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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Using metal paint can as cover for non-IC rated recessed lights

Do you think using a 1 gallon metal paint bucket as a barrier in the attic over 3" non-IC rated recessed lighting will cause any heat problems? I've been looking for ways to keep the blown in ...
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Can I run heat tape on my water pipe behind drywall without hardwiring?

In removing the ceiling tiles in renovating our basement, it came to my attention that the first 5 feet or so on water supply line has heat tape on it. While we've had no problems with it freezing ...
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How does water supply enter into a pedestal house in cold climates?

I do a fair amount of traveling through West Virginia and other Appalachian destinations and I have noticed a number of pedestal houses (that stand on concrete piers, wooden posts or a combination of ...
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Can I properly install Roxul mineral wool batts in a mostly-drywalled stud bay by pushing them up from below?

Using my nifty thermal camera, I discovered that my furnace closet's combustion air duct (visible in this question) is getting really hot when the attic heats up, and then (being sheet metal) it ...
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Insulating attic with no soffit vents.

I just bought a house in northern Midwest where there's lots of snow and was planning on adding blown in cellulose insulation to attic space. Then I noticed that there are no soffit vents in the main ...
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How do I add insulation to my attic?

I'm pretty sure my attic needs some additional insulation (it looks pretty sparse and my house is freezing!). Here are some images of my attic: http://imgur.com/a/pdsXF Two questions: There is ...
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Is rigid foam on rim board in basement worth doing if walls aren't insulated?

We bought an older home that we use more as an office. The basement is totally uninsulated including the rim joists. Last winter, it got really cold down there to the point that the floors upstairs ...
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Should I insulate steam pipes in the basement?

I have a steam-radiator heating system. The furnace is in the (unfinished) basement, and the steam-carrying steel pipes spread out across the basement ceiling before going up into the rest of the ...
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How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?

Are there any equivalents to the Building Science insulation reports done for the US/Canada done in Europe? I spent the last few weeks going over some properties that I will be rehabbing in France ...
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How do I cover the attic rafter bays after installing baffles from the soffit before replacing the siding?

Should I be covering exposed fiberglass batts I stuffed into rafter bays below stapled in plastic baffles with an air barrier, such as with foil faced rigid foam board or house wrap, before replacing ...
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mesh net to help keep crawlspace insulation from sagging

Is it practical to install netting for crawlspace insulation to help keep loose insulation in place? If so how is it fastened to the floor joist and where can I find the netting?
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Why is one bedroom always colder than the rest of the house?

We have a two story home with 3 bedrooms upstairs. Home is 7 years old. One of the bedrooms is always around 5-6 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the rest of the house (when compared to the thermostat ...
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Insulate garage ceiling

I want to insulate the ceiling of my garage, to make the family room above it warmer. The problem is that the garage has a finished ceiling (no exposed beams), so how to I affix the insulation to the ...
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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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crawlspace insulation

I have crawlspace with an earth floor. it is approx. 24" from the ground to the floor joist. I have 6 mil poly on the ground. I have vents that will be opened in the summer and closed during the ...
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What can I fill a trench around my house with to avoid creating a drainage issue?

I am planning out my footing insulation job. Right now it's a pretty standard floating slab-on-grade with footings extending down a few feet, and the footings are uninsulated. A ring of concrete was, ...
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Proper order of operations for re-doing windows, stucco, and footing insulation

I have three big projects coming up: Replacing all the windows and a sliding glass door Adding 2 inches of rigid foam insulation to the exterior and re-stucco-ing Adding rigid foam insulation ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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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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Is insulation blockinng airflow of my vented soffit?

I have insulation shoved in front of my vented soffit's should the insulation Be there It was already there when we moved I didn't think much of an till I started doing some research after I blew in ...
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How to check the type of installed insulated glazing

In the Netherlands, insulated glass is rated by a standardized rating system, classifying it into 3 categories by the u-value: HR : U value between 2.0 and 1.7 HR+ : U value between 1.6 and 1.3 ...
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What are my insulation options around a shower?

I'm remodeling my bathroom and shower and I'll be replacing the insulation on the external wall. This wall is the "back" of the shower (opposite from where the water supply lines are). With this in ...
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Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
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Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?

I have a room that has some really ugly cheap panelling on the walls. I want to rip it out & replace with drywall. While I'm at it, I'd like to add soundproofing insulation between rooms & ...
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Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?

While trying to pry loose a stubborn cable staple that fastens a 14-gauge electrical cable to a stud, I accidentally tore a very small hole through both the outer jacket and the insulation around the ...
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How should I fix incomplete insulation on a skylight shaft?

