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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Should I encapsulate my crawl space?

Our home was built with a dirt crawl space that is about 2' from ground to bottom of floor joist. The floors are insulated with fiberglass held up (where it hasn't fallen down) with wire rods. The ...
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Can I install cellulose insulation without a blower machine?

I've purchased a few bags of loose fill cellulose insulation from the local hardware store (GreenFiber brand). How will the insulation work if I don't put it through the machine to fluff it and force ...
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Should I insulate air conditioner coolant pipes?

I recently replaced some rotted insulation on the coolant pipe that runs out of my AC unit and into the evaporator in my house. When cleaning inside the actual AC unit itself I noticed that the ...
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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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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 you paint Dow THERMAX WHITE FINISH INSULATION?

Can you paint the insulation boards after installing them? This would be for an attic interior installation. Then could I skip the dry wall? How good would it look compared to drywall?
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How can I increase the effectiveness of the A/C in a hot 2nd floor converted attic master suite?

Just bought a 1940's masonry construction house. House has a finished basement (cold as a meat locker), first floor (comfortable) and 2nd floor (too hot). The 2nd floor is an attic that has been ...
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How do I dry up a stucco wall that presents efflorescence?

I have determined the source of the water and I would like to believe that I stopped that with a temporary fix (a large tarp that will cover my patio which used to collect water at the base of the ...
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Should I staple faced insulation batts to the face of the stud or the side?

I'm preparing to drywall my attached garage and have run into conflicting opinions on if I should staple the insulation flanges to the sides of the stud or the face. I live in the San Francisco bay ...
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Should I insulate my attic with a hot or cold roof?

I'm turning my 3rd floor attic into a usable space. It's a hip roof, 25' x 23', with one dormer. We just had new asphalt singles put on it and it was about 12 foot of ridge vent on the dormer / ...
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Insulating and reducing boominess of plywood subfloor

I have a plywood subfloor in a ground floor extension that is laid directly on the joists. The current floor is half solid wood tongue-and-groove laid on top of green fibre underlay and half fake ...
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How should I insulate my bathroom wall?

I just gutted my bathroom. I want to replace the insulation in the walls. Right now there is fiberglass insulation with a plastic vapor barrier. Behind that is a old cardboard like material that they ...
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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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What type of insulation should I use if my in-wall oven is heating the surrounding cabinets?

We have an in-wall oven that is not properly insulated. It heats up the surrounding cabinet. The oven itself has internal insulation in good condition, but it is not strong enough to keep heat ...
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Mold remediation in crawlspace

Just bought a 25 year old home that has improperly installed insulation in the crawlspace. The insulation is fiberglass rolls with a paper backing, and is installed with the paper facing down, toward ...
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Super-Insulating a Crawlspace

I am getting ready to have a contractor insulate my crawlspace. The exterior facing walls of my crawlspace are about 2" above grade, with the remaining 2 ft 6 in - 2 ft 10 in below grade. One of the ...
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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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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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How are thermal (fire) barriers installed over foam insulation in a crawlspace?

I will soon be sealing my crawlspace with plastic sheeting across the floor and up the concrete walls. I plan on then adding rigid foam insulation. My reading of the Residential Code is that I will ...
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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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Why is the upstairs a lot hotter in a 2 story duplex?

I've lived in my current duplex for about 5 years now and every summer, my upstairs portion of the duplex gets noticeably hotter than downstairs. I couldn't give an exact measurement but 10 degrees ...
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Considerations for spray foam insulation with roof replacement possible in about 10 years

We have an old house in the Philadelphia area which we bought last year. This has a slate roof and we were told by our home inspector that we'd need to consider replacing it in 10 years. It is the ...
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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 okay to not have a vapor barrier in lightweight tiny house type construction?

So, I have a bit of an odd project. It is a bit outside of the box, and I'm looking for alternative approaches that stick with the theme (if the plan outlined below doesn't work, that is). ...
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Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement?

Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement? I have a bungalow home with hardwood floors.
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What's the right approach for insulating the slab & footings underneath a masonry fireplace/heater?

