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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How can I determine why my A/C runs all day?

I have a Bryant AC/Furnace unit. My house is 10 years old. A heat wave hit this weekend & temps got up to 95°F outside. I had my thermostat set to 75°, and it ran all day. The ...
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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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Solutions for a moist basement?

I live close to the water and there is a high water table around my house. Therefore a lot of water vapor passes through the basement walls. I would like to be able to store stuff in my basement and ...
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How can I add insulation to this roof?

We have an A-frame house in Alaska. The ceiling is 2x8 rafters 16" on center with drywall on inside and 5/8" plywood on outside. We installed R-44 insulation in space, no vapor barrier, no air ...
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How can I insulate my attic in southern California?

I live in Southern California (San Bernardino county), and I'd like to add insulation in my attic. cathedral ceiling; 1/2 of entire roof has no attic space how do i insulate this space? the other 1/2 ...
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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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Is radiant heat in a concrete floor unpleasant in a super-insulated house?

While reading about superinsulation, I came across the idea that a radiant concrete floor is a poor choice if you have really good insulation. The reasoning goes like this: In a regular house you ...
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How is this type of weather stripping replaced?

This weather stripping is about 20 years old, and obviously it's no longer doing anything. It seems like it's stuck between those pieces of wood, but I can't tell if it's glued in, or if there are ...
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My neighbor keeps complaining about my music. How to soundproof my apartment?

I live in an old apartment building and the walls are thin. This is a problem because I love to listen to music -- sometimes at odd hours of the night. Yes, I can be an asshole in this way. But my ...
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How do I determine if I need attic insulation to keep cool in summer?

How can I determine if I need more attic insulation to keep cool in summer? I live in the desert of southern California so it can get pretty hot in the summer (110+ is not uncommon). I would like ...
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Can I increase the efficiency of a refrigerator by replacing the door insulation?

I am in the process repainting the refrigerator doors, and cleaning up the rust on the inside of the doors. The question is, would I increase the efficiency of operation by replacing the original ...
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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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Should I insulate a finished basement if there is only 3 degrees difference?

We are finishing our basement and I'm wondering if it is worth putting in insulation if there is only a 3 degrees temperature difference from my upper floors to my basement. This is during the winter ...
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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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How can I block air flow into floor joists in knee wall attic?

I purchased an 55 year old two story home. Upstairs there is a knee wall attic space. There is air coming into the joist area and out of the pot lights downstairs. I can feel the cold breeze with ...
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What type of tape is used to seal vapor barrier seams?

If I was installing vapor barrier in Canada, I'd use Tuck® Contractors Sheathing Tape. However, after a trip to the local Home Depot (USA), I came up empty in my search for Tuck Tape. I did find ...
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Can I install recessed lighting in vaulted ceiling with 6" rafters?

I would like to install recessed lighting in my vaulted ceiling. One contractor I spoke with suggested not doing that because the rafters are shallow (only 6 inches), which does not leave much room ...
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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 it worth updating my insulation?

I have a 1969 Cape Cod 2,300 square feet, brick and vinyl sided home with cathedral ceilings that I want to update insulation in. I have the original R-7 fiberglass in the walls and R-12 in the ...
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What is the best way to patch 3" holes in plaster

I have a number of ~3" holes in my plaster from where my walls were filled with insulation. (Why did they drill a 3" hole? I have no idea). Obviously I would like to fill these holes in, but they ...
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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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Do I need to “protect” low voltage cables that are run through an insulated wall?

I'm planning to run speaker cables from a new outlet at an uninsulated wall to a new outlet at an insulated wall. I've already run Cat5e and coaxial cable to the uninsulated wall, and am comfortable ...
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Do I need to insulate exposed foundation in my garage?

I have a 2 story split-foyer ranch. The bedrooms upstairs are above the garage and noticeably colder than the rest of the house (I live in Connecticut so winters get pretty cold). There's no climate ...
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Are there any types of tile with insulating properties?

Is it possible to buy insulating indoor wall tiles? I have just bought a house and am in the process of slowly renovating it. The bathroom is an extension that was added to the house approx 40 years ...
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Will installing an OSB floor in the attic create moisture problems?

I installed some new OSB flooring in my attic. The area it covers is about 160 sq. ft. The total area of the attic is about 750 sq. ft. There is just blown fiberglass up there, and there is no vapor ...
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How can I insulate a window against the sound caused by high winds?

