Insulation is any material used to slow the transmission of heat or reduce the transmission of sound. Typical materials include fiberglass, foam, blown cellulose, and reflective foil. This should not be confused with weather stripping.

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How to insulate existing roof space

I have an old (1950's), victorian esque, 2-story, uninsulated, lath and plaster house that I would like to add some insulation in order to at least curb the hot/cold of the Inland Empire here in ...
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Will insulating rim joist without sill plate lead to moister issues?

The house was built in 1930 and besides some bays stuffed with fiberglass the basement is uninsulated and unfinished. After two MN winters in the house I've managed to fill the larger holes but have ...
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Garage Wall Question- Insulation and vapour barrier?

We live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are redoing the wall that separates our house from the garage. The wall is built with 2 by 6's and has been insulated with Roxul R20 thermal batt insulation. On ...
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Can I remove HVAC pipes after exposing the ceiling?

I recently removed the drywall ceiling from my basement and have two related questions about removing the HVAC ducts/pipes. Pictures attached here: http://imgur.com/a/qep4w 1. Is it OK to remove the ...
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What is the Source of the Approximate “R Value” Chart?

There is a Chart labeled Approximate "R Value" of Walls, Windows, Ceiling & Floor in one of the responses to the question How can I measure the r-value of a wall? What is the source of this table? ...
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Will installing closed cell spray foam over ventilation for basement French drain significantly affect performance?

Question: Will installing closed cell spray foam over the ventilation for a basement French drain significantly affect the sump pump system's ability to remove water from the basement? Background: I ...
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How to insulate roof from heat (sunlight)

I'd like to insulate roof which is over my flat in 4 store building. MY flat is the last one and every summer is a killer for me as about for 1 month a year I have constant temperature of 30 Celsius. ...
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Can I add rigid foam to the cold side of a kneewall?

I have kneewalls and attic floor/1st floor ceiling that are insulated with R13 and then have plywood covering. The floor has plastic against the 1st floor ceiling "warm side". I'm considering adding ...
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How to re-insulate between roof and top floor?

The space between my roof and the ceiling of my 2nd (top-most) floor is barely enough for me to crawl in. The roof tapers down to either end of the house from that, making the outer reaches ...
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How can I insulate an already converted attic space?

A couple of years ago we had our attic converted to a spare bedroom, It became obvious after the first winter that there was a problem, after inspection it was confirmed that there is no insulation ...
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How do I attach windows to a block wall covered with rigid foam insulation?

I'm wrapping a block wall house with rigid foam insulation. I plan on liquid nailing it directly to the exterior block wall of the house. I plan on attaching furring strips with tapcons on top of the ...
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Insulating a thin-walled dormer

When I had my roof redone, we discovered that the nails they were using to put up the plywood base for the new roofing went through the sides of my dormers. Apparently those surfaces are a single ...
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How can I insulate a combo basement/crawspace?

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, so we have relatively cold winters (nighttime lows consistently below freezing) and relatively hot, humid summers (daytime highs consistently in the muggy 90s). My ...
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Does this count as a material alteration or repair for code purposes

Ontario Building Code, 2012 Except as provided in Section 3.17. of Division B, Section 9.40. of Division B and Part 11 of Division B, if an existing building is extended or is subject to ...
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How can I secure a metal frame to polyurethane foam?

I have used polyurethane foam to cover a 5 cm (2 inch) horizontal gap between a metal door and the ground. Polyurethane foam , as I know , needs to be covered with cement in order to withstand the ...
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How can I add more insulation to this roof?

We've recently leased an office in a tropical climate and I am trying to figure out the best way to increase the insulation in the building. So far I've researched: spray insulation (options are ...
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How can I insulate brick exterior walls in a 100 year old house with wood beams in brick pocket floor supports

My sister has a 100 year old or older home over a wet and damp crawl space on an island which has high tide and rain water flooding of streets an crawl spaces. A sump pump runs all the time. The home ...
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Should I install drywall or plywood above a drop ceiling to increase the insulation value?

I am currently insulating a new room in my house. I am planning to put up a drop ceiling. I have insulated between my roof trusses. Do I need anything else between my drop ceiling and attic space ...
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Do I need to add a protective layer to insulation for wall heater?

I am going to install a 4000 watt wall heater to an add on. It is the kind of wall heater that is seated in the wall. i also plan to install insulation in between my wall studs. there will be ...
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Whats the difference between metal and plastic insulation support fixings?

I am putting 30mm of fibre insulation on a party wall and then covering it with 12.5mm soundbloc plasterboard which will then be skimmed. Does it matter whether I use plastic or metal insulation ...
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Would a memory foam topper be a sufficient sound and vibration baffle for Dance Dance Revolution? [closed]

For the past several months, my roommates and I have taken to enjoying varying builds of Dance Dance Revolution in the evenings, inclusive of X, MAX 2, and Supernova 2. I personally have gotten ...
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How do I install a vapor barrier and insulation in an existing floor?

I have a large room in my house that is built over a crawl space. The floor of this room does not have any insulation installed in it. I live in upstate New York so it is my understanding that I ...
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How do I find the proper wires for service drop?

I have 125 amp service, and bought two #1 AWG black-colored wires for the electrician to use in his replacement. I couldn't find a white wire that size, or bare copper. Neither at Lowes nor Home ...
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How to apply wallpaper over styrofoam?