The fireplace will be located in the middle of the concrete slab (away from the foundation stem walls) so it will have its own footing. My impression is that footings should rest on soil & gravel ...
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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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How do I protect and insulate a ceiling built against the roof?

My upper floor used to be a large attic. Sometime in the past the entire space was converted to living space: 2 bedrooms, 2 finished closets, and two unfinished storage "closets". Much of the ...
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How can I reduce heat transfer around my window unit air conditioners?

I have three old window units in my house and they function as my A/C. I am concerned about the amount of heat seeping into the house and cool air leaking out around the A/C units themselves. They're ...
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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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Attic ventilation, do I have enough?

I currently have blown-in insulation, that reaches the top of the attic floor. I was told by several insulation companies that I need a R value of at least 49, meaning, I need to add a good 12-18" ...
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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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will anyone stop laughing n thinking im crazy long enough to see theres a major problem(s) in my house? [closed]

As the title suggests, i have many issues in the home i purchased two years ago. And although, couuuntless hours attempting to unravel the mystery, and thhhhousands of dollars to fix the problems i ...
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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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Insulation type to use on a hinged metal attic door

In this question, I asked about the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door, when one is also concerned about heat entering around the edges of the door when closed. The answer I ...
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Best way to cover external XPS insulation

My house has a basement, and on the outside, there's a layer of XPS foam insulation on the outside of the basement wall, up to the grade. For most of the house, the sod goes right up to the house, ...
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I added insulation to my attic rafters, but should I have left room for airflow?

I added insulation to my attic rafters and plugged the space between the outdoors and my attic with insulation. It lowered my heating bill by $150/month, but I've seen some information that I may ...
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Adding insulation to exterior walls in wood frame house

My house is a wood frame, pier and beam, and built in 1885. It uses balloon framing (that is, bigger boards at wider spaces, mostly 4x4s at 24" spacing). Inside walls are drywall over 1/2 inch tongue ...
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How should I insulate garage walls?

I am remodeling a one car garage in an old house. As part of the remodeling, I am taking all the insulation out (in the walls that have insulation). It is a combination of faced and unfaced ...
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Can I insulate flat roof using this method?

I just wonder if I can insulate my flat roof in northern India by following steps as under: Apply a cover of Bitumen Cover it with polythene (for water proofing) Lay used cement bags on polythene ...
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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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Adding insulation to exterior wall; remove stucco cladding, or add on top of it?

I have an exterior stucco wall that's not in super great condition. The outermost-layer was applied very badly and is flaking off, so doing a patch job or yet another layer seems like a bad idea ...
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Can I cover junction boxes in the attic with insulation?

This may be a duplicate of What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics? I have an attic which is accessible via a ladder through an access panel in the garage and in a bedroom. The trusses ...
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Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?

Question: Do non-load bearing basement walls with metals framing and foam insulation (such as extruded polystyrene) in a single-family home require fireblocking and draftstopping? If so, what is the ...
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How can I air seal around a brick chimney with a metal flue liner?

We have a 1954 brick chimney that has a metal liner inside and is only used by the natural gas hot water tank. It's had fiberglass right up against if for guessing 20+ years. I'm air sealing the ...
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Replace portion of slab for radiant heat

Our 1600 SF basement has a slab floor with no insulation underneath. I'm redoing the bathroom (roughly 100 SF, with 7' along the foundation wall) and would love to put in radiant floor heating, but I ...
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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 can I use as a temporary noise insulation on a door that connects bedroom and bathroom?

our bathroom has 2 doors and we only use one. The other one remains shut and it connects to a bedroom. We do not intend on ever opening it (but we are renting the place so we need something that ...
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How should I insulate a cantilevered bay with plumbing, ducting, and electrical?

If you were faced with the following cantilevered bay, how would you go about insulating it? I can seal most of the wood air dams between joists with Great Stuff, but as you can see, there are two ...
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Finishing Attic Floor (Joists Blocking / Insulation)

I moved into a house built in the 1920's several months ago that has a finished attic where the former owner's two teenage boys were living. I want to go from the old ratty carpeting to nice floor ...