Benoit Paire stuns Marin Cilic in Dubai

first_imgDUBAI: Benoit Paire fought off four match points at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday, overhauling former US Open winner Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/1) to reach the second round.In other matches of the day, Dan Evans beat Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-4 7-5, Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5 6-2, Filip Krajinovic beat Joao Sousa 4-6 6-3 6-3, Alexander Bublik beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 7-5. AgenciesAlso Read: Spain’s Carreño, Frenchman Paire to kick off Davis Cup semifinalAlso Watch: Khelo India Lawn Bowl Gold Medalist Suranjana Baruah shares candid moment with THE SENTINEL DIGITALlast_img

Match Iskra-Travnik on 23 February

first_imgFootball players of ”Travnik” will have an exhibition match with FC ”Iskra” on 23 February, Saturday.Because of the snow, the match will not be played on Jaklić Stadium in Bugojno but on Hendek.The match will start at 2 p.m, and it will be the opportunity for Travnik’s coach Beganović to see how his 11 players play before the BiH premier league match which will be held on Grbavica in Sarajevo on 2 March, when FC Travnik plays against FC Željezničar.Beganović said that Lihovac and Simeunović will not play against Željezničar.last_img

NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 16

first_imgWeek 16 is done, and with a week now remaining in the 2019 regular season, the NFL playoff picture is almost complete based on the current AFC and NFC standings.Here is an updated look at what each conference field would look like now, what teams are still in contention and what teams should already be thinking about the offseason. (Getty Images) (SN/Getty) 5. Seahawks, second place, NFC West (11-4) — The 49ers’ win plus the Seahawks’ loss in Week 16 dropped Seattle a full game in the division and down to the wild card. The Seahawks can still win the NFC West by beating the 49ers in Week 17. Who’s left to play: vs. 49ers | Seahawks seeding scenarios6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (10-5) — The Vikings are locked into this seed after losing to the Packers in Week 16. They’re done in the division and can’t jump either the 49ers as a 12-4 wild card or the Seahawks as an 11-5 wild card because they would either be a game down or lose the head-to-head tiebreaker. Who’s left to play: vs. BearsWho can get there?7. Cowboys (7-8)The Cowboys’ playoff chances are down to winning the NFC East over the Eagles. Dallas needs to beat Washington at home in Week 17 while Philadelphia loses to New York.MORE: Updated NFL Draft order for 2020Who’s out? AFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. Ravens, champions, AFC North (13-2) — With their Week 16 win over the Browns, the Ravens clinched the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, sitting a game (plus a head-to-head tiebreaker) up on the Patriots. Who’s left to play: vs. Steelers2. Patriots, champions, AFC East (12-3) — The Patriots clinched an 11th consecutive division title by beating the Bills at home in Week 16. New England likely needs to beat Miami at home in Week 17 to stay ahead of the Chiefs and get a first-round bye. Who’s left to play: vs. Dolphins | Patriots seeding scenarios3. Chiefs, champions, AFC West (11-4) — The Chiefs beat the Bears in Week 16 to keep pressure on the Patriots, the team ahead of them that they beat. They need to keep winning and get some big-time help from the Dolphins to move up to first-round bye position. The Chiefs also need to be wary of losing and dropping to No  5 and into a tougher wild-card playoff game. Who’s left to play: vs. Chargers | Chiefs seeding scenarios4. Texans, champions, AFC South (10-5) — The Texans can do no worse than the No. 4 seed after clinching the division with their Week 16 win over the Buccaneers. With the playoff berth secure, they can look to move up a seed in Week 17, having already beaten the Chiefs. Who’s left to play: vs. Titans5. Bills, second place, AFC East (10-5) — The Bills are locked into this seed as the top AFC wild card after missing their chance at the division against the Patriots. They beat both the Steelers and Titans, the two teams fighting for the final wild card, and neither of them can catch the Bills, anyway. Who’s left to play: vs. Jets6. Titans, second place, AFC South (8-7) — The Titans lost to the Saints in Week 16, but they still control their own fate thanks to the Steelers’ loss to the Jets. They no longer can win the division, but if they can rebound on the road after a two-game home losing skid and avenge their loss to Houston, the Titans would qualify. Who’s left to play: at TexansWho can get there?7. Steelers (8-7); 8. Raiders (7-8)The Steelers dropped out of the playoff picture with their Week 16 loss to the Jets, as they lost the conference-record tiebreaker they had over the Titans. They need to hope the Titans lose to the Texans and they beat the Ravens, who have nothing on the line in Week 17.The Raiders need to beat the Broncos in Week 17 and have three things happen elsewhere in Week 17 to get in.Who’s out?9. Colts (7-8); 10. Jets  (6-9); 11. Broncos (6-9); 12. Browns (6-9); 13. Chargers (5-10); 14. Jaguars (5-10); 15. Dolphins (4-11); 16. Bengals (1-14)The Browns were eliminated in Week 16 after losing to the Ravens. The Colts were eliminated with their Week 15 loss to the Saints. The Broncos were eliminated with their Week 15 loss to the Chiefs. The Jaguars were eliminated with their Week 14 loss to the Chargers, who also were eliminated by the Steelers’ win.The Jets were eliminated by both the Steelers and Titans winning in Week 14. The Dolphins were eliminated in Week 13. The Bengals have clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.center_img 8. Rams (8-7); 9. Bears (7-8); 10. Buccaneers (7-8); 11. Falcons (6-9); 12. Cardinals (5-9-1); 13. Panthers (5-10); 14. Giants (4-11); 15. Lions (3-11-1); 16. Redskins (3-12)The Rams’ loss to the 49ers in Week 16 eliminated them from playoff contention. The Bucs pushed the Lions further down in Week 15, but they already were eliminated from a wild card. The Panthers and Redskins, before losing again in Week 15, were eliminated from contention with their respective losses to the Falcons and the Packers in Week 14.The Lions, Falcons, Giants and Cardinals were eliminated with respective losses to the Bears, Saints, Packers and Rams in Week 13. MORE: Clinching scenarios for Week 16NFL standings for Week 16 NFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. 49ers (12-3), first place, NFC West — The 49ers jumped back to the No. 1 seed with their win over the Rams in Week 16, now a full game ahead of the Seahawks for the division lead. Seattle failed to pull even and push San Francisco back down to No. 5 by losing at home to Arizona on Sunday. The Week 17 Sunday night rematch in Seattle is now the division title game, but for the 49ers, who beat the Packers and Saints, it’s also their chance to lock down the top seed. Who’s left to play: at Seahawks | 49ers seeding scenarios2. Packers, champions, NFC North (12-3) — The Packers clinched the division title by finishing their season sweep of the Vikings in Minnesota to close Week 16..They are No. 2 because they lost to the 49ers but hold the conference-record tiebreaker over the Saints. They would be guaranteed to stay here with a win. They also would need a 49ers loss with the Seahawks winning the NFC West to earn No. 1. Who’s left to play: at Vikings | Packers seeding scenarios3. Saints, champions, NFC South (12-3) — After beating the Titans on the road in Week 16, in order to move up to No. 1, the Saints need the Packers to lose in Week 17 and hope the Seahawks, whom they beat, win the NFC West. For now, they have the worst conference record between themselves, the 49ers and the Packers. Who’s left to play: at Panthers | Saints seeding scenarios4. Eagles, first place, NFC East (8-7) — The Eagles finally took the division lead away from the Cowboys by beating them in Philadelphia in Week 16. They are a full game ahead, but to win the NFC East, they still need to beat the Giants for the second time in four weeks or have the Cowboys lose or tie against the Redskins. Who’s left to play: at Giantslast_img read more

The Pattaya 8-Ball Pool League

first_imgDivision 2 Crazy Eddie’s330261979 Mee Chew2021020-102 Pussy Galore3303510259 San Snack Bar211151504 Joy’s Paradise2021020-102 Chill Out Bar3121228-164 Parrot Inn10178-11 Webby’s Star220228146 Cock Inn330252059 Wobbly’s211151504 Shoot Pool1109633 Black Sheep3031926-73 Results: San Snack Bar P v P Shoot Pool, TJ’s 5 v 10 Pussy Galore, Black Sheep 6 v 9 Dean’s Bar, O’Leary’s 7 v 8 Cock Inn, Joy’s Paradise 5 v 10 Crazy Eddie’s, Mee Chew 0 v 0 Bye, Wobbly’s 8 v 7 Blarney Stone TeamPlayedWonLostForAgainstDiff.Pts. Results & Standings Nov. 1 (week 3) Dean’s Bar211161424 OK Corral321271897 The Lion Bar3122223-15 Jan & Bookie’s321231767 Ruby (2)321261977 TJ’s3031728-113 TeamPlayedWonLostForAgainstDiff.Pts. O’Learys3121728-115 Britannia220191186 Old Thaiangle3122124-35 The Windmill312232215 The Lincoln3121728-115 Bunker Bar3212124-37 Blarney Stone321261977 Moonshine Place2021020-102 Division 1 Results:  Bunker Bar 5 v 10 Ruby (2), OK Corral 7 v 8 The Lincoln, The Windmill 6 v 9 The Lion Bar, Jan & Bookie’s 10 ns 0 Chill Out Bar, Britannia 9 v 6 Old Thaiangle, Webby’s Star 0 v 0 Bye, Parrot Inn P v P Moonshinelast_img read more

