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 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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How do I insulate a strip foundation from below?

While building a strip foundation (a concrete wall starting several feet below ground) I have to insulate it from moisture because otherwise moisture will get into the foundation and into the ...
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Air sealing a whole house fan

I have a whole house fan installed in my house from the previous owners. I love the fan, as it lets me cool down the house quickly in the evening -- or after I fill the house with smoke from ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I install insulation between the rim joist and the top of foam insulation?

I am in the beginning phases of finishing my basement, newer house with poured cement foundation and engineered I-beam floor joists. No moisture issues in the basement. Rim joist currently has a batt ...
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What happens if XPS is an inch away from basement walls?

I live in Maine and am planning to insulate my basement. It has fairly smooth poured concrete walls. I've read online that spray foam is one option, and 2" of XPS directly against the wall is ...
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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 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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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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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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Can I create a false ceiling using XPS board instead of gypsum board?

I want to install a false ceiling on the top floor in the classrooms of a school. I have installed a grid structure and now, instead of using gypsum boards, I want to use XPS insulation boards of 1" ...
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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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Quantitative measurement for sound dampening methods

I'm planning to finish off my basement. Which type of basement ceiling insulation is most effective at reducing sound transfer between levels, blown in cellulose or rock wool batts and how much more ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking to improve acoustic and thermal performance before relaying wooden floor

We are about to lay new wood floor in the entire upstairs of an old Victorian house. This seems like the perfect opportunity to acoustically (and thermally) insulate the floor to separate it from ...
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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 ...
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Crawl Space Encapsulation Question

I live in Georgia (around the Atlanta area) and recently discovered mold in the crawl space of my home (I plan to have the mold professionally removed). My crawl space is about 30' by 15' (4' to 15' ...
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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 effective are outdoor foam faucet covers to prevent freezing?

Everyone seems to suggest using those styrofoam faucet covers to help prevent the pipes associated with the fixture from freezing. They're cheap so I have them anyway (plus I'm not in a hard ...
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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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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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Will adding blown-in insulation to my floor cause a moisture problem?

I have a bedroom above my garage. The builder insulated the floor with R13 kraft faced insulation, leaving an un-insulated space in the floor. I was thinking of blowing insulation in the empty space ...
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Can you remove a tin roof and install insulation and re-attach the tin roof?

Hello from Hobart Tasmania. I have purchased 1930's weatherboard cottage with a tin roof. The roof is insulated in the main part of the house (i.e., in the attic) but the additions on the house are ...
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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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Preventing a frozen pipe on an extreme weather night

Last week, we had a night that got down to -18F. In the middle of the night, the cold-water pipe going to the kitchen sink froze (but luckily did not burst). After some investigation, it turns out ...
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Heating issues with slab foundation 50 year old home

I put a new furnace in (97% efficiency) because this home is so cold on the floors that my feet are cold anywhere I walk. Now have heat vents in ceiling but not helping any. Always cold, especially ...
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Insulation to condition attic space

I have a two story 1916 foursquare home in Ohio with spacious attic and basement. Before I purchased it, the HVAC system was redone by installing two independent furnaces/blowers (one in the attic and ...
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Removable windows for the porch or sunroom

I have a potential project where there is a metal roof/awning/overhang supported by posts on the south side of the house. It is sort of like a car port, except there is no vehicular access to it ...
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What thickness Styrofoam should be used to insulate a toilet tank?

So, based on my question here, I like the idea of insulating the inside of the toilet using Styrofoam because it seems more interesting/fun than installing a mixing valve. I plan to use silicone caulk ...
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Why does my house feel colder in one area after installing blown cellulose insulation?

I recently insulated my flat roof with blown cellulose insulation. I installed two vents on the roof as well. The house used to warm up well at 72°F. In order for our bedroom to be warm we have to ...