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Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

I haven't posted anything for a long time. The latest happenings at DH-Corn: Many calls about Snow Loads- (from the Mid-Atlantic States)go figure!. Our houses are typically designed for 40 PSF. 3 Feet was ok but throw another 24" and it's pushing it. I tooked to our former engineer and his words of wisdom made sense. If you have solid beams and they are deflecting and making noise, get the hell out or get that white stuff off in a hurry. The nastiest conditions are those 4x14 Solid ridge beams used to span more than 10' sections. A few bad cracks and a huge knot in the center span is not a good thing. Put a temporary support under the beam down to a spot where a floor beam & post reside at the lower level. Hopefully all you Middies can get through this without gettin' up on those 3:12 pitched roofs to to back-breaking snow removals. If you do be careful not to damage the shingles. Always scrape down the slope- never across or up.  (Feb 12, 2010 | post #232)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

At the 930 Main Deck House Offices, we had 4" rigid in the design studio roofs. You could still here the rain hitting the roof. It was more relaxing than irritating. It never leaked in the "new" (1986) studio, but the old roof (1960's) had a few leaks (2" ridgid) during those nasty winter nor'easters.  (Nov 23, 2009 | post #225)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

This product sounds interesting,Good web site with tech. bullitens. What thickness rigid and what R-Value did you get out of your roof system?  (Nov 4, 2009 | post #216)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

Great advice. You need at least 4" rigid to not get heat loss and ice dams. I saw it on the main office building at 930 Main St. We had 4" on the back addition and 2" on the front. No ice dams in the back, but a few trouble spots on the front, at valleys and crickets, during those severe times. Here's another thought about roofs that have rigid w/o sheathing. With a 5" shingle exposure you're pounding about 102 spikes through one piece(4'x8') of rigid. If you've got sheathing, you only pound about 35 spikes all the way through it, then the 102 roof nails partially through the top of the rigid. Also(back in the 70's) pounding spikes into a shingle w/o sheathing you'd better have been to be real careful not to blow through or damage those those "three-tab bird mark 80 pecan blend" shingles! I think Bird has long been out of business, but you can find three tab look-a-likes at any Lowes or Home Depot. Better to just re-roof at some point.  (Nov 1, 2009 | post #214)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

Anne D. and others who are doing decks, That works out to $8.75 per LF. Not bad considering he has to get it to your site. Right now it's going for $5.50 a LF at DH. It will go up soon, because our mark-up is minimal. We can't get any more 18's. So you have to buy 20's for about $112.00 each. They won't stay at this price for long! The issue is shipping the stuff from Acton to the customer which costs about $300-500 for a haul to Maryland per a residential delivery. You can save $100 if your builder picks it up at the "Hub" of "YRC" (our Common Carrier). Some bulders and owners drive from the mid-atlantic states to Acton, MA to get their materials. They pay the MA tax, but save a few on shipping costs if you have a rig big enough to haul this long and heavy material.  (Nov 1, 2009 | post #212)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

There was a brief period where deckhouse didn't use sheathing above the rigid, but I don't think it was with the 4" nail and the 2" rigid. I'll check out the 1976 detail manual on MONDAY. I think it was in the sixties with a 1" cork roof. Most of these oldies have been re-roofed by now. Anyone with 3-tab shingles over 25 years old should consider a re-roof with at least a new thirty-year to lifetime rated shingle. Typically the 4" roof spike: holds down the sheathing(.5" ) and rigid(2") insulation, then penetrates the decking (1.5"). Then typical(1.25" ) roof nails are used to hold the shingles to the sheathing. There was a brief time when deckhouse did not use sheathing. I'll get back to you per above. If you're going to do a re-roof soon you'd best get ready to budget 4" rigid (2 layers), 6" spikes, and sheathing. Above the sheathing should be typical roofing stuff. If your house is 3:12 (14 deg.) pitch you might want to consider ice and water shield on the entire surface over the sheathing. If you have skylights and a northeast climate, all the more reason to do so. It's very difficult to salvage the existing rigid ins. Your builder/roofer will find this out when removing the existing spikes. Even if you've got no leaks and the rest of your shingles look "good", I'd still keep a good eye on these "33" year old boys".  (Nov 1, 2009 | post #211)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

Anne, How much per LF? Just Curious. P&B  (Oct 30, 2009 | post #207)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

My usual corrections on my own (above) ramblings-10/31/09 should be 10/31/08 Also, the "rebate" is really a gov. tax credit of $1500.00 for windows that meet the energy codes: U-Values 3.0 or better (lower #'s are better).  (Oct 27, 2009 | post #205)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

On cash sales, Any cash sale "over $1000" can be paid half up front and the final half when shipped or delivered to site. Smaller sales require full payment. Yeah, I was shocked when I found out that Robin was canned, but I called him and he's enjoying retirement but misses everyone out there who supported him over the years. Stephen Kay, hired last week, is filling Robin's shoes, as well as doing the accounting for invoices and material expediting. I had the pleasure of filling in for Robin the week after he was let go. It was no walk in the park. You can get hit with three builders at once plus many phone calls for smaller parts not to mention the gentleman in Vt. who wants you to research his 1966 Wasco Dome skylite cover replacement. All the customer data for "new sales" must must be in place before a sale can happen, so there's a bit of data entry and parts research involved. Pricing, tax and freight charges have to be verified per each different type of sale and location. The good news is for "out of staters". No Mass. tax if we ship it to you. If you pick it up in Mass. we tax you. I have a deep respect for Robin and all his work over the years for DHI. I think I'll stick with design/panelizatio n stuff if given the choice, although I'm enjoying the customer interaction, especially when they're simply delighted to hear that the doors are open again and that the unique parts still can be purchased ad built by a few of same guys who were there when the big ship sank. It was hard to help clear out the old 930 Main St. Building. The building is being leased or sold and all Company valuables will eventually wind up at 848 and 852 Main St. A handful a original employees and movers had a week to "clean house". Some employees had left there desks "ready to go" as if we were all going to come back the next week after 10/31/09. The "Employee of the Year" Plaques, remained in tact. I was nice of Tom to let Dave V. and Doug G. into their Studio's to pick up their sacred belongings. They arrived at similar times and chatted. The rest is history-forever.  (Oct 25, 2009 | post #204)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

By rebate, I mean the "government funded" one.  (Oct 25, 2009 | post #203)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

Another tidbit. I hear the Conpany may soon get it's window and slider (U-Value) NFRC ratings back. I hear that they are corresponding with the group at the testing lab by finding methods improve the products' ratings to 3.0 or better (the lower the U-value the better) so Customer's can get the 15% rebate on these products. Not sure how long this will take and what will have to be done to achieve this improved rating. I believe that the windows are very close and that only a small "tweak' will get the slider's up to snuff. I'll keep you guys posted on this event as it unfolds.  (Oct 25, 2009 | post #202)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

Bill, I think those are someone else's sites. The "Acorn-Deckho use Trudeau Homes Int." Site will be launched soon (So I hear.)Until then, you can look at the old "Empyrean " site to look at "what it is that we still do". (that sounds a little like a "MHS" quote).  (Oct 24, 2009 | post #201)

Lowell, MA

Empyrean International

Wow! Such a negative, hostile outburst. Why are people working there, if it's as bad as you say? From, what I know,"Knowing Guy", people are buying sliders and windows at the same prices as last year. And yes, they are confidently using their credit cards! And the customers are only paying for half of the sale up front and the remainder when shipped. Customer "Dobbins " says he got his new windows in a timely fashion. Shouldn't you be cheering the success of this small start-up company so more employees can be hired full time?  (Oct 24, 2009 | post #200)

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