Agent confirms Mendenhall retiring from NFL at 26

first_imgRashard Mendenhall (AP Photo/File)PHOENIX (AP) — Running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring from the NFL at the age of 26.Agent Mike McCartney confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that Mendenhall had decided to end his playing career after six NFL seasons, all but one of them with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Mendenhall, the Steelers’ first-round draft pick and 23rd overall selection out of Illinois in 2008, gained 4,326 career yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry.After signing a free-agent contract with Arizona, he was hampered by a toe injury much of last season and was most effective down the stretch. Mendenhall finished with a team-high 687 yards in 217 carries.Mendenhall had consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the Steelers in 2009 and 2010. A knee injury limited him to six games with Pittsburgh in 2012.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER QUOTES -30- FLAVIEN PRAT, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND: “I had a good race today. Last time I rode him, I wasn’t on the lead and I think being on the lead today made all the difference. He’s so much better on the turf, he did a great job. It’s always sad to be beat by so little, but I don’t have any excuses.” GARY STEVENS, BOOZER, WINNER: “He loves this turf course. He runs well off the hill even though he hasn’t run off it for a while. Mark had him sharp today and he broke real sharp. I just followed Mike (Smith, aboard Forest Chatter) the whole way down the hill and when we crossed the dirt, I pushed the button and he just ground it out. He’s a lot of fun to ride, he’s a true professional.“I knew when I got up to the top of the hill before the race that he was sharp. He was on his toes; he was dancin’ and prancin’ around. He went into the gate aggressive. I told Mark this morning that I was going to try and put him on the lead, or close to it and he just smiled at me.” MARK GLATT, BOOZER, WINNER: “He comes with his game every time. Sometimes they’re a little bit better than him and sometimes we’re running him at a distance that he’s not at his best, because he’s a good Cal-bred, and to run against Cal-bred company, sometimes the distances fluctuate a little bit.“I think a mile, a mile and a sixteenth are his best distances, a mile and an eighth is a hair too far, and he runs good down the hill. I wasn’t really concerned about him shortening up. He’s pretty versatile.”center_img AL AND SANDEE KIRKWOOD, OWNERS, BOOZER, WINNER: “He’s definitely paid his way for us. We’ve had a lot of fun with him. He’s always competitive. He’s hardly ever off the board. He won a hundred -grander coming down the hill before (California Flag Handicap, Oct. 18, 2014). We ran him a mile-and-an-eighth last time, he ran third behind some real good horses, so we decided he had a little extra wind for this race and he sure did. Gary did a good job riding him and Mark Glatt’s done a good job training him.” NOTES: Winning owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood are from Ridgefield, Washington. They have been in racing since 1988. JOCKEY QUOTES last_img read more

Diamond Bar gearing up youth indoor soccer program

first_imgBoys and girls ages 4-9 can register for Diamond Bar Community Services youth indoor soccer league. Registration will start Feb. 20 for this eight-week program. Both practices and games will be played at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School, 23300 Golden Springs Drive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Skills day will kick off the season on Saturday, March 31. For information, call (909) 839-7070. last_img

