Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-15-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 10
Rewards Points: 10
Question

Insulating Attic Door : Need Some Advice to Get Started


Our 4-year old home has two large crawl spaces. The doors to both of these crawl spaces are standard, hollow-core interior doors. One is full size, and one is cut down a bit. Neither has been insulated in any way, and not surprisingly, both have been a major source of energy loss.

I'm finally ready to undertake the project. Here are my questions:

1. I've read that I should use foam board insulation and attach it to the back of the door. How would I do this with a hollow-core door? Nails or screws wouldn't work, right? Some kind of glue? Also, some pictures I've seen show multiple boards sandwiched together. How do you know when you need more than one board?

2. I'm planning to buy and install weatherstripping along the door jambs. I haven't researched different types of weatherstripping, but I'm thinking this will just be obvious when I go to store. If there are specific things I should consider here, I'd love to hear them.

3. I don't know what to do about the gap on the bottom of the door. The gap is fairly large. I've simple kept draft blockers along the floor and against the door up until this point, but I would like something more permanent and effective. How do I close the gap under the door?

Thanks for any ideas you can provide!
Erin

erclark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 06:57 AM   #2
the Musigician
 
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 10,404
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Insulating Attic Door : Need Some Advice to Get Started


hi erin,
my first question is, how does he still have a job? (the inspector) hollow core for a crawl space access????
weird..... can you take a couple pics and post them so we can see better what your problem is?

DM

__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Click here to see some of my original magic tricks and trick boxes!
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 07:40 AM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 10
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Insulating Attic Door : Need Some Advice to Get Started


Oh, gosh! So sorry for the confusion!

You'll notice that I correctly called these "attic" doors in the title of the post and then proceeded to refer to them, inappropriately, as "crawl spaces." (To my husband and I, who grew up in old houses with "real" attics, these are merely "crawl spaces"!)

My apologies. The doors I need to insulate are to two second-floor attic spaces (behind knee walls).

Thanks for any help you can offer!
Erin
erclark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
the Musigician
 
DangerMouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I'm right here!
Posts: 10,404
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Insulating Attic Door : Need Some Advice to Get Started


ok, NOW i understand.... not enough coffee yet....
i'd go get some 2" sheet foam, cut it to size and use PL construction adhesive to glue it to the door.
you don't specify gap size. 1/2"? 2"? it'll make a difference.

DM
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Click here to see some of my original magic tricks and trick boxes!
DangerMouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Insulating Semi-Finished Attic... Need info scrupul0us General DIY Discussions 8 12-03-2008 02:25 PM
Insulating attic floor AND rafters? John FX General DIY Discussions 11 10-10-2008 11:50 PM
Insulating walls between attic & heated area Hobiedog Remodeling 4 11-08-2007 04:56 PM
Insulating an attic for HVAC system BigJimmy Building & Construction 7 10-07-2006 10:10 PM
Insulating Attic? Vikeologist Roofing/Siding 1 08-03-2006 12:16 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.