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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Is there long-term off-gassing from polyurethane closed-cell spray foam insulation?

We already installed Quadfoam 2.0, a "two-component, 2 lb., closed cell, spray applied, rigid polyurethane foam system" under the roof of our house, between the rafters. We read the manufacturers ...
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Is it a good idea to cap fiberglass batts with blown cellulose?

I currently have fiberglass batt insulation of about 6 inches (in some spots less than that closer to 3 inches) due to a cleanout necessitated by rodent activity which has been hopefully remedied. I ...
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How Do I Insulate My Bathroom Floor?

I'm renovating my bathroom and I need to insulate the floor. It's a concrete slab with 2x4 joists set on one brick piers. The home was built 50 yrs ago. There was no insulation at all in the floor. ...
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Creating 1" Air Gap between foundation wall and fiberglass batts

We just bought a house in Calgary, AB, Canada and noticed that the basement is below grade and is insulated with fiberglass batts. There is no drywall at the moment; hence, I have access to the vapor ...
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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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Gap between 6“ dia wall thimble & 6” hvac pipe

I bought a 6" dia aluminum wall thimble to vent my 6" dia hvac steel exhaust pipe through to the outside. However, the diameter of the 6" thimble is actually 6 3/4". How do I effectively insulate the ...
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How should I insulate my workshop

I have a 20x14' workshop in my backyard. When I had it build, I had the installer place rigid insulation form under the concrete slab but everything else was not insulated. Since then, I've ...
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Is insulation around a dryer vent hose safe?

I live in an old apartment which does not have laundry, or even laundry hookups. Since I despise laundromats, I took it upon myself to get a portable washer which connects to a sink, and a portable ...
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Wind from kitchen sink drainage pipe

We live on a windy coast of North Sea. High wind is a norm here. One of the problems I face with the wind: it comes out from kitchen sink drainage pipe. If it is blowy outside, you can feel a draft ...
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Mounting exterior shutters on deeply recessed windows

I want to mount shutters on my 1930's house, but since we've had it insulated with polystyrene, the recess is 7 inches. That would need a huge offset hinge!! The windows are metal-cased woodframed ...
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Is silica gel used for insulation in walls/floors/ceilings?

Silica gel has great insulating properties (video). Is it used for home insulation? If yes, which products are available?
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was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?

my bathroom fan was dropping water so i went up to the attic and applied fiberglass insulation to the bare metal vent pipt from the fan out to the roof. i was up in the attic for an hour wearing ...
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How do I remove blown in attic insulation?

I want to replace the drywall ceiling in my house. It's old and has been painted over a million times. Home was built in the 50s. How do I replace the ceiling without replacing the insulation? Or if I ...
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Installing moisture/weather barriers around home/ doors and windows

What is the proper way to installed moisture/weather barrier around doors and windows in southern Louisiana?
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Asbestos? What do you think?

I originally thought so, but now I'm not so sure. Thoughts? It was located around HVAC vents.
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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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Should I bother to flip basement ceiling insulation that's on backwards?

the rolled faced insulation on the ceiling of my unfinshed unheated basement is on backwards(vapor barrier facing down instead of up towards the 1st floor),1st floor is uncovered hardwood. Insulation ...
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Water coming from the cistern is not capable of flushing the commode?

Its been months now that our water pressure is not enough to fully flush the commode, every time it must be filled manually or wait until it fills for the second time for a complete flush out.
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Should I use faced or unfaced insulation in a utility room area?

I'm trying to keep my unconditioned utility room from being so darn cold and hot during the year, and to keep the condensation line from freezing during the winter. I figured insulating the area ...
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Thermal Mass Puzzle I Can't Figure Out

I live in Los Angeles and have 2 units on my property. I use the front one as my office. I had the floors done years ago and thought I would get tile and have a subfloor of cement put in so that I ...
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Are there any dangers associated with rigid foam insulation?

Is there any danger of bad fumes/gasses being released from polyisocyanurate or polystyrene rigid foam insulation? I'm planning on insulating my bedroom from the inside (ie: putting the insulation ...
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What's the best way to keep my garage from freezing?

I live in Colorado. My 1950s house has a one-car attached garage that was built in the 2000s. The walls that are not shared with the house are not insulated: the studs and sheathing are visible from ...
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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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How to block airflow under an interior door over carpet

I have an air conditioned bedroom. I'd like to prevent heat from entering thru the door. I got door seals for the sides the top of the door, but I can't figure out a good solution for the bottom of ...
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What is the proper way to perform work in an attic? (UPDATED)

For an attic with rolled fiberglass insulation, what is the proper way to perform work in the attic? Is it okay to just walk on top of the insulation, stepping where there are beams underneath it? ...
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Mending plastic sheeting behind sheetrock

My house was built around 2000, and seems to have plastic sheeting behind the sheetrock (I'm unsure what thickness plastic was used and what type of plastic; is there some sort of standard?) My house ...
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Opening in dropped ceiling causes room to get warm

I've moved into a new home last year. One attached room is a workshop with a drop ceiling and it was comfortable at around 70 degrees last summer with the air conditioning. This year, I moved a piece ...
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Is there a significant benefit to using plastic window insulation year round?