KZN: world-class tea producer

first_img21 May 2008Thinking of KwaZulu-Natal does not usually bring images of world-class tea production to mind. However, Nkandla, in the rural heartland of the province, is home to a world-renowned tea producer that is changing the lives of a community.The 25-hectare Ntingwe Tea Estate was created by the Ithala Development Finance Corporation in 1988 and later funded jointly by KwaZulu-Natal’s agriculture and environmental affairs department, retailer Woolworths said in a statement this week.Thirteen years and 425 hectares later, the estate counts Woolworths and the most prestigious tea merchants in Europe among its clientele. Ntingwe tea has been a feature on Woolworths’ shelves as a single-origin tea for the past five years, with supporting empowered enterprise development being a key focus area for the retail chain.They founders of the tea estate set out to help the impoverished rural community by forming a business that would create employment and facilitate socioeconomic development in the region, as nearly 60% of the region’s residents were unemployed at the time.Labour-intensive cropWhy tea? The region’s climate was considered suitable for tea growing, while the crop had also been identified as labour-intensive, thus providing employment and infrastructural development for the area.Veteran industry expert Ryle Perera, now general manager of Ntingwe Tea, was contracted to develop the commercial side of the business.From the beginning the estate decided to focus on the premium single origin tea market. While their tea was produced on a single estate and was unblended, the commercial tea market was dominated by tea blends containing ingredients that are produced all over the world.The enterprise now employs around 900 people from surrounding villages, and has helped bring electricity, running water, telephones, clinics and schools to the area. In addition, the estate has trained farm labourers, electricians, managers, administrators and nurserymen.Furthermore, the Ntingwe Tea Estate works with local growers, who grow tea on their land. The estate purchases leaves produced from these plots for processing at the factory.World-class tea“The premium tea market is very discerning,” said Perera, adding that the local marked should pay more attention to locally produced single origin tea. “The range and breadth of our clientele proves that this country grows and produces world class tea.”Ntingwe tea is produced from plants that are harvested during the summer months. Quality is paramount and trained tea tasters routinely check every batch to ensure the estate is producing the best daily.In keeping with Woolworths’ good business journey strategy to reduce the retail chain’s impact on the environment, Ntingwe supplies Woolworths with tea packaged in a container made from recycled material.“Ntingwe tea’s success is truly inspirational,” said Woolworths head of foods Julian Novak. “We are privileged to have been part of it. Woolworths continues to identify and work with emerging suppliers and give them access to the formal marketplace.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Zuma: SA crazy about football

