Are you having Momplex withdrawals?
We are too!
Winter is here to stay this year in Alaska, and we are so thankful that all of our outside work has been completed for the year. We did not get the decks on, but we did pour the deck footings, so decks can go up before the ground thaws in June.
Inside, we did not get to where we wanted to be by winter. We were hoping to have the ceiling drywalled and insulated, but with a little thing like oh a first book releasing we had some scheduling conflicts. So we are pretty happy with being darn close to a fully insulated Momplex.
In our last Momplex post, we foamed all gaps, cracks, doors and windows in the Momplex to fully seal all the walls in. Then we put foam baffles up to keep the blow in insulation in the ceiling.
So after all this hard work to carefully seal the Momplex in, inspecting every square inch of the walls for any holes, filling even the tiniest cracks with foam ... what are we going to do?
Cut some giant holes in the sides of the Momplex, of course!
Because the Momplex is so airtight, we must consider how we can get the moisture out or the Momplex will have mold problems.
Bathroom shower of course.
And this baby promises to do the trick.
The bathroom fan/light combo in installed in the studs in the ceiling of each bathroom. We placed them in the center of the bathrooms. Of course, there will also be a vanity light for better light over the sink.
The fan/light combo will suck moist air up and out. But we will need to duct that moist air outside the Momplex.
Since we are going the blow in insulation route, we are using metal vent pipes. The flexible pipes can collapse under weight of the blow in insulation. This means the Ram will be up fixing it, wading through thigh deep blow in insulation. The Ram does not want to do this. So we are using metal vent pipes.
The pipes just snap together at a seam.
Each pipe has a flat end and a crimped end so you can join them together.
There's the crimped end.
And the flat end.
The crimped end just fits in the flat end.
So you can get a longer pipe.
And you can get elbows and adjustable elbows and lots of other different types of transitions to make the pipe go anywhere you choose.
All joints are screwed together.
You use a special metal stitching screw, at least three per joint.
Ah, tape. Yes, tape.
If you can tape, there's a job for you in construction. Seems there's some sort of tape for every step! Vent pipes are not exception.
The joints are taped off to prevent air leaking out.
This is actually pretty simple to do.
For the longer strips of pipe, sometimes it makes more sense to join them down on the ground. One thing to be careful of is considering if the pipe is going to be maneuverable up into the rafters as a long pipe, or if smaller sections would make more sense.
When possible, we joined the smaller pipe pieces into larger ones on the ground just because everything is easier to do while you aren't balancing between trussses, eight feet off the ground. The joints are screwed together.
And then all seams are taped.
This is one high security vent pipe. That moist air doesn't have a chance against the Ram!
And because this is the Momplex .... everything you do ... you get to do twice.
There's one Mom's bath vent.
And the other Mom's bath vent.
And then of course we had to put in range hood vents to vent their stoves. These we just stub down over the ranges.
And where do they all go?
The Ram cuts big holes in the sides of the Momplex.
Yep, all that careful insulating just to cut 6" holes in the sides of the Momplex.
The pipe is a little short, and we will need to cut pipe to fit.
We just use the tin snips to cut the pipe.
Put the pipe together and tape it off. But we have a problem now. Both ends of the pipe are flat and no end is crimped.
So out comes a crimper, basically just a fancy pair of tin snips (ie metal scissors)
And the pipe end just gets crimped.
Outside, vent cover kits are used to transition the pipe to the outside of the Momplex. Air can only go one way - out - through these vents.
Bye bye moisture!