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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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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Additional Vapor Barrier with Faced Insulation?

When installing faced insulation into exterior walls, are there any benefits or detriments to adding an additional vapor barrier to either the non-faced side of the insulation?
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Attic Insulation (floor or ceiling?)

Is it better to insulate in between the slanted ceiling joist Or floor joists in the attic if you have a whole house attic fan? Or both? In long: Out of budget reasons I was thinking of leaving ...
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What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door?

What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door (no integrated ladder)? Primarily concerned about heat entry through the door when closed. Also concerned about heat entry ...
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What type of insulation can be used near knob and tube wiring?

I have a house build in the 1920's. I recently had a HVAC system installed, and i have to insulate my actic (Unfinished). The three bedrooms and one bath on the floor below have a center ceiling ...
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How should I insulate the ceiling between floors in a ski cabin?

I have a small ski cabin in upstate New York (cold climate) that we only visit on weekends. It is heated by a wood stove. During winter we had many problems with bursting water pipes so they are now ...
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Can an IR thermometer be used to check wall insulation?

IR point thermometers have come down a lot in price. IR imaging cameras haven't. Is there a reasonable approach to using the point thermometer to determine how well or poorly insulated my walls ...
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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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Quick and cheap insulation for skylight

I just moved into a condo and on the top floor there is a skylight window. The room gets pretty hot during the day, I have friends coming in town this weekend and I would like a cheap and quick fix to ...
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How to keep an attic over the garage cool?

The space over my garage is dominated by a large dormer, which I use as my office. On either side of this dormer, the remainder of the over-garage area is attic space. We have access panels into ...
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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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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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What type of insulation has the highest R value per inch?

I am trying to find the best insulation for my apartment. The limitation is that space between the drywall and the ceiling is 1/2". I live on the top floor of my building.
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What can I do to reduce cold infiltration by a direct-vent gas fire place?

My home has a direct-vent gas fire place on the ground floor, and each winter the area around the fire place inside the house becomes very cold (granite finish). On colder days, the carpeted floor ...
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Is a PTHP an HVAC option for a super or well insulated structure?

Is a Packaged Terminal Heat Pump a good HVAC system for a structure that is super insulated or passively insulated assuming the unit is sized and fitted to meet the needs of the structure. There is ...
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What options are available for insulating interior walls myself with minimal damage to the wall?

United State | California I'd like to insulate the interior walls in my house using a minimally invasive method. My understanding that is that "blown-in insulation" requires specialized equipment ...
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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 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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What height of insulation should I use between joists in an MDF floor?

Background I am starting my first serious DIY project - converting our garage into a playroom for the kids. The garage floor is concrete. My plan is to run timber (Sawn Kiln Dried Timber (L)3000 x ...
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How can I seal around a light fixture/light switch outlet?

I Have a house built in 1972. I'm currently 80% finished in installing a ceiling fan into my master bedroom. I had an energy audit about a month ago, which revealed that I had "pretty good sealing" ...
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What is the downside to installing faced fiberglass insulation in a dirt floor crawlspace vs non-faced?

I have a vapor barrier on the dirt floor already. The insulation will go in the floor joists above, paper side down.
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What product will insulate an exterior PVC pipe coming out of the ground with a faucet on it?

We want to insulate from freezing an exterior 24" tall PVC pipe coming out of the ground that has a faucet on it ~ a heated product is not plausible in our situation. Are there other products that ...
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How do I insulate a crawl space?

I have approx 500 sq. ft. of crawl space (under addition to original home). 15 x 35 ft. with 2 x 10 joist & concrete flooring ( no dirt ). Ventilated to outside is provided by 3 windows. The ...
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Replace batt insulation or leave it?

Currently, the exterior walls have batt insulation. It has the paper face on one side. A few months ago, I removed a window due to watered down drywall caused by the window. At the time, I didn't ...
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How do I protect and insulate a ceiling built against the roof?

My upper floor used to be a large attic. Sometime in the past the entire space was converted to living space: 2 bedrooms, 2 finished closets, and two unfinished storage "closets". Much of the ...
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Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?

Question: Do non-load bearing basement walls with metals framing and foam insulation (such as extruded polystyrene) in a single-family home require fireblocking and draftstopping? If so, what is the ...
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Bathroom above the Garage

Is it advisable to build a bathroom above the garage? What kind of obstacles might we face if there is a bathroom above the garage in terms of piping, insulation, etc.?
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after sealing the chimney, fireplace still not insulated

I found a way to use a large chimney balloon and pretty much block all downdraft. Sadly, the fireplace and hearth are still very cold, and it sucks heat out of the surrounding floor too. Perhaps the ...
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Water heater on concrete--should I build a platform? how much heat loss in winter?

