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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Should I apply rigid insulation between existing basement framing?

I'm replacing wood paneling in my basement with drywall. There are 1x furring strips attached to the cinder block and covered with tar paper, and the wood paneling was attached to those strips. ...
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How can I install r-max insulation on the interior side of a cinderblock wall?

I am planning on insulating the lower level of my house with R-Max in a method similar to this: I have a few question about it though: Can I use something other than Treated wood as this is ...
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Reducing Attic Fire Risk

When I had my house built, it got cold and so we called the local power co-op energy savings expert to give us advice. One of the things he said was that we had the wrong kind of insulation in the ...
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How do I insulate around a gas fireplace without tearing it apart?

My home has a gas fireplace that we do not use very often. It is in a "bump out" on the back of the house. In the winter, cold air flows through the vents under the fireplace and if you feel the ...
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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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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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How can I install soffit vents from the outside?

When we moved into the house we live in there was literally no insulation in the attic. We have a 4 1/2 pitch roof. We live in Texas and our first electric bill in a 1450sf house was almost $500. ...
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How to choose floor insulation?

My question is about insulating the ground floor. I have a crawlspace under the floor which is vented and therefore quite cold (average temp in the winter is 4 °C and in the summer 13 °C plus ...
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How to insulate sloped top of concrete block foundation?

I am planning to insulate the inside of my basement. I have a concrete block foundation. I am planning on going XPS board route, applied directly to wall with foam/tape on all the seams to make it ...
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What could be causing my bedroom to be so cold, and how can I make it warmer?

I live in a two story townhouse with a basement. This summer, they replaced the furnace and air conditioning unit. Last winter I put 3M film over the windows to help with drafts and it worked great, I ...
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What's behind my plasterboard?

We've just moved house, and I've never had to deal with plasterboard before. I'm in the UK, and the house is about 10 years old. My understanding was that behind the plasterboard would be a gap ...
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Insulating attic ceiling and looking for synthetic t&g ceiling boards

We have a 3/4 upper floor room that is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. The current ceiling consists of 2x4 ceiling rafters with a foam vent and perhaps 2.5" of foam insulation, then the ...
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Can I sheetrock over styrofoam on a garage ceiling?

I am buying a home with a detached garage that the original owner insulated. The garage is probably 25 years old. At the time of construction, 1" expanded foam was nailed directly to the rafters to ...
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Will insulating pipes shorten the time it takes for hot water to reach the faucet?

Ok, so I took a few weekends and totally insulated all hot water pipes I could get access to from the water heater. Now, I still wait approx 90 seconds for hot water to reach the farthest faucet from ...
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How to Insulate a concrete slab foundation in an older house?

What are some ways to insulate a concrete slab type foundation in an older home built in the 50's? The slab as far as I can tell is not insulated at all and results in a very cold floor and living ...
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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 do I seal my baseboards from drafts?

Some rooms in my house have a pretty bad draft along the edge of the floor, where it meets the outside walls. But I am less than thrilled (to put it mildly) about the prospect of ripping out carpeting ...
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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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Could insulation around copper pipes cause condensation problems?

Should you insulate hot water pipe (copper) located in an attic? I live in Louisiana, where it rarely gets cold. The plumbers insulated the hot water pipe from the tankless water heater. Now ...
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Insulation options for narrow ceiling space

I've got a flat roof ( wooden, sealed with tar and then roofing iron on top of that ) with a 30 cm gap between the ceiling. Not really enough for someone to crawl in unless skinny. There's no ...
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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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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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mold problem in basement

I had some insulation put on half my basement wall. Since then I have been having a problem with mold.I know my basement walls leak. Could wet insulation cause mold? If so is it bad mold. Alls I know ...
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Is it more effective to insulate the walls, or ceiling of an unheated basement?

We have a new house, well built, spray foam insulation, tight seals. My daughter's room is over an unfinished area of the basement and is COLD this winter. There are vents in the unfinished area, ...
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How should I insulate a bedroom in the attic?

After doing lots of research and reading lots of different opinions I would like to know what is the best way to insulate and vent a 1 1/2 story house that has a bedroom upstairs in the roof/attic ...
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How do you calculate if it's worth it to insulate?

