Ohhh Yeahhhh it was a good sales day. That is why the Kool Aid Man is bustin’ into the post. The life of a commissioned salesperson could be described as a tenuous existence at best. I have learned to be elated with success as right around the corner is the deflated experience of failure. From my meditation manuals comes the learned trait of floating through life down the center of the stream, not to be too extreme towards either shore, for the opposite awaits you behind the next door. But then again, who can predict when the Kool Aid dude comes pouring through, full of red liquid to spill on everyone, huh? Just who could predict that? I have had alot of comments interested in energy savings, green type of products. That is the energized part of today’s post. First up is the fingerjointed stud photo. You will have to look close but you can see where the stud is joined together (kinda looks like little fingers ie: fingerjointed). The process is where shorter sections of lumber are bonded together with water resistant adhesives to form a longer piece. This reduces warping which results in added strength. It can only be used in a vertical position such as a stud used in home building. The one shown here is actually (good ole see the previous post) southern yellow pine (SYP abbreviated-isn’t that clever) as opposed to SPF (spruce pine fir). The builder at this site told me he prefers more because of their preclusion to being straighter than SYP, which he said 1 out of every 15 SYP has a bow or is crooked. He showed me the 15 SEER HVAC unit installed in his attic space. I looked it up (because I didn’t know) and SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio in which the higher the number the more efficient the unit (which explains why he said this unit performed better than the 13 SEER unit). Residential housing manufactured after 2005 is required to have a minimum of 13 SEER unit. The 15 SEER unit, as it was explained to me, was preferential due to the increased energy savings, the better warranty, and the amount of the tax credit issued. Another superior product this builder showed me was the Moiststop brick veneer flashing. It is manufactured by a company named Fortifiber and comes is 18″ x 150′ rolls (see the black flashing under the white housewrap at the bottom of the picture). The product does what it is named, which is prevents the build up of moister from behind masonary brick. Where is the moister directed towards? Great question and the answer is illustrated for you. Along the side of the house there are weep holes (I had the GC point to it with his tape measure used as a pointer). Let us not leave this site without the flourish of accessorizing. He has installed three locations of double tray ceilings (see Shaftsbury Glen post for initial description) in the living room, entry and breakfast areas. The double tray is a variation of a boxed tray with varying heights. The first tray will house rope lighting for a “soft” effect (think wine and cheese crackers). This builder uses 4 5/8″ crown moulding in two layers for a total of 4 layers for his signature in the home construction. He told me not to forget to mention the switched receptical in the attic to turn the light off and on as required. Bradley Fry Builders of Durham NC, shown in the fingerjointed stud photo, (down in the Grand Strand to straighten me out he says) gave me this lesson and I am thankful for the format to share it with you.