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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Covering attic baffles with plywood instead of drywall

I have these newly spray foam insulated baffles with 2x6" rafters, and I would like to cover them directly with plywood (for aesthetic reasons) rather than drywall. Is that an issue with fire ...
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Spray foam insulation around wood stove pipe

I recently had some spray foam installed in the attic and the crew put it right up against the chimney pipe. Is this a concern? Should I carve out 2" and replace with something? Pictures:http://m....
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How can I repair a bathroom fan under garage that is leaking in the winter?

I have a rigid metal exhaust pipe coming out of the bathroom fan over my downstairs bathroom. It goes up at approximately a 30 degree angle for about twenty feet and stops just before it gets to the ...
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How do I check my upstairs bedroom for insulation in the ceiling?

I have a bungalow home in Michigan that has plaster ceiling. How do I check if the ceiling is insulated between ceiling and roof with no access point? The upstairs room was meant to be an attic but ...
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Is a thick, unvented hot roof a good candidate for spray foam?

Upon removing some drywall from an unvented hot roof I noticed two serious issues: 1) The roof sheathing is not a taped or sealed ply but a 2x8 T&G 2) There is no vapor barrier and the cavity ...
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How can I seal an interior door

One of my bedroom doors has gaps at the bottom and side. How can I close or seal these gaps. I would like to heat only this room and prevent loss of heat to other rooms. The gap at the bottom is from ...
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Best way to hold interior wall insulation in place prior to drywalling

I'm insulating the interior walls in my house with rock wool insulation for sound proofing. I'm having drywallers come in to drywall everything in one fell swoop and the insulation needs to be in ...
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Add fiberglass rolls across joists in attic if joist cavities not completely filled?

We purchased a house with an insufficiently insulated attic. There's currently about 2-3 inches of loose-fill fiberglass insulation in between the 2x6 joists. I'd love to just roll unfaced R-30 ...
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Choosing a soundproof apartment - how wall and ceiling material predicts sound levels

Looking at different flats for a new home I would like to determine how much noise I would get from neighbours based on the brief visits to see the candidates. How could I measure that practically? ...
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Mineral wool on top of fiberglass. Density and compression

A while back I asked about adding my 1.5" thick pieces of mineral wool insulation batts ontop of my 12" thick fiberglass I am installing in my attic. As I have began doing this, I am seeing that the ...
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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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Is having cloth touching a grounding wire ok?

In my basement, the ceiling of one of the closets is the copper grounding wire that runs from the breaker box to my water main. This wraps around the perimeter of the basement on the top of the rooms ...
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Using 10 1/4 inch fiberglass insulation in a 6 inch space?

I need to insulate under a floor that has hydronic radiant heat. I am going to use fiberglass batts between the joists of the floor, with the kraft vapor barrier upward (toward the warmer area). The ...
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Vapor barrier problems

Update: added some additional details below based on comments. I have a basement bathroom that I am currently working on. I've framed and installed rough plumbing. I have some vapor barrier problems ...
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Can rigid foam board have an air space between it and rim joist?

I am insulating my rim joists with 2" rigid foam board. Most of the rim joist is bare, and the foam fits along it nicely. Some sill boxes have some small irregularities (vent pipes, plumbing, etc) ...
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How useful is double-glazed glass for sound and heat insulation in a semi-tropical climate?

I'm located in Bombay/Mumbai, and I've been trying to figure out what windows I should install for soundproofing and heat insulation. I was talking to someone who does consultation for uPVC windows. ...
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Sheathing with Foam Board and OSB

I have read a number of other articles related to sheathing and the use of rigid foam panels for insulation and was wondering; is it possible to place a 1" to 2" rigid foam panel against the wall ...
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Can insulation foam expand around window framing and cause warping?

I was just wondering if insulation foam (I used regular Great Stuff from HD) can expand in dry conditions around a window (frame) and cause warping and damage to the window up to and including ...
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Method to fasten pink board to interior foundation wall

So I'll be finishing my basement soon and will be using 1.5" pinkboard attached to my interior foundation walls. What is the best method to fasten this to the wall (construction adhesive, caulk)? ...
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Concerns about cutting into roof for attic access?

I've spoken with a contractor who proposes cutting a hole in the roof of our circa 1900 house to access the attic for installing insulation. This intuitively seems like a bad idea--that it could ...
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Insulating the concrete attic with rockwool slabs

I want to insulate the attic with rockwool slabs in an unusual way. My house is old and we may have to rebuilt a new house in next 5 years, so I do not want to spend a lot of money on this. Attic / ...
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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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Slab on grade room construction

Older home built in 1968, southern Ontario, 4-level split, built in single car garage. Behind the garage is a bathroom that I had to gut because of a pipe burst. This room is slab on grade. The two ...
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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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Should my roofer have vented my insulated roof?

Shortly after buying a mid-century split-level in the Pacific Northwest I had the old torch-down flat roof replaced with a PVC membrane. As half of the top level has a vaulted ceiling without much ...
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Where do I need to insulate my house to help avoid ice dams?

