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the thermometer is only going to show the spot "point"ed at, this is better for spot checking. The camera will show a section, better suited for larger areas. The thermometer method will only work so far as to how thorough you are when checking. The rest of the answer would be speculative opinion. There also comes a point when the savings don't out weigh ...


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You don't have to replace insulation unless you think that you can't dry it. Normally we would set up halogen lamps and fans to dry attics out. You can replace it too if that seems easier. How do you tell? Well after 1.5-2 days of lights and fans things should be bone dry. If not you probably need to replace. For instance in the winter we know we can't ...


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What kind of insulation is it? Wet fiberglass batt insulation should be replaced (especially paper-faced fiberglass batts), as it can grow mold when wet. Cellulose and mineral wool are okay, as they will not, and can be expected to dry out on their own. Loose fiberglass is iffier, but if you can remove only the part that got wet, there's not much harm in ...


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As there will be a temperature differential between the garage and house it is a good idea as you could get some condensation here in winter even with mild humidity. Where I live is almost desert but vapor barrier is still recommended due to cold climate. Moisture reduses the effectiveness of insulation so for a small extra investment of time and money you ...


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The vapor barrier should go on the hot humid side of the insulation . In Kansas, the critical season is winter and the hot humid side will be the interior heated space. It will not be the ground or the exterior side of the insulation.


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Check around the farm supply places - they carry big dampers. I used to have one about 36" square (the ex still has it). Try places like here and here.



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