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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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 ...
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Should I put vapor barrier only on exterior wall of a bathroom?

I've been searching around the site and haven't found an answer for my question on where to place a vapor barrier so I'm hoping to get a little more clarity here. Basically I'm in the home stretch of ...
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How should I insulate an interior wall between a warm humid bathroom and a cold bedroom?

We're redoing the master bath. I'm wondering if and how I should insulate the interior wall. Bedroom is kept at 60F. Bathroom will be warm (radiant floor) and humid even if we have and run vent fan. ...
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How to use thinner insulation than the steel studs?

Here in Brazil I can only find insulation that is about 35-40 mm thick. I intend to use it inside steel studs that are 70mm thick and I'm worried it might crumple or sag due to the extra space. What ...
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Is it crazy to put a hole on a fridge?

I want to buy a mini fridge, not for food storage, but for storing stuff I don't want to evaporate (gets hot in my room during summers) or preserve. I'm thinking maybe once in a while I want to make ...
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What is the minimum thickness of foam board when insulating a basement

What is the minimum thickness of the foamboard insulation that can be used when insulating a concrete basement wall when it comes to moisture control and temperature control? Obviously thicker is ...
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Insulation in the attic with ridge vent and eaves

Do I need to leave space over top plate at eaves when adding insulation if I have a ridge vent
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Can the blanket Insulation in my basement be left in place when refinishing?

I'm thinking about finishing my basement. It currently has the blanket insulation that the builder installed when we built the house last year. I'm unfamiliar with this product. Is it meant to be used ...
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Are curtains effective for keeping the room warm?

I live in a rented apartment and I am trying to find solutions to keep the heat in. The apartment has several big windows (the 'living room' has one wall that is 80% windows) and I have to run the ...
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How should I seal and insulate a crawlspace to mitigate radon and allow for storage in the space?

Background: I recently bought a house built in 1996. It has a 1480sq ft (approx) living area, which is the same as the crawl space size. The location is in the Kansas City metro area. The yard is ...
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Why isn't shed insulation working as I expected?

I insulated my 3x3.5 m metal shed with 55mm thick foil lined "space blanket". Foil inwards, of course, is, not facing the metal. The metal walls & roof was initially & thoroughly lined with ...
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Basement insulation w/ existing tar paper and studs

I recently pulled off old wood paneling in my basement, and would like to insulate it using rigid foam (silverboard or durofoam). Behind the panelling, there is tar paper, and 1x2" studs approximately ...
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How can I seal the large gap around my fireplace in a way that is safe and prevents air inflows?

I've got a spot by a fireplace that lets cold air in. Unfortunately its right where the metal of the fireplace meets the wooden framing/molding of the fireplace on the inside. This seems like ...
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open cinder block wall in basement

I am replacing some framing and sheet rock that has been contaminated by mice. The basement has cinder block walls that come up about half way for some reason. The house was built in the 1950s. In ...
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Will foam tape stop condensation on metal windows?

I am having an issue that water is building up on the inside of my metal window. has anyone tried putting foam tape on inside or outside to stop condensation?
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How should I insulate my garage roof if I want to use the garage as a workshop?

I have read a lot about proper insulation and ventilation, including some posts on this site, but none adequately answer my questions. My goal is to operate an electric heat source in the ...
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How to insulate register boot?

The county inspector dinged me on a couple of things for my bonus room renovation. One of these things is wrapping the register boots (endpoints) in insulation. I've seen registers with this ...
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Should I insulate the garage in the home I'm having built?

I am an amateur woodworker and am having a new home built. My part-time workshop will be in the garage. Where I live (central Maryland), the winters are often cold (below freezing) and occasionally ...
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Insulate ceiling, walls, or garage door?

I live in Ohio and have created a golf stimulator in my attached garage. The garage typically stays around 10 degrees warmer than the outside without wall insulation except the interior wall. I can ...
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How can I stop my windows from leaking when mild winter weather occurs?

We have an 11 year old bungalow and this problem only occurs on the middle section of a bay window. We think that frost happens inside the insulation somewhere and when the temperature outside is mild ...
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What type of insulation should I use for varying joist spans of 3-4ft?

I live in the #3 region in California, and am wondering what the most cost effective and functional DIY method for installing insulation under my floors. I have kneeling room crawl space under my ...
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Can I add more insulation to my attic?

I currently have pink fiberglass bats in the attic. I wanted to add blown in insulation. My attic space is a bit unique. I'm used to a moderate sized attic that you can access. This attic has no ...
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What's a high R-value insulation material alternative to dimensional lumber

Years ago I read somewhere about a building material described like this : a composite/synthetic material (not wood) available in traditional dimensional lumber sizes (e.g. 2x4) rigid enough to have ...
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How do I keep my house cool especially my terrace during summer?