We have had some leaking this past winter due to ice dams. After we get everything dried out, we would like to put up some insulation to help prevent this in the future. Is insulating the ceiling ...
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How to insulate under hot water radiant flooring over a crawlspace?

I just built a small extension on my wood frame house. We are in the northeast (winters down to the low teens). We added three small rooms (mudroom, laundry, bath). They all now have hot water ...
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My house has Exterior & Interior insulation. Would it be advisable to remove the internal?

A bit of background: I've bought a house built in the 1960s which has been retrofitted with "bolt-on" insulation. On the inside, which was done first, there is a layer of plasterboard with insulation ...
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Why do blinds have two different close options?

This hopefully works on this site. It certainly should be DIY, though a rather paltry task. Why do blinds have two close options? There are two different angles that they can be closed and this seems ...
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How to heat proof aluminium windows, prevent heat from entering?

Aluminium windows made about 15 years ago. In hot climate, all day sun the frame becomes hot to touch when touched from inside. What can I do to insulate heat form entering? I know about accordion ...
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Insulating already finished basement

During a repipe, I recently discovered that my finished basement was never insulated. I live in the PNW (marine climate- zone 4), and the basement is always pretty comfortable- cool in the summer and ...
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Wanting to insulate attic in 1930s home, have some questions (baffle install, soffit venting, mixing cellulose/fiberglass, etc)

Have a 1930's 2-story house. I recently upgraded the wiring in the 2nd story to get rid of all the knob/tube left in the house, and I figured while I'm up there I should add some attic insulation (...
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Remodeling an old mechanic's garage into a conference space

I am currently remodeling an old garage (Lube Center) into a conference space. Right or wrong, this is what I'm doing. I have already installed insulation with paper backing on the ceiling (Open ...
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What can I do about a room over the garage with temperature problems?

I'm learning many things about our new home. This winter I learned that a room directly above a garage stays much colder than the rest of the house (up to 10+ degrees colder in our case). What options ...
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Will batt insulation ignite if it is laying against my steam pipes?

I have steam pipes behind a wall that I loosely packed R30 batt insulation against. Is there a possibility that the insulation will ignite?
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What type of insulation is needed for exterior walls on a brick house?

I have a government grant (2,440$) to insulate all of my exterior walls. The issue is, I cannot access them from the outside because I have a brick house. My first guess was that I will need to take ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia row home seems to have been a last minute idea. After last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation installed in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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How can I add insulation to my attic cheaply and safely?

I currently have 6 - 8 inches of cellulose blown in insulation in my attic. I live in Michigan and energystar.gov is recommending a total of R49 - 60. From what I can tell only have about R19-25 ...
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Most bang for buck approach to insulating home

My home is a bit over 100 years old, wood frame aluminum siding house, that was not very well kept up by the previous (30+ year) owner. We've lived in it for two years, and are looking to improve the ...
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Putting plywood between layers of attic insulation

Sorry if this is a silly question, but I've searched an haven't been able to come up with anything helpful. I'm planning on wiring my house for Ethernet, and I'm going up to the attic to do some ...
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Install plastic between drywall ceilings and rafters?

We are building a new house and are getting ready to install the drywall on the ceilings. We have installed a 6 mil plastic barrier on the underside of the rafters to act as an air & moisture ...
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Insulating the roof rafters

I have a heater/AC UNIT installed in my attic and in winter the heat from the unit melts the snow turning into ice and creates a nitemareso I want to put insulation in the rafter to insulate the roof ...
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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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Insulation and Vapor/Moisture concerns with a wood ceiling.

I have already removed the drywall in the ceiling so the rafters and bat insulation is currently visible. I plan to be adding plywood to the ceiling and then installing 1x6 boards on top of the ...
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Proper method to seal a heated crawl space

I have a heated crawlspace with a dirt floor. There are no vents, it is fully connected to the house, and currently has a pool liner and vapour barrier stretched over it, but it is not sealed. There ...
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Why don't people use rigid or spray foam insulation in attics?

I'm looking to upgrade the insulation in my attic bumping it from an R-6 to R-30 or better, and while looking into things I realized I've never seen anyone use rigid or spray foam insulation in an ...
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Insulating attic - vapour barrier question

My girlfriend has her parents 61-year-old home in St. John's NL and it has an attic with poor ventilation and unfastened R-12 kraft-faced (and facing up) fibreglass laying on the original drywall. I ...
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Installing bathroom exhaust fan: what to do with vapour barrier and insulation?

I'm adding a bathroom exhaust fan, which is being mounted in the ceiling of the bathroom (in the attic) and venting out through a vent in the wall. right now, there is a vapour barrier (paper) ...
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How should I insulate a wall I opened up?

I am remodeling a bathroom and adjacent room and walls that are on the exterior side of the house are now open. I am trying to figure out what I should do to help insulate the walls better. The house ...
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How can I insulate a sash window?

I just moved into an old flat which has old and weathered down sash windows which let a lot of cold air in. As Scotland does get very cold at times I would like to insulate them in a cheap and ...