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How can I add more insulation to my finished attic walls without trapping moisture

I have a finished attic that has a kneewall insulated with fiberglass batts, insulation facing in. The batts fill the depth of the wall cavity completely to the end of the stud, there's no more room ...
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Metal shed/roof/ with window air conditioner/insulation foam board

I have an un insulated metal shed. Both walls and roof are metal. I bought insulation foam board for the ceiling that has the shiny foil on one side. I have a air conditioner mounted in the wall ...
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Is Fiberboard sheathing under cedar siding ok with no vapor barrier?

I am patching horizontal lapped cedar siding on a 1950s house in Minnesota with fiberboard sheathing. I think it’s Nu-Wood. There’s no vapor barrier. I will have to put a vapor barrier per code where ...
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Do I need a vapor control membrane inside the roof if I have a breathable underlay outside?

I am a DIY'er working on a cottage in a remote part of the UK. I don't really have access to a professional roofer so I've just been having a go at it myself with some labourers. So we have ...
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What are my vapor-barrier options under Hardie siding?

I'm currently in the process of replacing all the siding on my 1940s home. It was originally wood dutch-lap and that was covered with felt paper and asbestos siding. I'm taking all the siding off, ...
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Vapor barrier on heated entertainment shed

i am building an 8x10 entertainment shed with a loft for kids to hang out and have sleepovers in, i will be heating it. I have tyvek and t1-11 it is on 4x4 skids on top of the Concrete patio and has 3/...
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is there anything wrong with using plastic sheeting under joists in a dirt crawlspace area?

background info: old farm house crawlspace with exterior perimeter walls made from boulders and cement skimmed to create a fall surface. joists under the main living space have batting type fiberglass ...
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Are glass textiles with PTFE coating used as vapor barriers for installation under the roof?

In construction in Central Europe are in use vapour barriers, in special cases more precise as vapour retarders. These enable the drying of building materials such as insulation, if moisture has ...
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If I have vapor barrier under joists in crawlspace, is hardwood underlayment a problem?

I have spray foam under the subfloor with vapor barrier. The foam is sprayed to the underside of the subfloor deck, and vapor barrier is attached to the joists bottoms between the joists and the soil ...
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Should I install a vapor barrier before adding drywall to my garage?

I'm refinishing my attached garage, and part of the job will be to install drywall. Currently, the walls have faced installation installed are are covered with pegboard. I'll be removing the pegboard ...
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How to find my IRC zone?

I'm replacing old insulation in a 1962 cape cod style house in the Baltimore area and trying to determine if I need vapor barrier. The more I research, the more complicated the answer becomes. The IRC ...
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Basement insulation in front of vapor barrier

I am getting ready to finish my basement. We have lived in the house for 7 years, never any moisture or water issues in the basement. It currently has pink insulation from ceiling to 12" above floor ...
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Cost effective insulation for a 100 year old home?

My home is in central Indiana -- climate zone 5. It has lasted 100 years with no insulation at all. I've removed all of the super thick and heavy 3/4" cement sheet rock on the exterior walls and ...
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Exterior wall vapour barrier behind shower install?

There is discussion of vapor barrier behind a shower at this question, and many recommend not to have a vapor barrier behind the backer board if you are using a membrane on top of the backer, as it ...
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Insulating a 3 season room with no crawlspace access

I have a small room off of my kitchen that appears to have previously been a back porch with cement blocks as its foundation. I already re-insulated the walls and ceiling, but there's still obvious ...
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What type of insulation do i need to replace in my AC air vent registers?

We noticed we had mold on our register grills due to one of our AC unit not draining anymore in the attic (water was ponding in the pan); we had a remediation company come out and they told us we ...
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Should I put a moisture barrier between a single ply of pressure treated (PT) plywood and a second non-PT ply when constructing a shed?

I am building a shed. The floor consists of 4x4 PT runners, 2x8 PT girders, and 3/4" PT Plywood flooring. Anytime in the past, when I have laid PT lumber next to non-PT lumber, there is mold/...
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Can a vapor barrier follow the profile of floor joists?

I'm renovating the 4th and top floor of a house built in 1906 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The house has masonry load-bearing walls and wooden beams. The current situation is shown in the image ...
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Suggestions to hold floating laminate floor from sliding on vapor barrier installed over concrete slab

I need suggestions for keeping a laminate floating floor in place during installation on a vapor barrier over concrete. I was hoping to hear of good ideas to prevent this slip/slide effect on the ...
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How to insulate metal roof on shed and avoid condensation?