In order to help save more money and funnel more of those savings to debts, I'm looking for more ways to save money. I've heard that puting plastic window insulation over single-pane windows ...
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Spray Foam Insulation Health Concerns - Alternative Spray Foam Products

I am looking to gather facts (although I am sure there will be a fair amount of opinions) about spray foam insulation and the health concerns associated with the install and everyday living. I mainly ...
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How to insulate already-existing stud walls along block foundation

My new (to me) house has a 60-year-old block foundation. The previous owners did little to no insulating in the basement. However, they started to finish a bedroom down there, and got as far as ...
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Does the thickness of insulation on the cooling pipe of an air contioner make a difference to preventing mould and condensation

We have an apartment in Port Hedland WA.( Extreme humidity and heat) It's relatively new( 3 years old) but there was mold all over the ceiling and along the walls following the air con pipes to ...
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What type of insulation has the highest R value per inch?

I am trying to find the best insulation for my apartment. The limitation is that space between the drywall and the ceiling is 1/2". I live on the top floor of my building.
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Under-floor Insulation in crawl space?

We just bought a single story house, pier and beam at grade level over 36" vented crawl space. The house is located in the Portland, OR area, was built in 1972, and never had vapor barrier or floor ...
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Adding insulation in a finished ceiling with no access

I live in a condo that the builder decided not to put insulation between the different levels. I don't own the condo above me. With hardwood floors and no insulation it's very noisy. My goal is ...
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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. I'...
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Insulating a post and beam construction roof/cathedral ceiling

My house (built 1972) has a cathedral ceiling with post-and-beam construction in the main room. The ceiling temperature can get as high as 90F, or even greater on a very hot sunny summer day, as ...
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Is it better to fill up the space between rafters with insulation, or put baffles on top and add soffit vents? (inland Los Angeles, cathedral ceiling)

I have 5.25" tall rafters, about 30" on center, with roof planks directly on top of them. I would like to keep the rafters visible, but add insulation between them. So I only have a few inches to work ...
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Is it dangerous to use polyisocyanurate without covering it with drywall?

I would like to glue sheets of polyisocyanurate to one basement wall which is very cold in the winter. Due to plumbing and electrical panels, I will not be able to cover the polyiso with drywall. Are ...
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Insulating ducts in a crawlspace

Consider a source duct from the furnace/AC. The ducts run in a vented crawlspace. The floors atop the crawlspace are a mix of hardwood and kitchen vinyl. The symptoms are: the longer run vents aren'...
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Rockwool / Mineral wool for my crawlspace?

Should I spend extra money and insulate my crawlspace with rockwool? I like that it is easy to install, that it stays in place and looks clean up above. It does cost more per sqft. I have a 1980's ...
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Air Seal recessed cans without attic access

I recently discovered moisture in my attic and the mold inspector recommended sealing all the canned lights in our house. We have about 30 in vaulted ceilings where there is no attic access. Any ...
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What can fiberglass insulation NOT touch?

I have some rolls of 15" R-13 insulation that I am planning on installing in my floor joists to help sound proof my basement ceiling. Is there anything that the insulation can't touch? I know that the ...
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Installing cardboard deflectors (baffles) in attic

Goal I need to install 75 cardboard deflectors (baffles) in my attic. I need to do this so that the cellulose does not go into my soffits. Current Setup I brought myself up three sheets of 2x10 ...
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Redoing my roof: how should I redo my insulation?

I live in Denver. My 60 year old house is 1.5 stories. The upstairs has a highly sloped roof and definitely has insulation in the relatively narrow attic and I believe has insulation at the angled ...
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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 area)....
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How can I insulate a finished 1 1/2 story space

I have a 1 1/2 story portion on my house that has a finished office space and closet on one side. The room has no insulation as I've done a little work and had to take some drywall off the outer wall ...
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Do you tape kraft faced insulation?

So I am going to use 12" R-38 kraft faced insulation in my attic. I plan on face stapling the paper to the bottom chord of each truss. I imagine most of the seams sideways where stapled will overlap....
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Insulating between boiler room and bathroom

Part of my bathroom is directly above the boiler room. The boiler room is only accessible via an external door and is well ventilated with wall and door vents, so I consider it more like an outhouse ...
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Insulation and vapor barriers behind Corian/Greenboard shower walls

I've got a small bathroom that I am working on repairing/refinishing. I've removed the existing (leaky) shower and base and am replacing them with Corian-like materials (Kohler's Choreograph for the ...
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Cost of XPS panels vs. sprayed closed cell foam

I'm starting the process of finishing my nearly full height (7'2") basement and am costing out the insulation. Based on my research of what's best below grade, I'm debating between XPS foam panels (...