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma celebrates the50-day countdown with a rendition ofthe Diski Dance.(Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0470RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• World Cup 2010? Yes, we can• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever hits the roadSource: The PresidencyPresident Jacob Zuma was in Kimberley on 21 April to mark the start of the 50 days’ countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Wearing a yellow Bafana Bafana shirt, the president addressed a capacity crowd, encouraging the nation to get behind the home team, and praising the enthusiasm of South Africans in the run-up to the long-awaited football tournament.His speech follows below:Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Hazel Jenkins;MECs;Safa president Mr Kirsten Nematandani;CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan;Representatives from the 2010 Fifa World Cup sponsors, affiliates and partners;Fellow South Africans,It feels almost like a dream to say that today marks exactly 50 days to go before the kick-off of the spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in this country.That is the moment which we are all waiting for, our maiden showcase for the African continent with the tournament of this magnitude. We have spoken about the year 2010 for so many years in this country that it became synonymous with football and celebrations. But somehow it just seemed to be taking too long to come, until now!The celebration of 50 days before kick off today is a culmination of the efforts of more than a decade of hard work and dedication. We thank the organisers and all stakeholders for their tenacity and distinct character in bringing this tournament here and preparing so meticulously for it.We also thank the people of South Africa for all the initiatives which they are mounting even today, towards the success of this tournament and beyond.Included among these tourism ambassador programme, of about 15 000 volunteers who will be placed across the host cities during the tournament, as well as a wide range of efforts from various sectors.South Africans embraced the World Cup tournament many years ago. They literally cried when we failed to win the rights to host the tournament first time round, and have been on a roll ever since, preparing for this excitement of a lifetime.Esteemed guests,What is happening in the country at the moment is quite a marvel to watch. The nation is seized with exhilaration and great anticipation. The flags and the colours of the country are in display all over, in the cars, in our houses, and in the attire. Football Fridays have been so popularised that most wish they were a daily indulgence.Taxi ranks, cafes, streets and literally every corner of the country becomes bright yellow on Fridays, a nation crazy about football and determined to make this tournament succeed beyond expectations. It is heartening to see how the entire nation is united in support of our national team. This harmony should define us and resonate in a wide range of spheres even outside sports.Nowhere else has this exhilaration been so expressly demonstrated and overwhelming than last week at the ticket sales outlets countrywide, where people spent a night queuing for tickets.On this note, we pay tribute to our compatriot who unfortunately lost his life while still on queue to buy a ticket. We extend our condolences to the family and relatives; we are truly saddened by this tragic incident. His patriotism and love for his country must be repaid by the support that South Africans will give to this tournament to the end.We are also enthused by the contribution of the private sector in this tournament, particularly with their motley array of Proudly South African products, including in arts and culture activities, as well as crafts. They have also contributed in ways that might be too numerous to mention, but all of those have played a crucial role towards the success that we are celebrating today as a nation.With an estimated turnout of thousands of members of media, this country is sure to receive the publicity that it has never received before. The story of this country is going to be narrated and retold in many languages to all parts of this world.Ladies and gentlemen,We are here today in Kimberley as part of team South Africa to mobilise our people behind this tournament and to communicate our readiness to host the event. Kimberley occupies a special place in the history and heritage of this country.This is the place where the world descended in the 19th century on what was popularly known as the big diamond rush. It is the place which heralded massive change in the economic landscape of our country and it has all kinds of relics to bear witness to this. This is why it is a famous tourist site and we believe that the Uruguay side was under no illusions when they chose this place as their base camp.It was at this stadium, in January 2009, where government, the Organising Committee in partnership with the South African Football Association and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) launched the 2010 Mass Mobilisation Roadshow which focused on youth development in sports and to create awareness on this tournament. I am hopeful that one day this city and province will have a football team in the Premier division.On this note, I therefore wish to commend the non-host cities for all the efforts that they have contributed towards the tournament. Most of them have provided base camps for the teams, preparing both accommodation and training facilities.In these seemingly limited ways, they will be able to showcase our ability even outside the scope of host cities. Each and every town in this country bears ineffaceable imprints of the history of this country, and has its own variety to offer. So it does not begin and end in host cities.We must remember that there is easy communication across the country. People will be visiting places far away from the host cities in between the games. Therefore I also thank the people of Kimberley and the Northern Cape in general for supporting this tournament.Programme director,This country has made all the preparations for the tournament and it is ready for it. Our host stadiums have been completed and match-tested. Any work that is still being done is just finishing touches on the precincts. We have made massive infrastructure upgrades and as it was indicated at the beginning of this year in Parliament, these projects will also continue beyond 2010.Our airports are ready; just yesterday we were opening the expanded OR Tambo International Airport and other airfields in various towns have been upgraded.Our much touted Gautrain will be able to ferry the people with ease from Sandton to the OR Airport. Plans have also been made to take care of any eventuality arising from power supply. Backup generators have been arranged. We will also be treating the world to first class fibre broadcast information technology, thanks to Telkom and Sentech.Security has also been adequately addressed. Provinces have developed detailed security plans, which have been synchronised to the national plan.Additional funds of more than a billion rand have been allocated for safety and security matters. These include additional service personnel, helicopters and all the required resources. Our security departments are co-operating with international law enforcement agencies to eliminate all threats to the event. So there is nothing that has been left to chance and no alarms should be raised about this.Another additional issue is that there are plans to establish special courts for this tournament so as to deal with the offences promptly. Emergency measures and disaster management plans have been completed in the host cities. Sufficient funds have been allocated for this purpose.Environmental plans to relieve stress on our natural resources are also in place, and a host of beautification, green goal and waste management projects are in place.We will also ensure smooth entry and departure from various ports of entry and measures to that effect will be announced. The opening and closing ceremonies have been planned and rehearsals are underway.Esteemed guests,Considerable spin-offs have been reaped from the preparations towards the tournament. About 66 813 direct jobs were created but the number is significantly higher when we consider indirect labour impact.Close to R9-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been accrued to households, including those in the low income bracket. This tournament will contribute R4.9-billion ($616-million) to real GDP this year 2010, with the impact on the wide range of industries.It is in industries such as tourism where consumption is expected to be at its pinnacle. The Department of Trade and Industry is assisting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) sector to exploit event related business opportunities, such as crafts, hospitality, food, beverages and many others.The capital investment has also been so massive and will also be the lasting legacy which will improve our competitive edge in other tournaments. With the 846 billion rand infrastructure programme rolling out, the government is set to continue with this expansion even way beyond 2010.Therefore there is no gainsaying the fact that this tournament has made a massive impact in our economy already, and that its legacy will be equally impregnable.Now is the time for all of us to own this event, to make it our responsibility, as individuals and as a collective, to create necessary conditions for the success of this event.This is the single greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world. We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities and resilient people who embrace people from other nations and cultures.As we mark 50 days to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, even if we may still have one or two things outstanding here and there, the bottom line is that it is here, and we can feel it.Let us celebrate this moment, and be good hosts.I know that we have what it takes to do so!I thank you.Delia FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1692:tickets-160410&catid=46:2010news&Itemid=118#ixzz0lvIufe7Alast_img read more