I don't know if that title the best way to phrase the question. It's winter(ish) now, and I swear the hot water just doesn't last as long as it does in, say, September. The water heater tank is ...
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Best way to air seal, vapor seal, and insulate exterior wall in old house?

I have a 90-year old house in Seattle. Exterior walls are constructed as follows: lath and plaster, uninsulated 2x4 stud bays, plank sheathing, cedar clapboard, 1" foil-faced styrofoam, vinyl siding. ...
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How do I insulate my garage ceiling?

My garage gets really cold in the winter and I'd like to insulate my ceiling and/or roof. Here is my ceiling I store quite a bit of things in the ceiling, so the idea is to insulate the inside of ...
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Do I have to worry about condensation on plywood over rigid foam insulation in the attic?

I have a vented attic space with poor insulation in the attic floor and rafters, so I'm going to button it up. My energy auditor suggested I insulate the floor as follows: cut blocks of rigid foam ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia rowhome seems to have been....a last minute idea. From last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation involved in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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Where to attach a storm window?

We have two very leaky, single pane windows that we need to insulate. Because interior shrinkwrap storms are impractical for several reasons, we're looking at exterior storms instead. Home Depot has ...
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Bunch of insulation questions

I have the following situation. I have a raised ranch and we're having drain tiles installed. I wanted to use this time to install some additional insulation while we've got wood paneling down. The ...
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How do I stop the second floor of my house from being so hot in the summer and so cold in the winter

I have a window AC upstairs in the summer but it is not enough I can fell the heat coming off of the ceiling in the summer and in the winter it is way to cold that my kids have to sleep downstairs ...
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Type of insulation between exhaust flue and chimney flue?

We converted a wood stove to a propane fireplace. It's a direct vent but we're only using the exhaust insert. The intake air will come from the interior. Anyways, as such, we have a gap around the ...
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How does water supply enter into a pedestal house in cold climates?

I do a fair amount of traveling through West Virginia and other Appalachian destinations and I have noticed a number of pedestal houses (that stand on concrete piers, wooden posts or a combination of ...
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How should I use fiberglass batts to insulate between floor joists over a stone basement?

I have an old home built on a stone foundation. The stone foundation is solid, as well as the floor joists. I run a dehumidifier in the basement full time, to keep the air moisture low. There is ...
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How should I insulate behind the last floor joist that runs parallel to the foundation wall?

As an aside, I can't for the life of me figure out what to call the last floor joist that runs parallel to the basement foundation. Does it have a name? In my house, there is a little cramped gap an ...
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What are some cheap (and landlord friendly) ways to fix a drafty flat?

The worst affected seems to be my room. It is the end of the turret with a massive vent (now gaffa-tape sealed) I will be sitting by the wall and actually feel the freezing cold air against my neck ...
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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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When should I open a skylight vent?

I have a one-floor (plus basement) house with a large skylight in the living room. It has an openable vent. When is it proper to open the vent? Should I open it in midsummer with the AC on, on ...
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Is it better to fill up the space between rafters with insulation, or put baffles on top and add soffit vents? (inland Los Angeles, cathedral ceiling)

I have 5.25" tall rafters, about 30" on center, with roof planks directly on top of them. I would like to keep the rafters visible, but add insulation between them. So I only have a few inches to work ...
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Is it okay to 'sandwich' rigid foam insulation between old and new sheet siding?

I am putting new LP Smart Siding (4'x 8' and 3//8" thick) onto my house, which will overlay old T1-11 siding. I would like to put R-MAX 1/2" rigid foam insulation under the new siding. Is this okay? ...
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Insulating/preventing heat transfer on non-IC rated recessed lights

I recently bought a black and decker thermal leak detector and discovered that my recessed lights upstairs are leaking a lot of heat and causing the upstairs to be uncomfortable and hard to cool. ...
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Would enveloping an attic in insulation cause any problems?

My attic currently has batt insulation between the joists, and a second layer of batt insulation on top of that. In the summer, the second floor is quite a bit warmer than the first floor. I'm ...
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Concerned about the outcome of insulation fibers

I was working in an attic ,an exhaust fan was turned on I immiedetly breathed and was choked with the insulation to the point I couldn't breath ,I now feel it in my lungs as uncomfortable ,any idea if ...
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Causes of condensation in basement wall

First time home owner of 1 year old house in Southern Ontario. South facing basement wall (50% above grade) has condensation forming between polyethylene barrier and pink batt insulation. What ...
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Can you paint Dow THERMAX WHITE FINISH INSULATION?

Can you paint the insulation boards after installing them? This would be for an attic interior installation. Then could I skip the dry wall? How good would it look compared to drywall?