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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cold damp corner with a dry sump

The corner of my living room (on split level) has drafts coming in via the bottom of the wall and a sump pump well (specifically, a plastic pipe that drains into it). The carpet is damp to the touch, ...
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Should I install a plastic vapor barrier below the insulation between my ceiling and attic floor?

I'm redoing the insulation in my attic the floor/ceiling cavity and then the ceiling of the attic. I have 2 rolls of plastic that is 15 ft by 150 ft just sitting around -- I've had it for years. Is it ...
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How to re-insulate between roof and top floor?

The space between my roof and the ceiling of my 2nd (top-most) floor is barely enough for me to crawl in. The roof tapers down to either end of the house from that, making the outer reaches ...
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Can I install insulation over the HVAC duct work and plywood?

Currently there is R19 faced insulation installed between the floor joists. I am adding R30 unfaced perpendicular to the currently installed R19. I have two questions: 1) There is an HVAC unit in ...
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Should I install a moisture barrier behind drywall in house with T1-11 siding?

My home interior walls are thick redwood paneling in the bay area mountains. i'm about to start removing the wood in my second bedroom and want to install a moisture barrier on the 1 outside wall of ...
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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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Rim Joist Insulation without a Sill Plate

I've seen a few similar questions but the answers don't add up... I would like to use some rigid foam insulation to insulate my rim joists. Here is the problem: everything I have seen shows putting ...
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Why is it so cold downstairs?

My house has a concrete slab foundation and the floor in the kitchen and living room is all tile. It is always freezing downstairs in the winter and I'm wondering if this is due to the floor or maybe ...
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Do I leave this insulation up?

I am researching how to finish one room in my basement, and not sure what to do with what I think is vapor barrier or wall wrap insulation. Its only on two of the four walls which I assume is because ...
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Can I block a skylight during summer without condensation?

I have a small fixed skylight and figure that during winter it's no problem to block the tunnel at ceiling level as suggested by an answer to a similar diy.stackechange question. (The only difference ...
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Insulating near a breaker box

Hello: In remodeling my basement I have so far finished installing R-10 2" XPS insulation against my block walls. My question is: How close or how far away from the circuit breaker panel can I place ...
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How should I insulate garage walls?

I am remodeling a one car garage in an old house. As part of the remodeling, I am taking all the insulation out (in the walls that have insulation). It is a combination of faced and unfaced ...
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Is it okay to not have a vapor barrier in lightweight tiny house type construction?

So, I have a bit of an odd project. It is a bit outside of the box, and I'm looking for alternative approaches that stick with the theme (if the plan outlined below doesn't work, that is). ...
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How to fill an old window alcove?

In one of the bedrooms in my house (1930s), there is a sunken alcove where an old window used to be, the internal sill is still there. Whoever bricked up the window used bricks much thinner than the ...
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How do I insulate a strip foundation from below?

While building a strip foundation (a concrete wall starting several feet below ground) I have to insulate it from moisture because otherwise moisture will get into the foundation and into the ...
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Insulated radiator foil

I'm concerned that the insulation/ cardboard foil that's behind my recessed radiator is asbestos. My house was built in 1960. Does anyone know if they made that stuff with asbestos? Before purchasing ...
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Adding ventilation and insulation with limited soffits

I’m hoping to add some insulation and ventilation to our attic. It’s a 1954 with a 1991 addition. The second floor is warmer in the summer, the original part much warmer than the addition. Current ...
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What to use when sealing floor-to-wall and window-to-wall?

During my infiltration (air leakage) test we found two other major places where air is leaking through into my home: the joints between the wood floors and the wall (wood) molding the joints ...
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Should I install a moisture barrier before installing engineered hardwood in a partial basement?

I am thinking about using a 6 mil poly and a thicker sound/water barrier to make walking on the floors a bit softer. I plan to tape (or use silicon) as a means to seal moisture. My question is, is it ...
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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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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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What do I use to fill in the crack between the wall and floor of my tiled bathrooms?

