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  1. Building & Construction
    Designing a new house and looking at different insulation/decking options. I had planned on doing Zip panels for decking, with 4" of spray foam on the underside, but I've decided to go with ductless mini split for heat/air so im not sure if it's necessary to condition the attic. Now planning...
  2. Insulation
    Greetings! I'm new here so first let me say hello to everyone! I'm planning to finish the inside of a 900 sq ft workshop (30 ft x 30 ft) that comes with a house I'm purchasing and I'm trying to decide the best way to insulate it; I wonder if anyone here can offer some advice. This space will...
  3. Insulation
    Hello! I'm redoing a bathroom ceiling in a dormer. It's sloped and the other side of this ceiling is the roof. I'm redoing it because of a leak which collapsed the ceiling. The rafters are not very deep, about 3.5". I'm wondering if I should NOT insulate this ceiling with an impermeable...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    Hello DIYers, Have any of you ever made a custom mattress to fit a skinnier area than a twin would? If so, did you just use foam? An inexpensive, firm twin mattress would work well for my project because it would be bridging the gap between sleeping on wood vs. layers of flimsy foam...
  5. Insulation
    Has anyone here done closed cell spray foam insulation? I'm thinking of doing this in my cathedral ceiling, but I haven't been too impressed by the pricing I've seen at the Home Depot, Lowe's or Amazon. I have been given quotes for around $2k from local contractors and I've estimated it will...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    I am trying to fix a gap at the shower door frame which I think resutled from previous owner's improper installation/sealing. As you can see, there is this little gap at the shower door frame. That orange stick was from the hole, part of the unsuccessful sealing attempt from the previous owner...
  7. Insulation
    I am looking for advice on some insulation. I have a front entryway to my house which had a plaster & lath ceiling. The plaster and lath was sadly beyond repair and it had to come down. Before I put up a new plaster ceiling I noticed a lot of ice cold air coming in from the outside (I have a...
  8. Insulation
    Hey everybody, this is my first post and first time being on this site. I recently bought my first home in Northern Ontario, Canada. It was a late 50's bungalow with a crawl space that now has a half storey addition. I've found some rebates through my gas company for insulating the crawl space...
  9. Insulation
    Hey guys, I am trying to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible and use my Mini Split A/C units with my Solar panels to heat/cool year round without having to use backup oil if possible. To do this I know I need to better insulate. I have a 1920s house with blown in Cellulous insulation...
  10. Insulation
    I have a 1920s house that a previous owner (70s or so) tried to finish the basement. They installed 2x4 studs, filled some of the cavities with fiberglass insulation, and then covered it with sheets of wood paneling. I would like to try and finish it with drywall for a play area, and wanted to...
  11. Insulation
    Hi, My garage walls and ceiling have sheetrock and then a thin layer of concrete on top of it. I want to insulate my garage and my idea is to glue and fasten foam boards on the walls and the ceiling (with most likely drywall screwed onto the foam boards). What is the feasibility of this? Also...
  12. Insulation
    I recently gutted my basement and want to start adding insulation. I'm unsure whether I should be using foam board insulation against the foundation walls, or whether I should be using the fiber glass insulation to the studs that are off the wall. I've read conflicting thoughts on this. Can...
  13. Insulation
    My garage (and the bedroom above it) are very cold and not insulated very well. Big picture, we'd like to re-insulate the whole garage, but for the time being we're just trying to warm it up however we can. I was at work looking at rigid-foam garage door insulation kits: Went ahead and...
  14. Insulation
    Hello, thank you in advance for any advice. We recently just finished building our home in Madison, WI. I am looking at finishing our basement, and have some questions regarding the insulation. After speaking with the contractor that built the home, he said adding fiber insulation to the...
  15. Plumbing
    I am remodeling my bathroom and I paid to have an acrylic tub (KOHLER 60" x 32" Devonshire) and tile installed. I did not find out that my tub had been installed without mortar until the tile surrounding the tub was already set and grouted. I do not have an option of removing the tub and...
  16. Insulation
    1. I have an old farmhouse - just gable vents. I'm about to add more blown in cellulose to part of the attic - do I still need to use ventilation baffles in the soffit area even though there is not soffit ventilation? I have heard conflicting opinions on this. 2. Half of the attic has plywood...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi! We're building our first house and things look good so far, but I have a question. I couldn't find many 'good' things about this, but I somehow get the feeling that most of the info I found was from old school builders...or people who believe you need to over-engineer to make things well...
  18. Building & Construction
    I had a few leaks in the roof in the past year. The roof is now fixed (for the first time in 60 yrs the roof has 5 roof vents), so now the question is the attic insulation. The house is a 60 yr old brick bungalow. I am told by some contractors that I have to remove the old insulation in the...
  19. Roofing/Siding
    To Tar or Not to Tar. *HELP!* Bought a bank owned home in September. Just finished renovating it. After recent heavy rains I found out that I have a roof leak in a old exterior wall, now interior wall after remodel. I ripped open the wall to look at what was happening inside and found termites...
  20. Building & Construction
    My house is on stilts, leaving the underside of the house exposed to the weather here in Central MA. The previous owner and builder did some pretty unorthodox things. I am just beginning to understand the magnitude of the problem. The floor construction is as follows from top to bottom: Pine...
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