We live just north of NYC, and the house was built in 1906. We're putting on a new roof and trying to figure out if it's worth it to insulate too. It's a cathedral ceiling on the inside, and we do ...
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How to best insulate an exposed waterpipe during the cold season

i have an exposed (out of the ground) water pipe and during the night freezes over. What is the best way to insulate it so it does not freeze?
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How can I reduce how much a flat roof heats my house?

My flat roof is insulated with wool, but still it's heating up my room considerably. The situation is much better in the rest of the house. Any ideas how to do a quick fix? The roof is currently ...
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Can a new ceiling be build directly onto an old one

I would like to build a new ceiling on to an old slightly sagging and poorly finished ceiling (peeling paint and no joint plaster used). I see this way as more convenient and less messy than ripping ...
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Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?

I'm re-insulating a room in my house from the inside. I've read that polyisocyanurate (polyiso) rigid foam insulation is the best R-value, so I plan on using that. Details: The house was built in ...
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How should I use heat tape?

I've been considering using heat tape this year, to protect my pipes from freezing. Are there any suggestions for the proper use or installation of heat tape, or pros/cons?
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Why am I getting condensation on the first floor joists of my new build?

We're building a new house in New Hampshire. We insulated the 1st floor joists with batting last winter so the minimal amount of heat we had in the basement to prevent the foundation from cracking ...
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How can I reduce heat transfer around my window unit air conditioners?

I have three old window units in my house and they function as my A/C. I am concerned about the amount of heat seeping into the house and cool air leaking out around the A/C units themselves. They're ...
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Easiest/Cheapest way to improve insulation of a room

I have a home office, which has 2.5 walls that border the outside of the house, and a floor that is over the garage. It's a nasty combination. It gets quite hot during the part of the day where the ...
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IKEA recessed lights: extreme clearance requirements?

I'm finishing the ceiling on my basement. I'm planning to insulate the ceiling with the Roxul Safe'n'Sound Fire & Soundproofing Insulation. It is 3 inches thick so it only occupies the upper 3 ...
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insulating exterior walls

I have an old house with no insulation. The walls are 2x4 with plaster and lath. The outside is aluminum siding, in good shape. I would like to blow cellulose insulation inside the wall cavities from ...
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Should I think about insulating a cheap conservatory? if so how do I do it?

I made an offer on a house today that had a cheap upvc conservitory on the back on the house. The conservatory had a cheap plastic sloping roof on that leaked a little, the walls are very thin, and ...
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Check heating pipes for thermal leaks

I would like to check basic thermal leaks of the house heating system (and perhaps the house thermal insulation as well). As the professional services or equipment (thermocamera) are very expensive, I ...
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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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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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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 get the maximum light while avoiding heat from a window?

I have a west facing window. How can I get max light while avoid any heat coming from it?
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How should I mount external hardware to a Greenboard/EPS exterior wall?

The external cladding of my house is rendered NRG Greenboard (an EPS product). What is the best way to mount simple external hardware (specifcally, a hose reel) to this material? The reel itself just ...
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Should I install vapor barrier in my basement bathroom?

I have a brick house built in the 1920s. I'm installing a bathroom basement based on an existing layout, but I'm trying to keep the "wet" side (mechanical room with hot water heater, etc.) physically ...
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How can I measure the r-value of a wall?

What is a reproducible test to measure the r-value of an exterior wall? Or even a specific spot on a specific wall? It needn't produce an absolutely certain result, but a good estimate with known ...
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What is a good solution for hiding insulation in an unfinished basement?

First off, let me note that I am a tenant in this house. My landlord lets me do small improvements, but I'm not going to finish the basement with drywall myself. Basically, we have an unfinished ...
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Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?

Our builder has asked whether we have any objection to his laying sound insulation on top of the suspended ceiling he's going to install, rather than attaching it to the actual ceiling above. He ...
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How do I prevent window drafts?

I live in Florida. I have noticed that in the Winter it seems that the cold air leaks through the windows and into the rooms. This, of course, raises my energy bill for heating (yes we have to turn on ...
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How can I insulate behind pipes that are close to a foundation wall?

Reading around, it seems like most people suggest to put up XPS insulation when finishing a basement. That's great and all, but how do you put 2" of rigid foam behind pipes that already exist in the ...
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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 ...