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  1. 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...
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    Hi, I recently enclosed a double carport and created a 576 sq ft dog room. I want to keep the concrete floor for easy clean up of accidents from foster puppies. Walls were built to code along with correct R-value insulation. The area between ceiling and roof is uninsulated but there's a large...
  3. Roofing/Siding
    We recently bought a home with a mansard roof and are looking for ideas to vent the attic. Currently, there is no intake (or maybe its outtake) ventilation as the walls directly meet the top of the roof (that is 10 degree slope- 2:12). We will monitor it this winter (living near Toronto) for...
  4. Insulation
    I am replacing insulation in the attic floor. The initial plan was to install R-49 or R-38 fiberglass batts but after clearing the space of the old stuff, it appears to be a harder job that i thought: spacing of ceiling joists is all over the place from 16" to 22", many of them are doubled up...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    We have an old stone house ca. 1905, with a third floor (with dormers and kneewall) that is finished, but has not really been used. The third floor ceiling is sagging. I thought it was just plaster pulling away from the lathe, but when I ventured in to the space above the third floor, I...
  6. Insulation
    We bought a house in Northern Arctic Minnesota last summer. After outrageous propane consumption this last winter I decided to check out the insulation in the attic. This summer a leak developed and drywall ended up in our bedroom. After realizing that there was no access to the attic, I made a...
  7. Insulation
    Hi all, A little freaked out right now. Long story short--today was part one of two days to remove asbestos contaminated vermiculite in my attic. The goal is to get it reinsulated to improve energy efficiency of the home. I hired an abatement company--he is licensed and EPA certified. Seemed...
  8. Insulation
    My attic has been invaded by squirrels, who have chewed through my cedar siding numerous times. They have left droppings and urine, posing a health (and fire?) risk I am told. I have a number of questions: First, what is the best way to keep these critters out of the attic? (I have removed...
  9. Insulation
    Hi Everyone, I have an existing early 20th century wood frame home on rubble foundation and no insulation in the roof space. The roof is a low slope flat roof with the touch-on-roof still having about 10 years of life left. As I'm in climate zone 6, my heating bill over winter are very high...
  10. Insulation
    Hello all. We've got a rental unit that has electric heat and wanted to see what we can do to make the unit more energy efficient for the tenants. It is a 3 story end unit town home (about a 500 sf per floor)). I'm pretty handy at doing things myself if it saves money, but require the advice...
  11. Insulation
    We are having a new roof put on next month. It is currently the original 1978 roof of spanish tile with no decking or paper. We are going with lightweight concrete tile with plywood decking and double underlayment. At the same time we are having them take out the old blown-in insulation and blow...
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