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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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 (...
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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 winter and ...
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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 bi-...
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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 ...