I live in an attic, and the head part of my bed is in a corner where the roof slope, an outer wall and the wall to the neighbour's unheated attic meet. After a few winters of waking up to the feeling ...
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Old cellulose insulation holding heat during summer

We have a house in Seattle that is 60 years old with 6-8" of blown in cellulose insulation in the attic with an inch of rock wool under that. There is basic ventilation in the attic. The trouble we ...
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Can I setup insulation without tearing down walls?

My situation is this: I moved into a new apartment last year and my office is the only room that isn't insulated, which is annoying. My daughter's room and her playroom are both insulated as expected. ...
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Is the material encasing a steam heating system asbestos? How can i determine this?

I'm looking to purchase a home. It has a steam heat boiler system, wrapped in a white material that seems "old". Is it possibly asbestos? How do I test to see?
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Can one pane of a double pane window be safely removed?

Recently I asked Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window? The answer appears to be "no", at least not without resorting to very dangerous chemicals. Two of the ...
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Remodeling an old mechanic's garage into a conference space

I am currently remodeling an old garage (Lube Center) into a conference space. Right or wrong, this is what I'm doing. I have already installed insulation with paper backing on the ceiling (Open ...
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Can I sweep blown insulation to one side and replace with fiberglass batts?

I noticed my attic blown in insulation is rather thin on one side. Rather than buying enough to cover the whole area, I was thinking of just pushing or brooming the blown in insulation toward the ...
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How do I insulate exterior basement wall?

Working from scratch with a bare wall. What do I do? 3 hardware stores have told me 3 different things. We have very cold winters here. Looking for cheapest and highest R value. contractor next door ...
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What is the best removable insulation material?

There is a crack in a wall that I would like to fill with some removable insulation. It must be removable, as such it should just be a temporary solution. I know of rockwool and glasswool, but don't ...
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Should I install a moisture barrier behind drywall in house with T1-11 siding?

My home interior walls are thick redwood paneling in the bay area mountains. i'm about to start removing the wood in my second bedroom and want to install a moisture barrier on the 1 outside wall of ...
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Can fiberglass insulation cause leaks?

I've recently bought a 100 year old wood frame house from a DiY guy who took decent care of the place. He didn't put any insulation in the attic though and my home inspector said insulation is a great ...
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Interested in home will mold problem . Can mold be in carpeting? Howe do i remove

Interested in purchasing a home that has been empty for several years. Has a little mold on upstairs walls able to take care of that. One room has ceiling repairs with mold. Can the mold go up into ...
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Insulating a stucco home

What is the best way to insulate a 1969 stucco home in the SF Bay Area? I have added a lot of insulation in the attic area but the rooms and walls are cold. Any suggestions? Steve
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Device to detect where heat or cold air is escaping or entering a structure

I would like to lower my environmental impact and reduce my energy bills by reducing areas where air might be entering or exiting my home. What type of device can be used to detect where heat or cool ...
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Should I block or insulate my air vents for the winter?

I live in a house which consists of a 17 year old extension on a 40 something year old cottage. The two main bedrooms are the only rooms in the house with air vents. They are also two of the coldest ...
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Can I paint over XPS insulation?

I've a top floor apartment in India which gets almost like an oven during the summers which is like for 9 months out of 12. I've decided to apply under the deck XPS 50mm (nailed to the ceiling). I ...
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How Much Attic Insulation? (R-value vs Ceiling Bowing)

I'm preparing to insulate my attic and need to know how much is necessary and how much weight the ceiling can support. I live in San Diego (mild/warm climate). The house was built in 1969. ...
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Vented soffit under bay window

Background: A bay window has been having ice dam issues for the past couple of years. I think the water is coming in through the space between the gutter and the fascia. That space is just on the ...
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Best way(s) to soundproof interior wall between rooms?

I had a few ideas in mind to keep our newborn from waking up our light sleeping toddler sleeping in the adjacent room. I'm open to new suggestions. :-) 1) Blow cellulose from above (unfinished ...
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Aerogel insulation viable?

I have read that new aerogel-type insulation offers potentially better efficiency than ordinary fiberglass, albeit with greater cost. Is this true at a practical level? Should I look at replacing some ...
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What is the best skim coating for polystyrene sheets?

My log hut is extremely hot, I have glued polystyrene sheets to the ceiling and would like to skim to create a clean finished off appearance. The sheets are the pressed pellets type (not isoboard) ...
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Insulate space above ceiling in 3 season room?

I have a three season room attached to the house, built on a concrete pad. There is no heat or a/c out to the room. The ceiling is currently open and I can see the underside of the planked roof. ...
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How to stop cold air entering through the breaker box

The breaker box is located in the laundry room of the house, which itself is an air conditioned space. I bought the house in the summer and this winter the room has been extremely cold even when the ...
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Add fiberglass rolls across joists in attic if joist cavities not completely filled?

We purchased a house with an insufficiently insulated attic. There's currently about 2-3 inches of loose-fill fiberglass insulation in between the 2x6 joists. I'd love to just roll unfaced R-30 ...
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Choosing a soundproof apartment - how wall and ceiling material predicts sound levels

Looking at different flats for a new home I would like to determine how much noise I would get from neighbours based on the brief visits to see the candidates. How could I measure that practically? ...
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Concerns about cutting into roof for attic access?

I've spoken with a contractor who proposes cutting a hole in the roof of our circa 1900 house to access the attic for installing insulation. This intuitively seems like a bad idea--that it could ...
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Insulating the roof rafters

I have a heater/AC UNIT installed in my attic and in winter the heat from the unit melts the snow turning into ice and creates a nitemareso I want to put insulation in the rafter to insulate the roof ...