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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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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 ...
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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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Should I install a vapor barrier on the bottom of my garage ceiling?

I have a house that has a garage below the main floor. The house is built into a hill, and so the entry way, the basement, and the garage are all on the same level, and the entry way has a stair case ...
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Can I sweep blown insulation to one side and replace with fiberglass batts?

I noticed my attic blown in insulation is rather thin on one side. Rather than buying enough to cover the whole area, I was thinking of just pushing or brooming the blown in insulation toward the ...
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Stop heat loss through unused chimney duct

We had a 10 inch diameter metal chimney duct running from the basement to the roof. After replacing the furnace with a direct vent one it was no longer used. Cue more renovations and the section on ...
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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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Can my gas oven safely be used with damaged insulation?

I have a Caloric RSP665-04 stove oven - gas - and the insulation around the oven has been damaged by vermin. The vermin are gone. Can the oven be used safely with damaged insulation?
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spray foam personal protection

I have a closet in the master bedroom of my home that is on an exterior wall. Unfortunately there's no insulation on the back wall of the closet and so a lot of heat escapes. We keep the closet door ...
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How can I vent my roof without removing drywall?

I have a finished attic, that needs to be updated. The pitched sides of the roof are sheetrocked & insulated, the ceiling is a suspended ceiling (will be sheetrocked) and the low knee walls are ...
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What could cause a temperature variance between our kitchen and the rest of the house?

Our newly remodeled kitchen holds a temperature that averages about 5 degrees cooler than the remainder of the house. The house thermostat is set at 70 degrees, and the kitchen has been as low as 63. ...
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Should I block or insulate my air vents for the winter?

I live in a house which consists of a 17 year old extension on a 40 something year old cottage. The two main bedrooms are the only rooms in the house with air vents. They are also two of the coldest ...
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Legal requirements regarding 100% asbestos duct work [closed]

I am renting a condo. After starting the heater, dusty air came out of the registers, so I called out a company to clean the ducts. They verified the ducts are 100% asbestos and cannot be cleaned. ...
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How to apply wallpaper over styrofoam?

I live in an attic, and the head part of my bed is in a corner where the roof slope, an outer wall and the wall to the neighbour's unheated attic meet. After a few winters of waking up to the feeling ...
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Can a false ceiling improve insulation?

My new house has a very small kitchen which is actually an extension of the house with its own roof. I suspect its roof insulation is old and not effective, because this kitchen is quite cold (12 ...
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Can I insulate my soffit vents in the garage for the winter?

So I recently had a new 30x24 detached garage built and intend to leave it mostly unfinished. I live in Iowa and we have pretty cold winters here, which will be coming soon, and I'm looking for a ...
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What can I use to fill a 6-10mm gap between ceiling and front door structure?

I live in a 1930s house with a small, open porch (as in no external door) in front of my main UPVC front door. Not long ago, the original lath and plaster ceiling in the hallway fell down quite ...
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How can I insulate my fireplace when it's not in use?

I have a wood burning fireplace insert, that is not currently being used. Now that it's cold in my area (27F), I've noticed that there is quite a draft coming from the fireplace. How can I ...
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Is it possible to insulate existing ducts without removing drywall?

My second story is always warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than the ground floor. I've had the ducts cleaned and sealed and I've also adjusted the blower motor speed. It occurs to me that ...
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What can I use to adequately insulate round rigid metal ducts?

I'm installing properly sealed round metal ducts in my unconditioned attic for heating and cooling. I've probably got 100' total of 6" duct to cover. I'm trying to achieve an R-8 insulation value, ...
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How to create a conditioned attic?

My attic has reached the point of no return with storage. I must use it for that purpose. So now I have to find a way to insulate the attic's roof. For this DIY handyman dad, does anyone know of a ...
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Why did insulation and vapor barrier cause mold in my storage shed?

I recently installed insulation in my garden shed and covered it with a plastic vapor barrier. This was done in the summer when the weather was warm and sometime humid. Shortly after I'd finished ...
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Insulate and fill hole in wall that was for cables?

Great Stuff doesn't look ideal, since it's going to get a lot of sunlight on the outside, and Duct Seal doesn't say anything about whether it actually insulates. Also, the Duct Seal material safety ...
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Do I need a replacement attic vapour barrier after asbestos removal?

I recently had our Zonolite vermiculite asbestos professionally removed. The company used a large vacuum truck to remove it. They also ripped out the 6mm plastic vapour barrier in the attic. They ...
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Do I need to add roof vents if I close off a small attic space in the garage?

I have a small section of roof over the front of my garage, which I would like to insulate and drywall (making my garage fully insulated). It is 39" high, and 54" by 17', framed with 2x4 trusses, ...
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Recommended method to insulate a raised (joisted) floor in the UK?

We're just about to get a new wood-burning stove fitted with an external air feed and have a load of squeaky floorboards which need fixing in the same room, so we're planning on taking the floor up. ...
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How do I improve the insulation in a vaulted ceiling?

I live in a twenty year old Florida condo quadplex. The upstairs ceilings are two by four trusses of a mansard roof. I have replaced the ac, wall insulation, ducts. An IR thermometer shows huge heat ...
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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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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 ...