I recently bought a house and am looking at doing improvements and repairs, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience or knowledge in such things. We had a home inspector look over the place ...
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Turning a mobile home with a basement into a recording studio

I recently moved into a mobile home that has a basement. The basement was an apartment, but had multiple issues with mold and frozen/broken water pipes. The owner was prepared to demolish the entire ...
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How to properly insulate bedroom

I live in an 80-100 year old house (not sure of exact age...my great grandfather built it, and it has been passed down for a few generations). He built it out of whatever was cheap at the time, so in ...
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Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house

The air in my attic gets superheated during summer, from the sun baking the (clay? terracotta?) roof tiles (I live in Sydney, Australia). I have good ceiling insulation, and even put in some sarking ...
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Is it safe to fill in or insulate the space in my walls around my fireplace flum?

Moved into a new home and I noticed something about my fireplace. I have a large brick enclosure that surrounds my wood burning fireplace and when I was up in the attic I noticed that the space ...
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When to use EPS instead of XPS (aka Styrodur [TM] and Styropor [TM]) for insulation?

What are the pros and cons of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) (known as BASF Trademark Styropor) and extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) (known as BASF Trademark Styrodur) cards for thermal insulation ...
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How should I insulate this basement wall?

I've been doing a lot of reading. I live in Maryland, not particularly cold. We have an 8 foot ceiling in the basement which is poured concrete built in 1973. Only about a foot is above grade. I've ...
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Is super insulating exterior walls with rigid foam board insulation possible?

2" rigid foam-board insulation can have an R-value of up to R-10, layering 4 boards would create a R-40 value, right? However that creates an 8" foam wall above the actual wall. What would be a ...
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What type of insulation can I use to insulate around my furnace exhaust?

I've got a cold breeze blowing through my basement, originating from where the furnace exhaust turns vertical. What type of insulation can I stuff in around the exhaust, to stop the cold air? This ...
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Minimum covering of brick wall for insulation purposes

There is a brick wall in our condo that is part of the exterior building that was never meant to be used as an interior wall. We were hoping to insulate it and we saw recommendations for using XPS ...
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Help translate terminology relating to flat roof construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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Add blown in insulation by hand

I have a few small areas in my attic that don't have sufficient insulation. The insulation already in place is blown-in. How practical is it to fluff up blow-in insulation and deposit it by hand in ...
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Should I agree to have more insulation added to my attic?

I have a 6 year old home with about 12 inches (R-30) of blown-in insulation in the attic. Recently door-to-door sales representatives for an insulation company offered a free inspection and quote to ...
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should i remove trim before caulking window

For weatherization purposes, is it worth removing the trim around windows (and sliding doors, etc) and filling the gaps behind the trim with spray foam (or perhaps caulk?), or is it acceptable simply ...
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Should I replace old blow in attic insulation with new roll out insulation?

I have attic filled with old grey blow in insulation. I estimate it to be 20-30 years old. I suspect that it causes a lot of dust in a house. Plus any work in attic would stir it and some will end up ...
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Should I cover a skylight well from the inside?

I made the mistake of having a Velux skylight installed in my bedroom. The installation was done by pros, both inside and out, and it has never leaked through 2 hurricanes. The installation was done ...
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Will blown in insulation help in this situation?

I'm in the process of renovation of a 1945 house. Originally built with a flat roof, tar and gravel. At some point a gable roof was constructed over the original flat roof. Space between the ceilings ...
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What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills

I just moved into a house and am a little bit disappointed in its thermal performance so far. It's winter and cold outside, and the furnace heats the house up pretty quickly, but then the house gets ...
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How can I prevent my garage soffit vents from pulling in sewer vent smells?

My garage has a ceiling with fiberglass insulation over plastic air spacers leading to vents under the roof shingles. There is no plywood or drywall over the insulation. The walls are insulated and ...
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Should I remove, or work around dividing basement walls?

The basement of my house is bare concrete floor with bare concrete block walls. I'm in Canada and would like to (and should) insulate these walls, at least the above-grade portion, which is about ...
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Will removing the insulation from an unfinished basement cause it to be a lot colder?

We live in upstate NY and the house has an unfinished basement. It's waterproofed with cinder block walls and a concrete floor. There is no framing, no drywall. However someone put up this hanging ...
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Covering insulation in the garage

In my garage, the owners put insulation between the studs to insulate, but didn't cover one of the walls with sheet rock. It's just a wall of insulation that is starting to fall out. Can I put ...
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What material should I use to insulate floor over a bumpout?

My dining room has part of it bumped out about 2 feet overhanging from the foundation. The floor over this overhanging part gets cold in winter and I'm thinking about insulating below it. I've done ...
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Can I use Rigid Foam Insulation instead of fiber insulation?

I have a question: Can I use Rigid Foam Insulation instead of fiber insulation on outside walls from the inside of the house?
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How to insulate slab that's been extended?

I bought a house built on a concrete slab on grade. It's an older house, so no part of the slab was insulated. At some point in the past, previous owners decided to pour concrete around the entire ...