Installing Windows the Right Way

first_imgFor best results, use a sloped sill or an interior damA sill pan is a waterproof barrier that redirects water to the exterior while protecting the window openings and adjacent areas from damage.“A sill pan has several elements,” Holladay says. “Ideally, it has a slope. On the exterior, it needs to extend to your water-resistive barrier (WRB), and it needs to lap the WRB (or to be integrated with some type of flexible flashing that laps your WRB).“Moreover, sill pan flashing has to be waterproof, and has to be able to hold standing water without wetting your rough sill. (Clearly, you current arrangement fails this test.)”Jamb flashing should direct any water over the lip of the pan so it can drain harmlessly away. Finally, an interior dam will prevent water from backing up toward the interior of the opening and causing problems.Siga Wigluv, Holladay adds, is an air-sealing tape. And although it may be waterproof enough to use as a site-built sill pan, Beaulieu hasn’t made any apparent attempt to build a pan with it.Although Beaulieu has followed the instructions provided by Siga for creating what the company refers to as a “sill pan,” Holladay thinks that the Siga instructions are “irresponsible.”“No construction expert I have ever talked to would call Siga’s use of folded-over tape a ‘sill pan,’” Holladay adds. Green Basics: Windows, Glass, Ratings and InstallationRating Windows for Condensation Resistance‘Innie’ Windows or ‘Outie’ Windows?Durable Window InstallationWhat’s Wrong With This Window Installation?Choosing Triple-Glazed Windows The house will dry out in timeBeaulieu’s house is showing typical signs of high humidity in new construction, GBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay writes. “Your house is humid because of construction moisture from the concrete foundation and drywall mud,” he says. “After 6 or 12 months, everything will dry out and stabilize.”He adds that it would be cheaper for Beaulieu to turn on a bathroom exhaust fan and let it run 24 hours a day than it would to use a dehumidifier, as Beaulieu wrote that he was planning to do.Stephen Thwaites of Thermotech Fiberglass Fenestration doesn’t think the wood shims are the source of the problem, but adds that with the drain holes now unblocked, the problem should be solved.But for Holladay, a more pressing concern is the apparent lack of a sill pan in the window opening.“It looks like you didn’t install any sill pans under your windows,” he says. “It’s fairly common for the rough sill under a window to get wet at some point. What you need to do is anticipate that wetness by flashing your rough sill. The Siga Wigluv tape in the photo does not amount to flashing, and it certainly doesn’t amount to a sill pan. Now that your windows are installed, however, it’s a little late to be discussing sill pans.” “We seem to have found the root of our condensation issues,” he writes. “Or have we? If not, what else am I missing?”His window problems are the start of this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost had to say:There are several issues I would like to chime in on:1. Moisture of construction. As we build tighter and more energy-efficient homes in cold climates in the middle of winter, I am seeing more and more cases of wintertime condensation, on windows and (worse) in walls. Moisture of construction has always been there; it’s just that we have changed the how and when of our building. And nine times out of ten, this issue comes to a peak as the drywall crew fires up their propane heaters for their taping. The best thing to do is get that central heating system hooked up ASAP (instead of propane heaters producing a ton of new moisture) and, as Martin says, get some 24-7 exhaust ventilation up and running as well.2. Responsible high performance manufacturing and sales. One of my pet peeves is the manufacture and sales of non-integrated products and components. High-performance builders should only purchase from manufacturers that integrate all of their own products and integrate their products with other components or products that fit into a system.How come high-performance skylights come with flashing kits and detailed installation sequences and most windows don’t? If all windows leak — and they will — then the integration of flashing, the window, and the weather-resistive barrier is the responsibility not of the installer alone, but of each and every manufacturer that contributes to the water-resistive barrier system. I am waiting for someone on the residential side of our industry to do what Tremco has done on the commercial side. Tremco’s Engineered Transition Assembly integrates all of their air and water barrier components into a guaranteed assembly. Now that is green building high performance.3. Sill pans. Martin and I were brought up with the same background on this: Every window installation must include a sloped or back-dammed sill pan weatherlapped with the water-resistive barrier (WRB). That weatherlap means the WRB tucks under the vertical apron of the sill pan and the WRB covers the vertical wings of the sill pan at the jambs. The sequencing of these weatherlaps