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Gas water heater fails draft test

The guy from the gas company turned on my gas water heater and held a lit wooden match near where the flue sits on top of the water heater - it blew out. He says it's not getting a correct draft. The ...
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What kind of draft excluder/stopper is best for drafts?

The person who lives in the apartment across from me has taken up chain smoking. (Likely a new tenant rather than a new habit. Still.) The second-hand smoke is getting into my condo via the hallway ...
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How can I insulate a window that's tight against the rough opening?

I had new vinyl triple pane windows installed several years ago. Long story short, the contractor placed the new windows directly on top of the 2x4 (home built in 1951) leaving very little to no space ...
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What is the most important component for the airtightness of a room?

I have looked at the UK building regulations and it says that timberframe cavities should be airtight to a minimum of 0.6 changes. This is for new builds, not renovations which is my case. Looking ...
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Drafty light switch box on exterior-facing wall

Is this an example of shoddy contracting and/or building code violations for a house built in Tennessee twenty years ago? exterior facing wall light switch, no fire caulk on edges/holes, w/ cold draft ...
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Chimney draft and air flow measure

How can I get a reasonably accurate picture of the functional fitness state of my chimney vent pipe? E.g. can I somehow measure the draft and air flow on two ends to make sure it flows smoothly, ...
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Air pushing under basement door and kitchen sink cabinets when furnace runs

Whenever the furnace runs I feel a steady draft of air pushing out from under the basement door and kitchen sink cabinets. I have a mostly finished basement with registers but not return vents in ...
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How to stop draft around pipe

this natural gas pipe comes out of the wall to the back of my stove. The other side of the wall is the brick exterior of the home. However the previous owners didn't add on to the house like a porch ...
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Suggestions on how to fill gaps at all of my windows

My boyfriend and I live in a ground floor apartment with windows that leak cold air horribly! So far we’ve tried to add several different kinds of weather stripping to help but I don’t think it’s ...
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how to fix drafty window

Please check out attached picture of corner of my double hung window. I feel cold air there during winter time when it is too much windy. Can anyone tell me which area of window requires ...
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What is a good temporary seal for 1-2 inch gap between window pane and door frame?

I am a lodger in a large old house. My landlady, who is in her 60s, asked me to draft proof the rear door in the kitchen. There is a large gap between the top of the panel of double glazing in the ...
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What to put down under new carpet or "luxury vinyl tile" to prevent cold floors?

We have a hardwood living-dining room floor that was improperly installed (before we arrived), and squeaks and creaks something awful. We plan to rip out the old flooring and put in LVT (luxury vinyl ...
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How to seal where the wall meets the floor?

My house was built in the 40's. It is in upstate New York. There is a draft in the bedrooms where the exterior wall meets the floor, which is hardwood. I can think of several ways of sealing the ...
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Would triple pane give me better results than double pane in a key location (bathroom)?

I am ordering replacement windows. I'm going to go with double-hung in the bedrooms and bathroom, and casement above the kitchen sink. Double-hung vinyl with added foam insulation in the frames. ...
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Is it safe to stuff some insulation above my electric stove?

I have a coil-style electric stove with a "hood" above it. The hood has a nice light fixture built in. It also has an exhaust fan which I frankly never use. The problem is that there is a gap where ...
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How to locate the source of an outward wind-draft, that's going outwards from my room's window?

I have hung up a wet cloth over my window's curtain rod. The idea is that it's going to naturally cool the incoming wind. I ran into some issues during this setup, but after some effort I solved it ...
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How do I determine if my chimney draft is correct?

I'm having issues with my boiler, and according to this answer, one of the problems might be that my chimney draft is incorrect. What steps are required to determine if my chimney draft is correct?
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Cold air from gap underneath kitchen cabinets

My kitchen is next an exterior wall of my house. Unfortunately there is a constant flow of cold air coming from underneath the cabinets into the kitchen itself. Here is a picture of the cabinets: ...
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What's the best way to seal a drafty door on an uneven transition without interfering with opening/closing?

I have a door that opens up over carpet. The rubber sweep that is already there makes it pretty difficult to open the door. What's the best way to seal this door?
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Drafts pulled into house when furnace blower turns on

This is my first winter in this rental home. Our furnace is in a utility closet that is accessible only from the outside of the home. The home is a rambler with a crawlspace and all of the ductwork to ...
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What does airflow in the sump pit mean?

