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  1. Insulation
    Hi, I am concerned about the heat that is captured in the attic space. I live in Vancouver Canada and today was 27c (80f) but the attic was about 50c, Is this to be expected? An insulation man came around to quote on blowing more insulation in, and recons the airflow for the atic space was...
  2. Building & Construction
    We moved into a new home last year and I’m still adjusting to it. It’s a two story home and when it’s REALLY windy out, you can hear the house creaking. Today I took my baby into his room for the first time and we were laying on the ground playing. It’s rather windy and I could hear the attic...
  3. Insulation
    Dumb question, I know, but the rolls of insulation I'm using are just three inches too short for the space. The obvious answer is just to stuff an extra 3" into the remaining space, but it's in the hard-to-access corner of a peaked roof. I could cut each roll in the middle and have a little path...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    Hey there, was crawling around in the attic looking for signs of a carpet beetle infestation (found a few and want to be sure there isn’t a foothold) While crawling around way deeper than I normally roam I found this... is this mold? And if so is this thousands of dollars of problem or what...
  5. Building & Construction
    Just bought an old home with a detached 1905 brick garage w/ loft. Currently, the only way to access the space is by pulling out a ladder and climbing through a 16" opening at the end. I'd like to install a ladder for easier access to ultimately build out a loft space. Garage specs, specific...
  6. Insulation
    Hi folks, I'm working on the top floor of my 1905 fixer upper foursquare in Pittsburgh, PA. One of the jobs is to make the temperature much more comfortable, as it has no problem reaching triple digits in the peak of the summer. I'll be adding a whole house fan to pull the cooler air from the...
  7. Insulation
    My home's insulation is totally inadequate. It has some sort of blown in cellulose fiber insulation. When I moved some of the laid in place pieces of plywood looking for a wiring fault, which I found by the way, I saw that the grey white fibers are now compacted down to 2 inches at most. Is it...
  8. Insulation
    Hey everyone! I am new to the thread and have a spray foam question. I have a small beach bungalow and recently I had the roofline spray foamed. The contractor also removed the old insulation on the floor bc he said it was holding the foam smell. Now it seems my furnace and AC are always running...
  9. Building & Construction
    Recently moved into a house with a heated garage, but no insulation above the garage. Figured while we're up there adding insulation, we might as well put in a floor and use that space for storage. We wired up a couple lights and got some 2'x8' sheets of 3/4" OSB up there, but before we attach...
  10. Windows and Doors
    We have experienced a significant amount of leaking in both our windows to our home on one side of our mansard flat wall (we confirmed with getting the hose up there). Would anyone have suggestions for re-doing the flashing the right way? Steps and material? We just had the roofers re-shingle...
  11. Insulation
    Hi there! First of all - I'm new here and only recently started learning about insulation - happy to learn more by reading other's posts as well! I have a 1923 house in Portland, Oregon, climate zone 4c, that currently has a finished attic with knee walls which are pretty restrictive to the...
  12. Electrical
    I added an outlet box and an additional light fixture in my attic. I already know that I should have made the last conduit longer so I could staple it to the rafters <6" from each box. Soon I will relocate it to allow for the staples. Apart from that, is there an NEC issue with mounting...
  13. HVAC
    I recently moved into an older (approximately 1970) row townhouse and will soon be replacing/adding insulation in an unconditioned attic. The property has soffits. I was poking around in the attic just now and was unable to find any ridge vents or otherwise open vents. Shouldn’t I be able...
  14. Building & Construction
    I have something which appears to be mold in my attic. I am going to try a mold bomb, which I just heard of for the first time, to get rid of it. However, my question is how do I keep it from coming back? The mold does not appear to be on the gable ends or the insulation.
  15. Building & Construction
    Here's what I am looking to do; When I had the "Shop" built on my property in Montana I had the General Contractor use an Attic Truss w/living area. the trusses span 30' and the area created by the trusses is 18' x 60'. Now it's time to build the apartment, however, the cost may exceed my...
  16. Electrical
    I'm in the middle of pouring a slab for a new freestanding garage and I'm running 4 wires 100' of #3 AWG THHN/THWN in 2.5" sch 40 from the main to a new sub in the new garage. So far I've run about 30' underground from the new garage and up the side of the single level existing house about 10'...
  17. Flooring
    I'll just list the issues to make it (hopefully) quicker to read: Want to floor attic for simple light storage. Attic framed with 2x8 joists to a x8 beam running along the middle. Framers used 2x10 joists-hangers for hanging them: They now stick up over the beam/joist tops I can't quite...
  18. Building & Construction
    Here's my first problem (lol, first...more to come). I'm building a shop for woodworking and such, plus I have a grand daughter. I want to build this shop with a play area in the attic for when she's old enough to enjoy it. She's just turning into a toddler now, so plenty of time. Here's my...
  19. Interior Decorating
    We bought our first home back in October and have come to realize there is hardly any insulation in the attic. It’s a single story home built in 1938 with part of the roof slanted and part is flat. The insulation is so thin that in some places you can see the sheet rock of the room below. We...
  20. Roofing/Siding
    Hello, Very new to the home care game, so please bear with me. I've been having leaking and/or venting issues with my roof & attic. My home is an old 2 story row house with a low slope roof sloping front to back. When inspecting the attic after a heavy snow due to a water trail and dripping...
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