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I am a new homeowner, having purchased a house built in 1948. I'm pretty handy and have completed the following projects:

  • reputty and weatherproof windows install a hardwood floor and
  • subfloor replace electrical sockets and install new fixtures rebuild
  • shower hot/cold Kohler Niedecken Faucet move furnace/radiator piping
  • from one wall to another other assorted carpentry and repair work

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Mar
13
comment How can I improve the insulation in the lower attic space?
Sorry, my previous comment got cut short. When I say rated as such, what I mean is that it has the same fire rating as any other insulation, and is rated for crawl space use. You'd also want to use the right fasteners, like this: lowes.com/pd_285633-67865-TMF2.5PA_0__?productId=3199781 Those will secure the board without ripping right through. You can then seal the seams with foil tape. The nice thing about the foam board is that it is easy to cut. In my attic, they used foil backed board. Here's a photo: !i.imgur.com/LBMsoA1.jpg
Mar
13
comment How can I improve the insulation in the lower attic space?
The foam board is an insulation board, and is rated as such. An example is this from Home Depot: www.homedepot.com/p/t/100320335?catalogId=10053
Feb
22
comment How can I improve the insulation in the lower attic space?
That's right: in the lower attic, the vapor barrier of the bats goes against the roof, insulation facing in. Then the foam board is nailed to the rafters, sealing the insulation in. As I understand it, the insulation you have is currently installed backwards, you'd generally put the vapor barrier against the outside.
Feb
21
answered How can I improve the insulation in the lower attic space?
Feb
21
answered Why does the hot water run cold at less than 'full throttle'?
Feb
20
answered How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?
Feb
20
answered How do I fix air leak in windows?
Feb
20
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Feb
20
revised Are curtains effective for keeping the room warm?
Basic editing, added link to rope caulk example, and mentioned issues with radiators under windows
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Feb
18
answered Are curtains effective for keeping the room warm?