I have a sump pit in my basement with a pipe that comes from the drain tile. The drain tile does not see day light anywhere, it's all near the footings of the foundation. I can feel a strong flow of ...
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Wind from kitchen sink drainage pipe

We live on a windy coast of North Sea. High wind is a norm here. One of the problems I face with the wind: it comes out from kitchen sink drainage pipe. If it is blowy outside, you can feel a draft ...
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Preventing draft under door

A pretty chilly draft is coming in under my kitchen door. Although this is the only door in the house without a door sweep, the door is weatherstripped and has a recently installed storm door outside. ...
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Fixing window condensation on vinyl windows

I have double pane gas filled vinyl windows that are approximately 10 years old that recently starting condensation around the edges of the glass. I've done some basic caulking around a few of the ...
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How to stop cold air entering through the breaker box

The breaker box is located in the laundry room of the house, which itself is an air conditioned space. I bought the house in the summer and this winter the room has been extremely cold even when the ...
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Dual heat zones strongly connected vs setback thermostats

Similar to a question just asked, but i think it's different enough... I have a two-zone forced-hot-water heating system, where each floor is its own zone. The zones are connected by an open ...
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Use Gap and crack sealant on the window sill

I have a small gap (2mm) under the window sill that is causing some draft to come inside the house. I have attempted to correct this using the Ge Silicone Caulk, but the draft continues to come in. ...
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Seal the base of a drafty wall

Our dining room has a wall that adjoins the outside. The wall is drywall (I think) and the floor is fitted wood squares. At least one of the squares is pulling up away from the floor. At the base of ...
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How to stop cold drafts caused by a warped door sill?

One of my external door sill weather-strip is slightly warped near the center producing an area where cold air can flow in. The door sweep appears to make good contact on the left and right sides ...
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How do I eliminate the cold drafts coming from my air conditioning vents during winter?

I have a forced hot water (baseboard) heating system in my home and added central air conditioning about 10 years ago. The cooling system's air handler is in my attic, and duct work was added for the ...
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What can I use to fill a 6-10mm gap between ceiling and front door structure?

I live in a 1930s house with a small, open porch (as in no external door) in front of my main UPVC front door. Not long ago, the original lath and plaster ceiling in the hallway fell down quite ...
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How can I insulate my fireplace when it's not in use?

I have a wood burning fireplace insert, that is not currently being used. Now that it's cold in my area (27F), I've noticed that there is quite a draft coming from the fireplace. How can I cover/...
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How to stop cold air from coming into the house

I have a door similar to this, but it is an external door. There is a lot of cold air coming in from the bottom of this door, and around the perimiter (betweent he door and the frame). This is a ...
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How can I stop a draft from an attic hatch lid?

During the colder months there is a cold draft at the bottom of the stairs and I had a new drop down loft hatch installed 18 months ago as I was convinced that was the cause. It had become warped. But ...
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How do I draft proof a “drop down” loft hatch

I am trying to draft proof our drop down loft hatch, however I can't see how to get a good seal as its “push to release” click does not hold it tightly enough against the draft proofing strips. Are ...
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Why do I have a cold draft from a return air vent?

I have a draft occurring in my 2 story home, usually on windy days. The main floor is fine, but in the master bedroom on the second floor, there is cold air entering the room from the air return vent. ...
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Window insulation in a rented apartment

My apartment is extremely drafty during the winter months, with a window in my bedroom, as well as in my bathroom, my room suffers as soon as the temperature drops. I gave a call to my landlord and ...
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What is the process for draft proofing windows

I need to try to prevent drafts coming through and around my double glazed window units as much as possible. How can I go about detecting and sealing any leaks that are letting air through the window? ...
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How do I seal my baseboards from drafts?

Some rooms in my house have a pretty bad draft along the edge of the floor, where it meets the outside walls. But I am less than thrilled (to put it mildly) about the prospect of ripping out carpeting ...
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What's a good way of detecting drafts?

In particular, I'm trying to insulate my loft. I'm not keen on the idea of taking a naked flame up there!
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What is a good method to seal a baseboard to stop an existing draft?

Probably, due to faulty insulation/damp barrier, there is a cold draft coming through one of the upstairs baseboard. What is a good method to seal it? (It is a rented house, so, no I do not want to ...