(This is Part 2 of a two-part series. See Part 1: Skylights done right.) Last time, we looked at how to avoid some skylight-planning pitfalls. Now, armed with a couple of prospective locations, we'll learn how to test a skylight's performance before it's installed. Of course, there are lots of complicated ways to do this – with computers, sun angle calculators, and what have you – but there's also a method that's simple, accurate and pretty good fun to boot. All you have to do is build a very simple model of the room out of white cardboard or foamcore board. A scale of one inch to the foot (the same one used for dollhouses) will work fine. We're not talking about fine art here – your model can be stuck together with sewing pins, mailing tape, or what have you. All that ...
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