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  1. Insulation
    One of my bedroom is usually cold and its due to the air leak between the subfloor and dry wall contact (shown by blue line in picture 1). This wall is above the cantilever area of my home. The drywall thickness is 5/8”. I have removed the baseboards to fix this draft. Option #1 - I am thinking...
  2. Insulation
    Hi All - I recently bought an old house in Bay Area, CA. The previous owner held it as investment property and does not know when the attic insulation was last updated. I took some pics of the attic from my cell phone on an extended tripod. This area is roughly in the middle of the home. It...
  3. Insulation
    I live in the Niagara region in Ontario, Canada and want to insulate the cantilever overhang. Recently got the energy audit done and found air leak through the cantilever portion. Right now there are fibreglass bats pushed in the joist bays. I plan to remove the plywood below the cantilever...
  4. Insulation
    Hi there, I'm currently installing drywall in my detached garage and I was wondering if I should add interior insulation between the concrete stem walls and the drywall. On the plan I got, the architect is suggesting wood strapping which make sense to install the base plate, but I'm not sure...
  5. Insulation
    I'm remodeling my bathroom and framing 2 new non-loadbearing walls against exterior walls. I have a brick home that is 130 years old in Colorado (zone 5). The code I've found says I need to insulate framed walls to R20. I'm trying to maximize my space, so I'd like to use 2x4s (which I've already...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    I'm looking at some options for finishing the walls of my basement. Besides cost, and potentially hazardous fumes in a fire, is there any major disadvantage of sprayfoam in a basement? I'm looking at it to solve an issue I have - moisture above grade. I've attached a few photos of condensation...
  7. Building & Construction
    I am so confused and need advice. I am finishing all the interior work myself on my 16'x26' shed. Do I need to install baffles before installing insulations in the ceiling? All the R-15 Rockwool for the walls is done. Now I'm ready to do the ceiling. But I don't know know if baffles are...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone hoping you can offer some advice . We’ve had this home for around 6 months. We started to notice damp in the spare bedroom (only room with damp really )Few things to note- all the external walls in this home are papered with a thermal paper - previous owners (really thick , hard to...
  9. Insulation
    This is about half the room. This is the ceiling of the dormer window. This is the room with R15 rockwool already installed in the walls before I knew the code requires R20. (Since the room was framed when the house was built and just unfinished, I was hoping we could insulate to the code...
  10. Building & Construction
    I have an idea that I could use feedback on... I'm building a single-floor tiny house (10x20 ft). It will qualify as a "shed" in size, so there won't be code enforcement, but I was wondering if my "outside the box" framing idea has any serious flaws before I put pen to paper. The issue is...
  11. Insulation
    I recently had a custom home built And I’m slightly concerned about what I’m seeing in my roof now that cold weather has hit. The main level of the home is SIP construction with an ICF foundation. The photo above is the roof area above my main living space and master bedroom. The space in the...
  12. Insulation
    Hello fellow DIYers! I'm not really sure how to move forward with this one. I pulled out some drywall from a room I knew to have water damage, but wasn't expecting to find my chimney exposed and tons of ruined insulation/house wrapping. The flue itself looks and feels solid, but the chimney...
  13. Insulation
    Hi all. Can anyone give advice about the best way to insulate a vented cathedral ceiling? I've used 2x12s as rafters 24 o.c., and the roof is vented through a ridge vent. Minimum R is 40 in my area. Using baffles for the venting, i will lose 2", which leaves me with just 9" of space for...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hi, There were a couple of very old threads on this topic or similar, but I wasn't able to read a clear answer in them. We have a two-story house, in which the first story extends out farther than the second floor. Over the extension there is a short roof, which does not connect at all to the...
  15. Insulation
    Situation: Single family home built 1995. Cold kitchen floors in the winter. Directly below the kitchen is a completely unfinished crawl space. It seems like they laid vapor barrier down, and gravel on top. There was batt insulation between the joists, but it's fallen down and needs to go...
  16. Insulation
    Hi all, I've been reading up online and am more confused than ever about the vapor barrier location on rim joist. I live in okanagan, BC, Canada. Dry hot summers, moderately cold Winter. My home has a 2 foot concrete foundation wall (6" thick) exterior dirt varies from half to top of concrete...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    I bought a 1940 house. The thermal images from inspection indicated the home had good wall insulation but I’m wondering if thicker 1940 drywall is perhaps masking realities as the house does not do a good job holding temps. The inspector did point out poor attic insulation which was an R of...
  18. Insulation
    Hi, I'm in the process of buying my first house. Because I'm not familiar with types of insulations I wanted to ask you guys for your wisdom. I took a picture of the attic insulation and would love to hear what you guys think. Thanks in advance.
  19. Building & Construction
    Hi all, New here... First post! I'm building a house and due to the COVID related delays I'm finding myself in a situation where I have to pour my concrete slab in the basement and 2" concrete on wood subfloor on the ground floor, before the house is insulated and heated. We live in Montreal...
  20. New Member Introductions
    I remodeled the inside of my home and now starting the outside which is completely over my head!
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