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WarmBoard


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We finally began installing the WarmBoard today. It was a bit more complicated than I anticipated because we had to make a lot of cuts to get all the grooves to line up for the different loops. I think the plan that WarmBoard provided me was probably the most efficient use of material, but not the quickest to install. Another great thing that happened completely by accident is that all the plumbing in the wet wall managed to avoid the tubing runs in the WarmBoard. I think the mathematical odds of this happening with or without trying to plan for it are just about nil. You can see in the photos where the pipes and the tubing runs manage to miraculously avoid each other. Had they intersected I would have had to get a router and cut special grooves around the offending pipes. 

Oh, I should explain what WarmBoard is and why I’m capitalizing it weirdly. WarmBoard is basically a thick piece of plywood that has grooves cut into it in a squiggly pattern. A sheet of aluminum is then pressed on top of the plywood and into the grooves. One then lays out these boards in a specially designed pattern and runs PEX tubing through it and voila – one has radiant heat! The aluminum is supposed to radiate the heat upwards as well as securely holding the tubing in place. Basically, it’s fancy. 

Paxton came over to help today and I’m sure that his hands are covered in construction adhesive. Both of us were falling through the joists today, accidentally stepping on insulation while trying to carry the heavy-ass WarmBoard panels and not step on tools and make jokes at the same time. And everything is covered in the heavy duty glue that is used to attach the WarmBoard to the joists. The tools, our hands, parts of my face and hair, etc.

Also of note, I think Reggie is beginning to succumb to Ed time. It takes me ten minutes to think about just about every single thing – from where I left my coffee cup to figuring out which end of the board to cut to determining whether I should drive to Ferguson or Orchard for copper ells. That’s thirty minutes to do basically nothing. In that time Reggie can frame a wall or rip 20 pieces of plywood. It must be maddening for him to work with the likes of me. Tranquilo man, tranquilo. That’s his new mantra.

One Response to “WarmBoard”


  1. Jon Campbell Says:

    Lookin’ good ed! I’ll have to swing by soon to check it all out.