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  1. Insulation with no subfloor?

    Insulation
    We have a house built in 1879 and our floor is the original hardwood floor made of heart pine with no subfloor under it - laid right on the beams. We have an unfinished basement underneath that is about 6 feet in height with our HVAC, boiler, etc. If the light is on underneath, you can see...
  2. Insulating and finishing Basement with French Drain

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello all, Question here: I am finishing my basement, and one of the first steps will be to apply Foamboard insulation to the exterior walls. My question though is, I have a french drain system, where there is a 1" gap between the Concrete wall and the Concrete floor. What do I do about this...
  3. Adding insulation to a block wall

    Insulation
    I have a house in Maryland (climate zone 4) that has a finnished basement. The exterior walls are plaster over cement blocks, with 1x2 furring strips nailed to the blocks and wood paneling nailed to the furring. The drainage outside was bad, and both the furring and the paneling show water...
  4. French Drains not working!

    Building & Construction
    Hi. Have French drains but had water in our finished basement this weekend. The drains and sump were dry as a bone. We don't have a vapor barrier on the wall into the drains and I think the water ran down the insulation onto the floor. Would the recommendation be to install a wall vapor barrier...
  5. Basement Insulation- put extra?

    Insulation
    Hello Everyone, I am new to this site and a new homeowner. This is my first winter in new home and I have an unfinished basement. I plan on finishing the basement in upcoming months, but before i do that I am thinking of putting extra insulation in the Basement joist. I would like to have some...
  6. How to stud basement with plumbing next to walls

    Insulation
    I have an unfinished basement with cinder block walls. I'd like to stud the walls and install spray foam insulation. Some of the drain pipes are installed against the cinder block. How can I stud the wall? Should I build the studs out around the pipes? Should I build the walls with the pipes...
  7. Basement Vapor Barrier

    Insulation
    I’m looking to finish the basement of my split level house which is in a cold climate. I have 3.5 foot high block walls in the basement that have some moisture on the walls after it rains (but never any standing water) and met with a basement contractor who recommends digging a trench out...
  8. How Should I Insulate Basement Walls that Were Studded Out?

    Insulation
    Hello everyone! I bought a house in Upstate New York. The basement was all studded out, ready to be finished. Unfortunately, the previous owner didn't put up foam board behind the 2x6 studs. Instead, he hung R-13 Batts between the studs. Since I have space to fill, I was going to pull the...
  9. Compress fiberglass insulation for transport?

    Insulation
    I got a good deal on 480 square feet of used R-19 batts, and I need to fit them in my 4 x 8 utility trailer. Is there any problem with compressing them down with a tarp and ropes for a couple days until I get them where they're going? In my limited experience with insulation it seems like it's...
  10. Drywall over cinder block w/baseboard heat

    Drywall & Plaster
    We just moved into our current residence - the church parsonage. We are trying to update a basement room into a livable space for our teenage son. It had paneling over the cinder block wall with no insulation. Termites had gotten into the furring strips behind the paneling and the house was...
  11. Insulation in basement ceiling for soundproofing -- will basement be too cold?

    HVAC
    I'm in the middle of a basement remodel where I've taken down some walls to open up the floor plan, and removed all the drywall in the basement ceiling to do some major lighting and electrical changes. I'm considering adding some insulation to the basement ceiling for soundproofing purposes...
  12. Insulation stop air through crawlspace

    Insulation
    I am a DIY with some experience. Usually did repairs and building with my dad. He has passed away. I am on my own. I don’t want to spend time and money on this and not get and results. I need someone who has experience to give me advice or suggestions. Our electric bills have been $400 plus and...
  13. Another Basement Insulation question....

    Insulation
    I've read some recent posts about how homeowners didn;t like the job done by their builders. Here in Toronto, my builder did a very good job. They used pink with vapour barrier up to the frost line. Therefore, about 4 feet of exterior concrete wall is bare. My question is this, is it ok...
  14. Basement insulation on pre-built walls

    Insulation
    My question - I understand I'm not in the ideal scenario, but - what would be the best way to go from here? Details: My basement walls are already built (2x4 walls about 1/8th inch from the poured concrete - some areas are touching). Behind the 2x4 wall is 6mil plastic from floor to ceiling...
  15. Converting Vented Crawl Space to Unvented/Conditioned

    Building & Construction
    Hi, My home was built in the 1970s with a full basement; however, in the early 1980s two extensions were added using crawl spaces, rather than digging out a full basement. Each crawl space is vented, one has a dirt floor, the other is over the old concrete patio (which has multiple cracks)...
  16. basement insulation in Toronto,

    Insulation
    I am renovating a basement laundry/bathroom and have a question on insulation. I have glued 1" foam board to exterior cement block walls and then tuck taped all seams. i then put up a regular 2x4 wall about 5" from the foam because i needed to run dryer ducting and water pipes, my question is...
  17. Dark spots on insulation following electrical wire

    Insulation
    Hello, While inspecting my house for carpenter ants, I found some dark spots on the paper side of the insulation where a wire touches it. It's not burn marks, but looks like the tar they use to hold the insulation to the backing. There is a cut in the wire sheathing where it looks like someone...
  18. Basement Waterproofing & Insulating

    Building & Construction
    What is the current best practice for waterproofing & Insulating a block wall basement?
  19. Insulation framing onto brick

    Insulation
    I have an entry way that protrudes from the rest of the house, The walls are constructed from two layers of brick. There is no sort of insulation and I must insulate it as it makes my entire first floor an ice box. I am going to frame it with 2x6's and apply a high R factor fiberglass...
  20. Temporary One Winter Season Heating Fix

    General DIY Discussions
    Hi, We just bought our first home this summer, and it is a 1950's semi-detached home. It has been "sort of" gut renovated - in that it looks like a total gut renovation, however as we've spent the last few months in it - we have definitely noticed a lot of things that point towards the...
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