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Question: Condensation - Insulation and a 130 year old double boarded house

I own a house that was built around 1890 to 1910 located in central Pennsylvania. It is a double boarded house meaning that it has no framing at all, it is a unique type of construction that was used ...
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Undestanding condensation differences between shipping container and conventional frame construction

I'm watching this video by Belinda Carr where she advocates for insulating the outside of the shipping container. She contrasts shipping containers with conventional framed houses. This seems counter-...
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What are best practices to cool down a house without condensation?

I have a vacation house that I visit a few weeks a year, which faces a condensation issue. Indeed, when I stay there in winter, where the outside temperature is well below freezing, I measure around ...
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Heating cable combats condensation on sill of poorly insulated window?

At the start of the year (2021), it was suggested to me on another forum that heating tape might stave off formation of condensation on the bottom metal sill of a poorly insulated window. It is a ...
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Solution to put down a window sill crack to prevent mold

I have a couple windows where there is a space below the window that goes into the wall (see bottom of picture). There was mold and condensation all around the area, so I'm guessing there's mold down ...
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Finishing drywall that abuts against metal frame prone to condensation

I have a interior soffit (that encloses a structural beam running along the exterior of the building) directly above an exterior sliding door. The drywall covering this soffit abuts right up against ...
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How to fix capillary action on anti-condensation coating on box profile steel roofing sheets?

We have some carports here that were installed by a previous owner a few years ago. They have side walls, but are open front and back, and have a steel box profile roof. Big green sheets like this: ...
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Does mold in a loggia means that the loggia must be replaced?

My apartment has a loggia which used to be a balcony (it is now an extension of the living room without any separation between them - the door that was there was removed). This was done by the ...
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Condensation forming on garage roof despite insulation

I have a condensation problem on the inside of my garage roof. I noticed it in November, lots of condensation forming on the roof but only at the back half of the garage which is slowly being ...
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Supply duct still condensating in basement

Thought i'd start a new question to see if I can get any new ideas. Overview: E. PA location. 2 year old new construction home, approx 1200 sq ft, open concept first floor (so all supply and returns ...
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Condensation on just 1 duct in unfinished basement

We live in the Northeast (PA) and have a new construction home that we have lived in for a year. The home is small (1300 sq ft, open concept first floor) with an unfinished basement. The ceiling of ...
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Is a peltier-based dehumidifier a good choice to prevent condensation?

I have a non-heated, enclosed space (crawl space that does have a vapor barrier). During a limited number of days in the spring or fall, I get condensation on things that stay cold while the air ...
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Air handler condensation draining problem

For the life of me, I cannot figure this out. My air handler and heat pump were installed in 2006 and work great. For the first summer since I've owned the home, condensation started to not drain ...
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A/C Air Handler Leaking Water Everywhere

I have a relatively old air handler that has worked fine for many years. Just recently, it started leaking water everywhere, and it seems to be seeping from inside the base of the air handler itself (...
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Central Air condensate is pumped into a hole in the basement floor?

I’ve tried to do some research on this topic but am a little confused and would like to know if I’ve got a problem here that I need to remedy. I think I want to install a self-draining dehumidifier in ...
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B-vent condensation in large attic space

I have condensation in/on the B'vent flue pipe from my heater in the attic andit is dripping. The original B-vent flue pipe was corroded on the interior so we had the flue pipe replaced from the ...
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How to ventilate a chimney taken down to attic (roof line) level?

I had a leak in my chimney flashing, so the roofer recommended taking the chimney down to attic level. He repaired the roof where the chimney was (board, felt and roof tiles). All was good, but a few ...
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Why does water accumulate on the hardwood floors in my 1930 home?

My home was build 1930 and nothing has been updated. In my downstairs bedroom under anything that sits on the floor from my bed, night stands, dog crate, and other things the floors will puddle with ...
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Is there some type of coating I can use to prevent condensate on my HVAC ducts?

I'm getting a lot of condensate on my HVAC ducts that run though my first floor (and HVAC blower) especially in July / August when humidity levels are outrageous (in NJ). The 1st floor space space is ...
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Corrosion on copper pipes due to insulation (with foam)

My incoming water pipe is copper and it is a brand new installation with no leaks. But due to the hot humid weather (even in the basement) it sweats due to condensation. Should I insulate it? The ...
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Upper Floor Window Condensation Issues - HRV?

We live in a 2 level home with basement in central washington. The winters average 20-36 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity levels of 70-99%. Summers are fairly warm to hot with lower RH. Our issue is ...
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Why does condensation appear on surface of window, but not all of them?

When I woke up this morning (a beautiful winter morning), I opened my curtains and noticed that the middle pane was covered in surface condensation, but the two adjacent panes were almost completely ...
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How to determine if damp smell, marks, cracks, mould, on internal walls is from; rising damp : condensation or other

I live on the ground floor of an art deco complex, with 2 apartments above me. We have lived here for almost 13 years and have never had a problem with damp / mould issues....other than our bathroom ...
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How to fix condensation between layers of insulation in unfinished wall?

An above grade portion (wood framing) of my basement walls (in unfinished furnace room) is currently insulated with faced R19 fiberglass batts. I live in nothern climate zone 5. Unfortunately there ...
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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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Bathroom condensation

My bathroom is mouldy and retains condensation on walls, windows etc. The room is approx 8fx7ft x 8ft high. I’ve installed a new inline Manrose fan with timer to replace cheap old online fan, the ...
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How can window condensation in a leased condo be dried, if I'll be away for 3 weeks, without towels?