I’m fixing up an old uninsulated shed. The roof — built of metal sheeting on plywood, nailed to the 2-by-4 rafters — needs to be insulated. What is the best way to insulate the roof that avoids ...
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Humidity levels in new basement are high

I'm currently living in a new build in Ottawa Ontario for which I took possession in February 2020 ( I've been here for about 5 months ). The humidity levels in my basement have gone gangbusters in ...
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Densheild tile backer board use advise needed

I'm in the process of doing my bathtub walls and I'm thinking of using Denshield™ boards. My total area is 55 sq ft. I found 4'x8' Denshield™ sheets so I will need to buy two sheets to cover my area (...
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Must we install a “moisture, not vapor” barrier, room-side, on an insulated above-grade portion of an exterior basement wall [closed]

Must we install a "moisture, not vapor" barrier, room-side, on an insulated above-grade portion of an exterior basement wall Can we forgo installing any " moisture, not vapor, " ...
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Vapor Barrier Under Insulation on Attic Floor

My brother tore out the mdf tile ceiling of his cottage and nailed down ~1x6 pallet wood on top of the ceiling joists in the attic. There are large gaps in the boards. On top of the boards, he rolled ...
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Faced or unfaced insulation

So my house was built in 1957, I have shiplap siding and behind black boards that are fireproof. On the photo you can see the exterior wall where these boards are. Should I use unfaced insulation or ...
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Vapor barrier on Bathroom tub exterior wall(s)?

So I keep seeing conflicting answers on this. I'm renovating a bathroom that was torn down to the studs. On the exterior wall I have siding-tyvek-plywood sheathing-fg insulation inside studs. My plan ...
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Should I use a plastic moisture barrier underneath a new deck to help prevent rot?

Our deck was 12 yrs old a lot of rot and we have torn it out. My husband is thinking of putting a plastic moisture barrier underneath the new deck. The deck is on a slope and consists of an upper ...
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Can rigid insulation be added to attic space over a plastic vapor barrier in a 100 yr old home

This is a century home and we are trying to restore as much as possible.The attic has a plastic vapor stapled to the rafters and some spots it jus hangs exposing the wood. would it be wise to staple ...
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How do I install a vapor barrier and insulation in an existing floor?

I have a large room in my house that is built over a crawl space. The floor of this room does not have any insulation installed in it. I live in upstate New York so it is my understanding that I ...
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Should I use a vapor retarder in Missouri?

I'm constructing a small house in southern Missouri, climate zone 4. My question about vapor barriers is multifold: Should I install a vapor barrier at all? Should it be on the interior (warm-in-...
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Outside Sauna Build Moisture control any suggestions?

I am currently building an Octagon sauna that will double as a mobile bug out shelter that will be mounted on a trailer. I'm putting the octagon on edge if you can imagine so that when viewed from ...
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Insulating against brick in rim joist bay

I was hoping to air seal and insulate the rim joist in my basement. This is a balloon-framed house in zone 5, so the bays are open to the floor above. At some point brick and mortar were put in the ...
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Another Question on How to Cover Up Exposed Insulation in A Basement Ceiling

I have read through many questions with a similar problem, but different circumstances than I have regarding this issue. The home is in Ohio so cold winters and hot summers built in 1997. I have a ...
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How Do Houses Prevent a Water Buildup in the Flooring?

I have been reading Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction to get an idea how houses are built and function, and am really confused about one aspect. External floors are built just like external ...
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Deal with humidity in Garage with no vapor barrier

My garage slab has no vapor barrier and I live in Houston which is often wet and almost invariably humid. Water seeps up through the concrete and humidity is always pretty high in the garage. Power ...
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Redoing insulation in the basement of the home I recently purchased

I recently purchased a home and have begun to do renovations on the basement. I am starting to look at insulation and so I have been researching what the best way would be to do that. The problem I am ...
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Can I install Insulation board in the interior wall with House wrap on the exterior

I am insulating a shed as a wine cooler. I have house wrap on the outside. I will install unfaced batt insulation between studs. Can I then install foam insulation board under the drywall? I am ...
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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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Crawlspace encapsulation

This past weekend I recently had to fix the flooring of my family cottage. In a heavy-traffic side entryway, the plyboard floor was bending when you walked over it. We opened up the floor to see ...
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Fireplace/brick foundation

I'm rebuilding my garage and have planned to install a footer, full brick base, and full brick wall behind a wood burning stove. I'm planning to have the "base" be mostly standard concrete block with ...
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With a vapor barrier installed, how critical is slashing/destroying faced insulation underneath?

After installing a vapor barrier, forgot to slash/destroy the faced batts of insulation within some wall cavities and/or ceiling areas. Am I in "OMG deep doo-doo" for not slashing the batts, or ...
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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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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 ...
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Can the vapor barrier between a dry floating concrete slab and linoleum flooring be foregone?

I have a two year old house that sits on an 8" concrete floating slab. The slab is insulated below and around the side. The floors in the house are unfinished. That is, the concrete slab is ...
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Concrete vs suspended floor over vapor barrier

Our house has a sizable crawl space large enough to use as storage. The space has no slab covering it, but due to radon issues, it does have a vapor barrier to maintain a suction for the radon ...
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Unfinished basement in Georgia townhome; would vapor barrier on interior trap moisture?

I have a town house that is a middle unit on a slab. The back wall is above grade, with exterior windows and door. The sidewalls abut adjacent units, so there is no wall in contact with soil for the ...
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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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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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plastic vapor barrier on basement ceiling - is it optional?

I have a finished basement where the builder added a plastic vapor barrier between the fiberglass insulation and a suspended ceiling. It is stapled to the joists. The problem is the vapor barrier ...
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How to deal with upside-down insulation?

I'm considering buying a house, but in the crawl space, they installed the insulation like you would from the inside -- by stapling it in using the kraft paper. Of course this means that there is ...