Do You Live In A Bubble ?..................................PUCC; People UN CLEAR On The Concept

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Do You Live In A Bubble ?..................................PUCC; People UN CLEAR On The Concept

Some people don't think their decisions and home reno choices have any significant consequences. If so you might be living in a bubble.

Honey? Where should we put the electrical panel?  I don't know dear, why don't we put the walkin closet next to the stairs. It's closer to the bed room.

But hon, that'll leave the electrical panel in the bathroom.  Yes dear?

But hon it  probably should not . Dear I want it by the bedroom and there's enough static in the clothes as it is.



So we get this;

Behind this pair of surface mounted doors we find this; a hanging curtain of bubble wrap.

I doubt very much whether this material is perm rated but even if we generously assume it to be the same as 6 mil polly, it still is not an effective vapour barrier.

Why not?

Its a curtain. It's just hanging there so it can't be taped and continuously sealed to the wall vapour barrier.

This is where people are unclear on the concept of controling vapour movement within the home. 

So far this panel shows no humidity damage but that can change. The exhaust fan seen in the ceiling is there for the shower/tub humidity. If people stop using it or it becomes blocked them humid cconditions are going to up the hazard risk from the panel.

It should be obvious but it isn't.  Can you see electricity. NO.  Can you see humidity. Ditto - NO.

So it may not be as clear to those not conversant with the concepts but your inspector will understand the importance.


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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Robert,

It's simply amazing what we find when inspecting homes. I have never found this exact thing, but I have found them wrapped with plastic and other items to help keep the moisture out when the basements leak like a river.

Have a great day in Montreal my friend.

Best, Clint MCKie

Mar 19, 2013 09:30 PM