I'm on the top floor of an exposed block of flats which is currently being battered by high winds on a nightly basis. I have draught excluders fitted but there's still a lot of noise that comes in ...
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Should I add a vapor barrier to kraft faced insulation?

I am redoing our master bath. We completely gutted the room, and I have two exterior walls with R13 kraft paper faced insulation. Should I add a 6 mil plastic vapor barrier to the walls? Would it trap ...
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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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How can I floor my loft without compressing the insulation?

I want to board over my loft for storage, but before I do I ought to improve the insulation which is very old and thin. My UK house is 105yrs old so the rafters are not as high as the recommended ...
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Whats the difference between metal and plastic insulation support fixings?

I am putting 30mm of fibre insulation on a party wall and then covering it with 12.5mm soundbloc plasterboard which will then be skimmed. Does it matter whether I use plastic or metal insulation ...
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How do I add insulation to my attic?

I'm pretty sure my attic needs some additional insulation (it looks pretty sparse and my house is freezing!). Here are some images of my attic: http://imgur.com/a/pdsXF Two questions: There is ...
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What is the proper way to insulate box sill joists in the basement?

The floor joists of the first floor are sitting directly in breaks in the concrete/cinderblock walls, and there's large gaps all around the edges. I've done some looking around and it appears that ...
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Should I add insulation to basement ceiling?

Currently doing a reno on our basement. After roughing everything out, I have insulated the outside walls with R13 (2x4). The house has never had insulation in the basement. Should I insulate the ...
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Can I spray foam up to roof sheathing when air sealing skylight tunnel?

I've been doing some air sealing in the attic with canned spray foam and I'm about to tackle my skylight tunnels. They are framed and covered with drywall. I have easy access to them in the attic and ...
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How do I insulate around conduits and into difficult edges in my attic?

I am thinking about adding a little over a foot of insulation to my attics. I understand that there shouldn't be gaps between fiberglass batts (I read that this can reduce efficiency by 25%, whatever ...
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Would a memory foam topper be a sufficient sound and vibration baffle for Dance Dance Revolution? [closed]

For the past several months, my roommates and I have taken to enjoying varying builds of Dance Dance Revolution in the evenings, inclusive of X, MAX 2, and Supernova 2. I personally have gotten ...
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How do I know my current R-Value for my attic?

I am a first-time homeowner. One thing that was noted on the house inspection was that we needed more insulation for our attic. In my area, the recommended R-Value is 38 according to the ornl.gov ...
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How can I move loose-fill insulation temporarily?

My current bathroom fan is dead and needs replacement. I tried removing it from the inside of the house, but something is holding it. I'll need to do it from the attic. The attic is covered with ...
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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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What thickness of closed cell spray foam should I use on my basement walls?

I'm finishing my basement in southeastern Wisconsin. This is a poured full basement below grade. We are ready to insulate the walls and are going to use closed cell spray foam. I've had two ...
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What is the best removable insulation material?

There is a crack in a wall that I would like to fill with some removable insulation. It must be removable, as such it should just be a temporary solution. I know of rockwool and glasswool, but don't ...
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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 ...
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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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Should central heating pipes through internal brickwork have insulation?

My house has old (large diameter) steel central heating pipes. These travel through the basement before passing up through the house. My concern is that when they pass through internal walls they are ...
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How do I insulate a whole-house fan during the winter?

I would like to insulate my whole-house fan in the winter. I've see insulating covers that you can attach with magnetic strips or velcro, but the look does not appeal to me and I don't trust how well ...
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Should I install external basement insulation that does not extend above ground?

Question : Is there a way to calculate energy savings for external, 2inch insulation on basement walls that does not extend above the soil surface, leaving the top couple feet of foundation wall ...
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How do I insulate my Laddomat 21 boiler charger?

I have a mixing device Laddomat 21 installed for my boiler + accumulator tank. I have all pipes around the boiler insulated with pre-formed moulded mineral wool insulation, but there is no insulation ...
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How can I block or fill out a letterbox hole in my door?

I have a letterbox in my front door that is never used, so I would like to remove it and fill the hole, preferably so it doesn't look like there was ever one there. Or insert something that fills the ...
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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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How do I install a vapor barrier and insulation in an existing floor?

I have a large room in my house that is built over a crawl space. The floor of this room does not have any insulation installed in it. I live in upstate New York so it is my understanding that I ...