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  1. 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...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Our patio roof is steel slats that interlock, extending from the house exterior wall to the outer edge of the patio. I have a sense it’s quite heavy. Rusty, it leaks. Plus, on a hot Southern California day it absorbs and radiates heat so much, you can’t really be comfortable. Steel was not a...
  3. Insulation
    So I'm doing a remodel...turning an area that was a hallway and pantry and laundry area into a mudroom. The floors are out of level so I tore up the plywood and found that the first 3 feet of the entire area is built over the garage slab. So from the man door at the garage wall to about 3ft in...
  4. Insulation
    Hello all, and thanks in advance for any advice offered. I am about to tackle a notoriously cold bedroom above my garage once and for all. The current batt insulation up against basement ceiling (or under bedroom floor - depending on how you look at it) that is held in place by wire just isn't...
  5. HVAC
    I have two compressors with 6 airheads. They were installed on my flat roof about 5 years ago. All works, and although I had most of the copper wires encased (and rubberized with Armaflex), some had to be wrapped by Armaflex and HVAC tape only. I bought what I thought was the best possible tape...
  6. Insulation
    So I am thinking about installing central air, and want to put the air handler in the attic. I want to make the attic conditioned space. I have a very simple roof. I want to vent the interior roof deck, and then insulate under it. My roof rafters are only 2x4's. I was thinking I would build...
  7. Insulation
    Looking for suggestions on how to insulate a cantilever space containing hot/cold supply pipes and a bathroom exhaust vent. Above the cantilever is a bathroom, below is the entrance to my house and on the inside another bathroom. Currently there is only fiberglass, no blocking, no foam, no...
  8. Insulation
    I have a 95 year old brick home and the brick is two layers thick. In most rooms, the interior lathe and plaster is laid directly on the brick. The exterior already has a layer of stuuco put on, which doesn't look very good and is cracking and peeling in many places. I'd like to insulate the...
  9. Building & Construction
    Good morning all, I need some suggestions on a project that I've been working on. I'm closing off a quarter of my basement for a playroom for the rugrat. When we bought the house, one wall was already in place as a divider for the laundry area. I've already framed the second wall and run the...
  10. Building & Construction
    I'm renovating an old farm house. At some point they created a room out of a porch, then much later someone added a small attic to it. The attic and newer roof are fine as is the side of the original house it's attached to, but the floor and one outside wall were rotted to the point of having...
  11. Plumbing
    Hello all, My wife and I will be moving into the addition of an existing house while we tear down the original and build a new one where the existing main house is. The water currently is coming from the main house, but since we will be tearing that down I need to shut that water off in...
  12. Insulation
    My summer cottage is hot! Upstairs is at least 20 deg hotter than down. Open rafters under new roofing, but how do I insulate? I have a good handyman, but I myself am not able to work on it. Don't want fiberglass, so what can I do? Also on fixed income so budget is important. Thanks for help...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hello, So I bought my grandmother's old home a couple years ago. There is a room that was an add-on which was used as a sun room. It was built before she moved in about 10 years ago. In the winter we freeze and in the summer we fry. I've identified a lot of the issues, i.e. door leading to...
  14. Insulation
    Hi all, I recently bought a new condo and have been hard at work getting it fixed up. I've run into a problem that I can't think of a solution for. Our kitchen has hardwood floors, and I noticed a draft coming through on the exterior wall. So, I caulked the baseboards and it's helped quite a...
  15. HVAC
    I want to purchase insulation for my hot water heating pipes (old black pipe, hot water boiler). I was planning on getting AP Armaflex self-sealing elastomeric tubes. Home Depot carries Armaflex but not in the size I need (2-3/8). I live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC and am having...
  16. Remodeling
    I recently purchased a very large 1940's brick three story home. Long story short the inspector missed almost everything and now I am living in "total chaos" and dont know where to start. Replaced roof that leaked at chimney into first floor ceiling. I now need to replace the entire ceiling in...
  17. Building & Construction
    Long story short: My aunt's husband abandoned her and her daughter (and took the savings account with him.). Both my aunt and cousin are living with my family currently. Her mom (my grandmother) left her some land and an old concrete (cinder) blocked home. It is in rough shape, but I think...
  18. Building & Construction
    First post, but have been reading here a long time. My wife and I would like to finish our basement. They are poured concrete slabs that are in great shape with no moisture that we've seen (I know there could be in the future). I've had some contractors come over with different ideas but the...
  19. Building & Construction
    Hello, This is my first post to DIY Chatroom. I am looking forward to hearing some informed opinions on my questions. I have a split-level 1979 raised bungalow home in cold Quebec that I am doing a lot of energy-efficiency retrofits to. One problem area was the ground level entry room that led...
  20. Building & Construction
    I have a drive in garage (basement level) with slab cement floor and walls (top few feet of walls are wood framed with brick exterior). My living room sits directly over the garage (about the same size too) with hardwood floors. The living room floors are noticably cold, due to the unheated...
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