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  1. Insulation
    Hi Everyone, I had my second floor bathroom gutted and I'm considering putting rockwool insulation in the interior wall that are adjacent to bedrooms. This is primarily for noise - the toilet flushing was loud in the adjacent bedroom's. One of the walls is where the shower and tub will be...
  2. Insulation
    I recently had a professional encapsulate a crawlspace with a dirt floor The walls, rim joints were spray foamed. A 6ml reinforced vapor barrier was installed. Now the vapor barrier is rising/ballooning off the floor. As much as a foot in some areas. I cannot imagine that there is an air leak...
  3. Insulation
    It is snowing. I ran out of time to build a real barn, so I am just trying to retrofit and limp this coop through one winter. FYI it will reach -30F this winter so I need it WARM. I have enough ventilation. It is too late to insulate from the inside for many reasons, so I am putting rigid pink...
  4. Insulation
    Hello everyone! As I am replacing rotten plywood siding on fireplace build-out, I noticed that there is no vapor barrier nor insulation on the external walls around the fireplace or the flute. If this is an issue? Do I lose a lot of energy through that area? Should it be insulated, and if so -...
  5. Roofing/Siding
    I had some significant structural damage from water ( drainage issues). My house is older, exterior is wood siding, tar paper, studs. Not insulation then drywall interior. Sheetrock is down in some areas and can The asphalt paper has deteriorated in places and fallen off. Two pieces of siding...
  6. Insulation
    Hello In an effort to make my basement warmer, reduce condensation, stop mould from occurring , and save on costs, im planning to remove the pink batt insulation from headers and wall then spray foam headers with closed cell up to 3.7in and then just the top 2 feet of basement wall with 2in...
  7. Insulation
    Hi all, From lurking on here and doing some other research, it appears most people generally discourage the use of fiberglass insulation in rim joists. My understanding is that it is a more air permeable insulation, as compared to other options, which does not protect the cold rim joists from...
  8. Insulation
    Hi all, does anyone know if it is possible to buy the silver vapor barrier jacketing that they use with flex duct. I would like to buy just the vapor barrier, but not the insulation or the rest. Just a long shot. I thought I would ask. I know I could pull the jacketing off flex, but I would...
  9. Insulation
    I have an exterior basement wall that was "finished" with studs & drywall by a previous owner. I noticed the wall was cold, and there is a tremendous draft coming out of the electric sockets. I opened it up to peak, and it is not insulated. If I pull the old drywall off to insulate properly...
  10. 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...
  11. Insulation
    We are completely restoring a single story, 3bd/2ba house. We live at 2800ft in California (climate zone 2 or 3). The house has board and batten siding (either rough pine or cedar). The house is wrapped with some type of weather barrier, followed by the sheathing. Attached to the back of the...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi has anyone dealt with a crawlspace like this? The ground is very uneven, covered with boulders and a lot of support columns. House was built in 1850. The ground is very damp as you can see. I've put a 70 pint dehumidifier since this photo was taken and it really helps keeping the humidity...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    I have a 20×25 detached metal garage that I'm turning into a climate controlled workshop. I'm installing a 36K BTU mini-split A/C. I live in North Central Florida so I will be cooling 9-10 months of the year. I'm gutting this building down to the studs, adding some wiring and then insulating and...
  14. Remodeling
    I have a 20×25 detached metal garage that I'm turning into a climate-controlled workshop. I'm installing a 36K BTU mini-split A/C. I live in North Central Florida so I will be cooling 9-10 months of the year. I'm gutting this building down to the studs, adding some wiring, and then insulating...
  15. Insulation
    I have a 20×25 detached metal garage that I'm turning into a climate controlled workshop. I'm installing a 36K BTU mini-split A/C. I live in North Central Florida so I will be cooling 9-10 months of the year. I'm gutting this building down to the studs, adding some wiring and then insulating and...
  16. Insulation
    Hi folks, I'm working on the top floor of my 1905 fixer upper foursquare in Pittsburgh, PA. One of the jobs is to make the temperature much more comfortable, as it has no problem reaching triple digits in the peak of the summer. I'll be adding a whole house fan to pull the cooler air from the...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    I’m turning a garage into a workshop. I plan to cover the concrete floor to cushion my old bones and joints. I’ll lay furring strips in one direction only, so air can circulate. I won’t fasten the furring strip to the concrete. I’ll screw 3/4” t &g plywood to the strips. My question is, should...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hey guys! I have a 24x24ft unfinished garage that I’d like to insulate and Drywall/paint. Home is located south of Boston, Massachusetts. There is no living space above the garage and the “attic” portion of the garage is vented via the soffits. I plan to use R-13 Faced insulation all around...
  19. Insulation
    My home's insulation is totally inadequate. It has some sort of blown in cellulose fiber insulation. When I moved some of the laid in place pieces of plywood looking for a wiring fault, which I found by the way, I saw that the grey white fibers are now compacted down to 2 inches at most. Is it...
  20. Insulation
    I'm remodeling a 40 year old cabin in East Texas (Zone 8) that previously didn't have any insulation in the walls nor was it conditioned. The exterior is board and baton siding with Roofing felt as a WRB. No external sheathing is present under the WRB. I'm filling the stud bays with Rockwool...
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