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

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-25-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
GBunny
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 35
Share |
Default

Vapour barrier over potlights?


I'm having my basement insulated. The contractor has used clear vapour barrier. I thought vapour barrier was black!?

The basement ceiling is being insulated too. The contractor has put vapour barrier across the ceiling, even over the potlights. He has cut a circle out for the bulb to be put in. Won't the heat from the pot light metal box melt the plastic? What if something spills on the floor above, won't the liquid be trapped on top of the plastic and eventually cause mold?

GBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
GBunny
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 35
Default

Vapour barrier over potlights?


I'm having my basement insulated. Is there a special procedure to use when putting insulation near outlets?

GBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 139
Default

Vapour barrier over potlights?


Quote:
Originally Posted by GBunny
I'm having my basement insulated. The contractor has used clear vapour barrier. I thought vapour barrier was black!?

The basement ceiling is being insulated too. The contractor has put vapour barrier across the ceiling, even over the potlights. He has cut a circle out for the bulb to be put in. Won't the heat from the pot light metal box melt the plastic? What if something spills on the floor above, won't the liquid be trapped on top of the plastic and eventually cause mold?
I would not put a vapor barrier on the basement ceiling if the basement is a conditioned space. If you want to put insulation in the ceiling to reduce noise from above use unfaced insulation. In terms of the pot lights make sure they are IC rated before you put insulation near the cans. You can use an insulation from Roxul called safe n sound or ComfortBatt that is not combustible and also won't mold/mildew and mice don't like it either. Try the insulation forum as you may find some good advice there.
clydesdale 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
vapour barrier on ceiling of bathroom? wilsonfrench Building & Construction 20 01-29-2012 08:08 PM
Old paper-backed insulation = Vapour Barrier? billyh Building & Construction 3 03-15-2011 08:38 PM
vapour barrier HELP!!!!! 06GT General DIY Discussions 8 02-23-2010 08:01 AM
Roxul without vapour barrier? giannit Building & Construction 8 01-26-2010 04:39 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

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