I will be leaving my leased condominium in Toronto, Canada for three weeks on 1 Feb. 2019. In cold weather, my window and balcony door sills have pools of water on the floor that sometimes pour into ...
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Will condensation form and be an issue on an aluminium duct venting water heater exhaust?

I have built the unfinished chimney shown in the image below to get the exhaust for my neighbor's water heaters (which I believe are sealed combustion gas appliances, such as the Remeha Avanta water ...
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How long a horizontal run will a condensate pump support?

I have the model 21786 condensate pump described below. The specs say it can push the water up 16' using a 3/8" PVC pipe. Does this mean it will do it in any possible direction (my case 8' to the ...
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Window casing upgrade to plastic/pvc/vinyl/aluminum

I Just had two rooms added to the house, and I totally forgot to mention in the contract that I wanted the window casing to be plastic. (window frame? The internal part that encases the window ...
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Problem with condensation on HVAC ducts inside house

I'm having a pretty serious problem. There is an old sheet metal HVAC duct in my home that is getting condensation that is dripping onto the ceiling of a pantry. This duct is completely internal to ...
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How does the insulation value of multiple layers of insulation compare to a single layer of the same total thickness?

If I insulate a surface with two sheets of rigid foam insulation with thickness x, or with one sheet of otherwise identical rigid foam insulation with thickness 2x, how should I think about the ...
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Sheetrock on Walls Is Falling Apart and Cannot Find the Cause

In the corner of my bedroom i have discovered that the sheetrock on each wall was so damp that it is falling apart. One wall backs up to my shower the other wall backs up to the laundry room further ...
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Why is there condensation on a pipe near my furnace?

My AC says it is trying to cool to 73 but is reading 75. I changed the filter, which didn't help. I looked in the closet, and apparently the installers were supposed to install an "auxiliary ...
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Type of insulation for flexible aluminum duct?

I’m replacing an undersized bathroom exhaust fan with a larger one that has a higher CFM. When switching the fan out, I want to add insulation to the flexible aluminum duct that goes from the fan to ...
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Who can I hire to investigate a possible airflow blockage in my attic?

Had a new roof replaced last year, tear off/replace. Also had a new slider door replacing old one installed last year. I am noticing what appears to be staining where the ceiling meets the wall. ...
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Is this an acceptable way to fix garage roof condensation?

I'm in the UK. My garage has a corrugated metal roof with no insulation. In the winter, when it rains the underside of the roof drips. Not massively, but just enough to be annoying. The roof ...
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Water leaking around window when it is NOT raining!

I need help! In February, we noticed that there were some brown water drips on the window frame above our kitchen sink, not in a crevice or corner, just hanging from the middle of the wood frame! ...
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Condensation and air leak from skylight

I Recently started seeing condensation on my skylight. Skylight is installed in the bathroom. Sometime on windy day I feel air coming through skylight. If I raise my hand up towards it I can feel ...
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I have an indoor swimming pool - can I have a large mirror, or will it be steamed all the time?

I have a dehumidifier in my indoor swimming pool room, I would like a large dance mirror on the wall - would it be constantly covered in condensation. My room humidity is controlled to 50%. Just don’...
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Improve existing roof insulation from the inside

We have a pitched roof (1971 house, The Netherlands) which consists of (outside to inside): Tiles 2cm PUR insulation 2cm wood We asked a few companies for quotations to improve the insulation (...
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High humidity in bedroom and condensation

I have a Bungalow build 1950s cavity walls not sure if they have insulation in the cavity. Suffering from really high humidity in main bedroom 74% overnight dropping to 59/60 in day. Window and ...
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Why is there a 1/2-inch hole drilled in my heater exhaust?

I have a Carrier high efficiency furnace which uses 2-inch PVC pipes to pull in combustion air from outside and exhaust the combustion gasses back outside (through a concentric vent, but that's not ...
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Water is dripping from the furnace exaust flue

I replaced my hvac and noticed that my flue is dripping water. Wondering what might cause it? I assume some sort of condensation, but I don’t know what should I do to fix it.
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Condensation on Skylight

So this is my first winter in my new house and I noticed the skylight on the second floor has a lot of condensation on the inside now that the weather is getting colder. It's an old single pane and ...
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How can I identify the cause of ceiling water damage?

Just wondering if there is an easy way to tell if water damage on the celing is a result of a roof leak, or condensation build up in the house. Here are some pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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What could be the sources of humidity that build up in a house in an arid environment? Outside RH: 10%; Inside RH: 40% +

We open our window at night at the temps get down to 70F @20% RH. The temp in the house drops to 75F and the RH is 33%. We close our windows when we go to work. When mid day comes, outside, the ...
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Condensate pipe touching basement floor ok?

I recently replaced my leaking condensate pipe that was crusty and rusted. I've replaced it with a 1" copper pipe in the same position the old galvanized pipe was. Please see the picture I've attached....
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Preventing condensation on the inside of an exposed structural exterior brick wall

I have a 1920's town home with exterior brick walls. In the upstairs bedroom on the northwest corner, I occasionally see condensation forming and running down the brick wall in the winter. This is ...
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Should I open my AC register in the basement to help with condensation?

Really hot in NJ this week, excessive heat warnings, and the like. Daytime Temp: 96 degrees Daytime Humidity: 55% Feels Like: 105 degrees Nighttime Temp: 79 degrees Nighttime Humidity: 87% ...