I live in Bangalore in an apartment on the top floor and during summer, my terrace (built of concrete) absorbs a lot of heat. When I come home and switch on the fan, it ends warming my room and it is ...
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2 layers of plastic film window insulation?

I am insulating a single-pane window with plastic film (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GKC2GW?keywords=plastic film insulation&qid=1453679450). This window can't be opened, so I will keep ...
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What's the right way to insulate and frame around this pipe?

I have been studying the latest engineering on how to insulate and frame basements after tearing out a partially finished basement that had wood and insulation in direct contact with the concrete. ...
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How do I handle baffles at the corners on a hip roof?

What do the energy pros do here in the corner of a hip roof? I don't have enough room to install a baffle. I want to install insulation here, so I'm not sure if I would run into problems with moisture ...
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How do you insulate your pipes to protect against freezing?

So, my pipes froze in my house today, and it made me realize that I should better insulate them for the rare days that it gets in the teens here... What should I do to insulate them?
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Is it required for effectiveness to stretch interior window film?

Thanks in advance! Please let me know if I should provide more specific information, or if this is covered somewhere else. Short version: I am using a Frost King window insulation kit on a window. ...
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Attic insulation problem

I am wanting to insulate my roof rafters and finish over it with Sheetrock but it's just my rafters directly to my roof metal, what do I have to do to my roof metal do I can insulate and not worry ...
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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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How to cover exposed attic wall insulation

I have a small walk (crouch)-in attic from the closet of one of my upstairs bedrooms. It has insulation on the walls that form the bedroom closet/wall. Given how small the attic is, whenever I go in ...
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knee wall no venting possible

My master bedroom is above my garage. There is one part of the bedroom that has a cathedral ceiling with knee walls on both sides. There is no attic above this area because the drywall goes up along ...
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Improving insulation on windows and preventing heat loss

Here are the images of my window (currently it's 18F/-8C outside, 74F/23C inside): Now, this condensation / ice forming gets even worse - on some days whole bottom of the window from the first ...
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Adding ventilation and insulation with limited soffits

I’m hoping to add some insulation and ventilation to our attic. It’s a 1954 with a 1991 addition. The second floor is warmer in the summer, the original part much warmer than the addition. Current ...
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Getting R38 in roof with 2x8 rafters

I was planning to use foil faced 2" polyiso plus an air gap, plus 5 1/2 rock wool, to get 13+3+23, or r39. But this is all between the rafters below the roof deck, and the polyiso is impermeable. If ...
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What type of garage door seal is this?

Is this a type I cannot find, or is this just a normal flat rubber type that has been shoved into the kerf cut, folded over, and stapled? If the latter is the case, any idea why someone would do it ...
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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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Best insulation to adhere to back of door leading to attic space?

In the closet of an upstairs bedroom, there is a door about 3/4 the size of a normal door that leads to an unheated attic space. It gets pretty chilly in that closet during the winter months, since ...
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Jenn Air SVE47600 electric slide in range hole in oven--fire hazard?

My Jenn Air SVE47600 16 year old electric slide-in downdraft range has a hole (approx. 1.5" to 2" x 1") in the oven liner (underneath the broiler element) near a steam vent! Seems like it rusted. ...
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Attic insulation: Giving unfaced insulation a face

I just moved into a small 1950s home. The previous owner had purchased tons of unfaced fiberglass batts and they are still in their bags, piled up in the attic. So I'm going to clean up the little bit ...
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Should I use spray foam to insulate a basement?

Home in CT cape w/ uninsulated basement. Its a cold, not drafty house, with new Marvin integrity windows. The basement is very cold, and it seems like the cold basement is making the rest of the house ...
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Insulating/preventing heat transfer on non-IC rated recessed lights

I recently bought a thermal leak detector and discovered that my recessed lights upstairs are leaking a lot of heat and causing the upstairs to be uncomfortable and hard to cool. This is the brand ...
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How to build a wall under duct work

So I'm trying to finish my basement. I have a conundrum as to how to build a wall under a soffit. Here's my situation - I have an HVAC duct that is running really close to the wall - like maybe 1.5" ...
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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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Should I add another gable vent to my attic?

I have a long house with a 3 sq foot gable vent on the east end. I have two 6 ft long roof vents in the middle and I want to know if I should install another gable vent at the west end to increase ...
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Do I need to insulate the entire basement or just a few walls?

I have a 1920s house with concrete foundation that had a semi-finished basement. After a recent 3-day rain storm, my basement flooded (about 1") due to hydrostatic pressure. It wasn't just my house -- ...
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Where can I buy home improvement materials and supplies in my community?

I'm new to Home Improvement. I've been planning to start (slowly) finishing my basement myself. The first thing I need to do is tear down the existing ruined insulation and replace it. I'm trying to ...