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Old 02-14-2011, 03:15 AM   #1
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We are in the begining stages of having our home remodeled. The builders haven't started yet (weather has been bad) with the extention but some walls have been torn down by us...Now my question is what is the best way to keep the house warm during this remodel??? The houses normal temp has dropped by half and I also have 3 cats who don't seem to be thrilled about it either.

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Old 02-14-2011, 03:26 AM   #2
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I don't think there's much you can do.

cover openings with plastic and use heaters.

maybe consider some propane construction heaters?

can be bought or rented

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Could you use 4x8 sheets of foam insulation to build temporary walls?

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I like what Mike is suggesting, you can reuse the XPS insulation board on the foundation or walls of the addition later.

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Could you use 4x8 sheets of foam insulation to build temporary walls?

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Hey nordictat2,
My name is George and i work for a Chicago area Home Depot.
I disagree with Mike and Jackofall1 idea to build a temporary walls out of XPS foam.
XPS FOAM IS HIGHLY COMBUSTIBLE AND THE MAJOR COMBUSTION PRODUCTS ARE CARBON MONOXIDE,CARBON DIOXIDE ,ACRYLIC ACID AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE.
Not a pleasant group of gases to have around.

IN ADDITION DO NOT USE ANY KIND OF KEROSENE ,PROPANE ,OR ELECTRIC HEATERS IN THE SAME ROOM.
FURTHER KEEP THE XPS AWAY FROM ANY HEATING ELEMENTS IN YOUR HOME SUCH ARE RADIANT HEATERS ,APPLIANCES ETC.

If the heat is issue have you contractor block the areas of the home with temporary walls and 5/8 Drywall.
Heat the separated section with electric heaters.
Propane and kerosene heaters need to be used with fresh air intake.
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Hiya.
We are in the begining stages of having our home remodeled. The builders haven't started yet (weather has been bad) with the extention but some walls have been torn down by us...Now my question is what is the best way to keep the house warm during this remodel??? The houses normal temp has dropped by half and I also have 3 cats who don't seem to be thrilled about it either.
What exactly is your remodeling project?
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how large are these openings you've created? What rooms are these openings in? Also, what direction do they face? And is wind a consideration where you live, as in, are you in a valley by chance where the wind generally flows from a certain direction.

My only real issue with the styrofoam solution is that wind may cause it to flex, and make it come loose due to styrofoam breaking around your attachments...and that's wasted money too. Believe it or not, even a small wind is quite stressful...try to hold a 4x8 sheet of foam board in a 15 mph wind and you'll see what I mean.

I'd probably frame a temp stud wall, placing studs at 24" rather than the standard 16 if cost is a real concern.....and use minimum thickness plywood, backed with styrofoam on the inside...and perhaps cover the inside walls with that cheap 3/16" floor boards they use on subflooring...it's very cheap. The key to insulation and warmth is air....air is the best insultator. If you just put up styrofoam, you wont get much return on your investement.

Ever been in a log cabin, they're always cold...due to solid walls. Same with unfinished concrete basements

And if you use screws to put the wall together, you can always take it apart and reuse the lumber later
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temp walls would work, but depending on the space you're building in could be a lot of extra expense...
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how long do you think you'll be wall-less in your house? That would also help with suggestions...with some general contractors, you'd better served to frame it back in and wait til next fall when their schedule clears

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