Yesterday I had an energy audit performed on my home which revealed sever leakage of air from the floors in both my bathrooms. The inspector told me to fill the cracks but was vague as to what would ...
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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 seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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Thermal Mass Puzzle I Can't Figure Out

I live in Los Angeles and have 2 units on my property. I use the front one as my office. I had the floors done years ago and thought I would get tile and have a subfloor of cement put in so that I ...
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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 to do with a cold corner?

I live in an apartment on the 4th floor. My bedroom has the misfortune of being in the very corner of the building - it has two outer walls. On top of that, the corner between these two walls is ...
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Gap between 6“ dia wall thimble & 6” hvac pipe

I bought a 6" dia aluminum wall thimble to vent my 6" dia hvac steel exhaust pipe through to the outside. However, the diameter of the 6" thimble is actually 6 3/4". How do I effectively insulate the ...
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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 can I fix a leaky door with new compression stripping?

I have two exterior doors that are leaking air, they shut fine and the weather stripping is the original installed when the house was built about 8 years ago (with the exception that I replaced ...
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How do I dry up a stucco wall that presents efflorescence?

I have determined the source of the water and I would like to believe that I stopped that with a temporary fix (a large tarp that will cover my patio which used to collect water at the base of the ...
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How do you insulate exposed crawl space?

How do you insulate floor of cabin built on piers that has exposed crawl space and also keep the mice out? I want to insulate floor from underneath cabin. Cabin is in northeast U.S. and subjected to ...
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How could one insulate sill plate from the outside?

My house has a gap between the Basement wall and Sill Plate (location best shown in this picture). While there are several question and answers here, I have not found any that deals with a fix from ...
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Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement?

Can I install insulation on the ceiling of an old unfinished basement? I have a bungalow home with hardwood floors.
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Insulating and reducing boominess of plywood subfloor

I have a plywood subfloor in a ground floor extension that is laid directly on the joists. The current floor is half solid wood tongue-and-groove laid on top of green fibre underlay and half fake ...
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Should I put vapor barrier only on exterior wall of a bathroom?

I've been searching around the site and haven't found an answer for my question on where to place a vapor barrier so I'm hoping to get a little more clarity here. Basically I'm in the home stretch of ...
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elegant attic hatch design for several purposes

My attic hatch measures roughly 2' square. Presently, it has insulation on top of the hatch door (in the attic). Because some of the hatch sticks up above the insulation on the floor of the attic, ...
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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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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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Easy way to temporarily insulate gap between hardwood floor and baseboard?

Odors are entering my apartment from a neighboring unit, and it appears to be getting in via a draft between the baseboard and hardwood floor in my apartment. The draft appears to be localized to a ...
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What can I use as a temporary noise insulation on a door that connects bedroom and bathroom?

our bathroom has 2 doors and we only use one. The other one remains shut and it connects to a bedroom. We do not intend on ever opening it (but we are renting the place so we need something that ...
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Air Seal recessed cans without attic access

I recently discovered moisture in my attic and the mold inspector recommended sealing all the canned lights in our house. We have about 30 in vaulted ceilings where there is no attic access. Any ...
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Can insulation batts run on top of wall studs?

Our house has vaulted ceilings, and the attic space contains three walls that are shared with living space (bedroom and living room). The attic sides of these walls have batts of insulation on them, ...
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Wisconsin Basement Finishing questions

Last year I decided to let my brother-in-law finish my basement. After he finished the framing he moved away. Now I have wood framing complete and nothing else. He claimed he knew what he was ...
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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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Can i replace the existing screed on concrete slab with floor insulation and electric underfloor heating?

Can i replace the existing screed on concrete slab with floor insulation and electric underfloor heating ? Standard screed thichness is something like 50 mm to 80 mm or so. My idea is to replace the ...
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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 apply foam board insulation behind a new recessed shelf in an exterior wall?

I want to make a recessed shelving in a exterior wall. When i took out the drywall, I found no insulation between the studs. Before I place the shelving parts, I want to put some insulation first ( I ...
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Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste-wool from shearing?

Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste wool from sheep-shearing. I am interested in washing and deodorizing techniques and also in the packing-density requirements. Plan is to use ...