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What are the pros and cons of adding a vapor barrier behind shower backer board?

After much research, I have a lot of conflicting advise about the need to add a vapor barrier before installing the backer (hardy / cement) board for my bathroom shower. The "expert" at Home Depot, ...
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What type of tape is used to seal vapor barrier seams?

If I was installing vapor barrier in Canada, I'd use Tuck® Contractors Sheathing Tape. However, after a trip to the local Home Depot (USA), I came up empty in my search for Tuck Tape. I did find ...
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What are the pros and cons of a vented vs unvented crawl space?

I find it very confusing to read and hear conflicting advice on crawl space: vent vs air seal, different ways to do insulation, vapor barriers vs not, etc. Mine currently has some moisture and has ...
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How do I retrofit a junction box in an insulated wall?

Typical cold climate construction: Drywall, 6mil vapour barrier, fiberglass batt insulation. How do I retrofit a junction box and maintain the vapour seal? To be clear, by 'retrofit', I mean the ...
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How to properly insulate a garage?

I'm considering insulating (and drywalling) my garage, which already has insulated garage doors. My main goal is to keep it from getting much below freezing during the winter. This garage is located ...
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When insulating with closed-cell Spray Foam, what ERV and HVAC resizing considerations should I bear in mind?

I am building a 2800 sqft, two-story brick home in Austin, TX. I have heard many good things about the benefits of insulating with closed-cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (ccSPF)1, and have requested ...
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How do I deal with vapour barrier for central vac inlets in exterior walls?

I'm retrofitting a central vac system, and it will be easiest to put a couple of the inlets in the exterior wall between the garage and the house (the vacuum itself is going in the garage). One ...
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What can I do in this vented crawlspace to keep the room above warmer?

I've recently moved to a new home. This home had an addition that was built on top of a Crawlspace that is vented to the outside. Needless to say, the morning after the first cold night made me ...
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What is the purpose of a vapor barrier?

I live in southern Brazil and I don't really know if I need a vapor barrier, mainly because I'm still confused about its purpose. The house in question have brick exterior walls and interior drywall. ...
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Do I need a vapor barrier in an exterior basement wall if I use purple drywall?

I purchased some purple drywall (mold and moisture resistant)for installing in a finished basement bedroom. One wall is an exterior wall. Do I need to install a vapor barrier between the drywall and ...
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What is good advice for a beginner layng insulation?

Background I have a manufactured home from the 70's with metal siding, wood studded walls and fiberglass insulation on the inside. I had a clogged gutter, which caused water to run behind the siding, ...
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Installing bathroom exhaust fan: what to do with vapour barrier and insulation?

I'm adding a bathroom exhaust fan, which is being mounted in the ceiling of the bathroom (in the attic) and venting out through a vent in the wall. right now, there is a vapour barrier (paper) ...
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Should I add a vapor barrier when re-siding?

I am removing the siding on my house in Montana, which was built in 1964. From inside out I have sheetrock, 4" studs with R-11 paper backed fiberglass insulation and gypsum board sheathing. I want ...
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What happens when a vapor barrier is too close to the cold side?

The vapour barrier must be installed on the warm side of the wall, that is on this interior side of the house. It is permissible to have it sandwiched in the middle between two layers of insulation, ...
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How can I find out if a vapor barrier is requried for finishing a basement to code?

I'm planning out a basement finishing project, and I'd like to do it correctly. I've done a lot of research but what I can't tell is if I do, or do not, require a vapor barrier. I was hoping from a ...
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Should I vapour barrier an (inside) sistered wall when the exterior wall already has it?

I have a 8' x 8' garage wall w/vapor barrier on warm side attached to house. This wall has 2 vertical duct runs. It had 5/8x drywall with fire stops insulated with R13FG batts except on the 2 duct ...
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Should I install a vapour barrier if I'm using rigid foam insulation?

I'm re-insulating a room in my house from the inside. I've read that polyisocyanurate (polyiso) rigid foam insulation is the best R-value, so I plan on using that. Details: The house was built in ...
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Vapor and moisture barrier for “above ground” basement

I'm finishing the basement of my home in New Jersey, and I'm a bit confused about the general guidance for basement moisture and vapor barriers. My "basement" is built from concrete block. However, ...
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Is the lack of a vapor barrier in the attic causing my mold issue?

For the last couple of days we have noticed more and more mold growth on the ceiling throughout the house. Wondering what was going on, I climbed into the attic this past weekend and notice that no ...
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How do we repair vapour barrier after a flood?

We recently had a flood in our basement which was completely finished. We have two bedrooms down there which is why I want to make sure it is fixed properly. When the restoration company came in to ...
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What is correct vapour barrier method for bathroom ceiling in a bungalow in Canada

I am in the middle of a complete main floor bathroom gutting and re-finish job in my house in CANADA.. and WINTER IS COMING!!!! THE BACKGROUND (pics below): My bathroom is 5'x 13' in a bungalow with ...
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Install plastic between drywall ceilings and rafters?

We are building a new house and are getting ready to install the drywall on the ceilings. We have installed a 6 mil plastic barrier on the underside of the rafters to act as an air & moisture ...
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How can I measure water/moisture content within a wall cavity?

Related to improper placement of a vapour barrier within wall insulation, are there any tools or methods for measuring water/moisture content within a wall cavity?
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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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What should I do about this possible mold I found under paint?