depends on which gets installed first, the window or the WRB. I have never been able to do this correctly myself without first mocking up all the components and rehearsing the sequence, and the same is true for most installers.4. Integrating window flashing with the WRB, not the cladding. When I was a builder in the 1980s and knew absolutely nothing about building science or continuous water, air, and thermal barriers or control layers, I thought keeping water out of an exterior wall meant fitting cladding (clapboards, board-and-batten, you name it) tight enough together and then caulking around penetrations and weatherlapping drip edge to the cladding. And never mind vinyl siding; I just sort of punted and thought maybe the J-channel carried water like a gutter.It never even occurred to me that all flashing details should be integrated with the WRB, not the cladding. After meeting Joe Lstiburek and working with him for just a couple of months, I understood that you create a dedicated drainage plane by always integrating and weatherlapping your WRB to your penetration flashing, not the cladding. And yet, now many years later, I still routinely drive by job sites where there is no consistent integration of flashing to the WRB, there are reverse laps at the heads of the windows, and the builder is hoping for the best.Until we can train water to do what we want, it will remain cheaper and more effective to train our crews to weatherlap and integrate the WRB and window flashings.center_img Exterior trim is another problemIn addition to the lack of a correctly detailed sill pan, Beaulieu’s window installation seems to suffer from picture-frame trim that he’s installed over the edge of the window frames on the outside of the house. Beaulieu has drilled holes in the trim to match the weep holes in the frame, but this may not be enough to forestall problems.“The weep holes aren’t the only location where water exits a window,” Holladay says. “Windows are designed to shed rain off the sill. Windows need to be installed so that the sill extends beyond the siding. (This is a typical ‘outie’ installation.) When water drips off the sill, it drips beyond the siding.”The trim Beaulieu has installed now covers what would normally be a drip edge. Unblocked weep holes and a gradual decline in indoor humidity may be part of the solution to Beaulieu’s problems, but the exterior trim detail seems to be unresolved. And what about Intus installation instructions?Referring to installation instructions available at the Intus web site, Peter L points out the gap between the window and the sides of the rough opening are to be sealed with Tremco ExoAir flexible polyurethane foam. This tape, he says, expands to fill the gap and keep out water and air.Judging from the photos that Beaulieu has supplied, it looks as though he used spray polyurethane foam and Siga tape to seal the frames into the opening.“Each window manufacturer has their own personalized install directions, and I believe that if you had followed the Intus directions, you would not have had the issues you are experiencing,” Peter L writes. “There is no way water would have backtracked into the interior of the home had you installed the Tremco ExoAir properly as shown. Quality windows like Intus have detailed install instructions and following them will result in a better install.”But the Intus installation instructions raise issues of their own.“Remarkably, the installation instructions for Intus windows make no mention of flashing,” Holladay writes.“These instructions remind me of the type of installation instructions that window manufacturers used to provide in 1990. It’s almost as if Intus is totally unaware of developments in window installation methods over the last 23 years. Clearly, it’s time for Intus to wake up.”And apparently Intus has. The company is developing more detailed installation instructions that should be available early in 2014, Peter L says. Brian Beaulieu would seem to be well on his way to enjoying a high-performance house in southern Maine. The double-stud walls are 10 1/2 inches thick and insulated with mineral wool. The exterior air barrier is the taped Zipwall system, backed up with airtight drywall on the interior for a second line of defense against air leakage.Beaulieu has invested in top-quality tripled-glazed Intus windows suitable for Passivhaus designs. And it’s here that Beaulieu has run into a problem.“We’ve made a few errors which are now rearing their ugly head,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.Plywood shims on which the window sits are exposed on the inside, forming (in Beaulieu’s words) “a perfect thermal bridge.” The shims and now the rough window sills themselves are getting wet, apparently from condensation.And weep holes on the exterior of the frames were accidentally blocked with tape and trim, causing water to build up in the frames. The weep holes have since been uncovered, and Beaulieu plans on drying out the sills and shims with a heat and a fan. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Window Sills That Won’t Rot: Sloped Sill or Backdam? RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more