I live in Austin, Texas, which is important in that we don't receive much rain, and it's not very humid. I was peeling paint off of the old drywall, and found what appears to be mold on the bottom of ...
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Are there any special steps when installing drywall over vapour barrier?

I have a simple (I think) question about installing drywall overtop vapour barrier. Obviously the drywall screw will puncture the vapour barrier. What is typically done to prevent that puncture ...
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Is torn kraft paper vapor retarder in the attic a problem?

I'm adding additional insulation in my attic. Unfortunately, I tore the kraft paper vapor barrier of the existing fiberglass insulation in many places while air sealing. Is this a problem? Or is this ...
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Should I install vapor barrier in a seasonal cottage?

I am installing drywall in the bedrooms of a seasonal cottage in northern Ontario. It is unheated in the winter. The cottage is insulated with R14 insulation. Will the installation of a vapour ...
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Do I need a replacement attic vapour barrier after asbestos removal?

I recently had our Zonolite vermiculite asbestos professionally removed. The company used a large vacuum truck to remove it. They also ripped out the 6mm plastic vapour barrier in the attic. They ...
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How to attach plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs?

What's the best way to attach 4 mil plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs? I tried to use regular nails (sinkers 4d 1 - 3/8'') but the plastic sheet goes off the studs (through the head of the nails) ...
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How should I prepare a log home for vinyl siding?

I am going to side over a log home. Some of the logs are deteriorated and the maintenance has not been done for years but for the most part the logs are solid. I want to fur out the logs with 1 x 4 ...
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Installing in-wall speakers in an exterior basement wall

I've been debating installing in-wall speakers on an exterior basement wall for a home cinema, and I see problems with every solution. Naive approach Cut out a section down to the concrete and ...
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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 doing,...
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Additional Vapor Barrier with Faced Insulation?

When installing faced insulation into exterior walls, are there any benefits or detriments to adding an additional vapor barrier to either the non-faced side of the insulation?
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Will installing an OSB floor in the attic create moisture problems?

I installed some new OSB flooring in my attic. The area it covers is about 160 sq. ft. The total area of the attic is about 750 sq. ft. There is just blown fiberglass up there, and there is no vapor ...
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Should I install vapor barrier in my basement bathroom?

I have a brick house built in the 1920s. I'm installing a bathroom basement based on an existing layout, but I'm trying to keep the "wet" side (mechanical room with hot water heater, etc.) physically ...
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plastic sheeting under monolithic concrete slab

I'm trying to figure out how to put the vapor / moisture barrier under a monolithic concrete slab. Do I just put the plastic down and drape it over the form, and then cut to ground level when done (...
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How should I repair small tears in the kraft paper insulation caused while running a new water line?

While installing new electrical and water drops my wire snake (and pipe deburer) poked though and tore the paper face of the insulation above my bathroom. As this area is likely to see a lot of ...
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Is it necessary to replace plastic covering pink insulation in bedroom exterior wall?

I'm doing a little project where I'm fishing some CAT6 cables from a 3rd floor bedroom to a second floor office. Because of the layout, I had to first fish the wire along an outside-facing wall before ...
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How good of a vapor barrier is OSB in a dirt crawlspace?

Some background - I bought my current house in the middle of a drought in 2007, and knew nothing of vapor barriers. The house has a nice, albeit uneven crawlspace, that is walkable for about half ...
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Insulating between boiler room and bathroom

Part of my bathroom is directly above the boiler room. The boiler room is only accessible via an external door and is well ventilated with wall and door vents, so I consider it more like an outhouse ...
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Recommended method to insulate a raised (joisted) floor in the UK?

We're just about to get a new wood-burning stove fitted with an external air feed and have a load of squeaky floorboards which need fixing in the same room, so we're planning on taking the floor up. ...
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What type of interior vapor barrier is appropriate in the southern US?

I'm in the midst of a remodel in Austin, TX and I'm struggling to resolve the "right" way to go about insulation for exterior walls in this region. I'm generally familiar with the concepts of vapor ...
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Is hydraulic cement a vapor barrier?

I know hydraulic cement is designed to block the transmission of water, but does it also block water vapor to any appreciable degree that it is considered a vapor barrier at a certain depth/thickness (...
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Vapor barrier above a frequently wet crawlspace?

How can I create a vapor barrier between my home and its crawlspace which frequently has standing rain water that must evaporate and drain? Some first floor rooms have smelled damp for years. I am ...
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Should I use a vapor barrier when repairing a portion of the wall?

I'm replacing sheetrock 2.5' up from subfloor in remedy to mold issue. Does it make sense/provide benefit to put up a vapor barrier for this portion of the wall? The sheetrock that remains is foil-...
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Vapor barrier for foam + Roxul

I am renovating my basement in New York. I have 2" thick r10(5x2") Owen Corning rigid foam board insulation covering the wall and Roxul 3" comfort batt insulation between wood studs. My contractor ...
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garage vapor barrier

I am converting my garage into a wood shop and have insulated my walls with faced R13 insulation.The ceilings have faced R13 installed with R30 unfaced additional to the R13. Do I need to install ...
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Damp Crawl Space

My house is located in Missouri, currently I have a vented crawl space with a dirt floor. My home was built in 1998. I put a humidity tester in the crawl space and it reads anywhere from 75%-88% ...
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How should I seal and insulate a crawlspace to mitigate radon and allow for storage in the space?

Background: I recently bought a house built in 1996. It has a 1480sq ft (approx) living area, which is the same as the crawl space size. The location is in the Kansas City metro area. The yard is ...