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07-23-08, 10:17 PM
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Views: 2,052
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

What Mr. Thomas said is so correct. Consult an...

What Mr. Thomas said is so correct. Consult an architect and/or a structural engineer to be sure. There are many calculations to be made not just span. You don't want to finish your project and...
07-23-08, 10:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,173
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

If your attic already has expanding spray foam...

If your attic already has expanding spray foam insulation then you are finished. No need for more insulation, as this is one of the or the best insulation available. Do not add fiberglass, as ...
07-23-08, 10:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 775
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Your plan sounds well though out and great. You...

Your plan sounds well though out and great. You will need the plastic vapor barrier on the inside of the walls. This is used to seal the building and keep any air infiltration from occurring. As...
07-23-08, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

May I suggest that you install one or two...

May I suggest that you install one or two (depending on the area to vent) turbine fans on the roof. These are very effective, reliable, quiet and do not require wiring. They run about $40-$60 for a...
07-23-08, 09:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 923
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

The first thing I would suggest is to make sure...

The first thing I would suggest is to make sure your attic is ventilating properly. Do you have soffit vents, gable vents and/ or roof vents? If these are are properly sized and working well that...
07-23-08, 09:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,792
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

You might consider using spray on expanding foam...

You might consider using spray on expanding foam insulation. It will give you a far superior R value and is environmentally friendly. Check the cost you'll find it is less expensive than you might...
07-12-08, 03:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 875
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

The whole reason for a vapor barrier is to...

The whole reason for a vapor barrier is to prevent the warm from reaching the cold and creating condensation. Foil faced radiant barriers do a great job and are quite inexpensive. Here is a link to...
07-03-08, 06:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,647
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Sequoia, It would be prudent to check with a...

Sequoia,
It would be prudent to check with a foundation contractor and engineer to get their thoughts prior to taking on this project.
If I found the footers to be up to code and stable I would...
06-24-08, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Yes, I've picked them up at Home Depot. It's...

Yes, I've picked them up at Home Depot. It's worth doing!
Thanks for listening.
06-24-08, 02:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

I think that's a good alternative. After you...

I think that's a good alternative. After you drill the holes you might run a 8' fiberglass rod, down the bay to determine if the bay is blocked at some point. That will enable you to know if you...
06-24-08, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,359
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

alexandereis, You do not have to sister all the...

alexandereis,
You do not have to sister all the way back to the center support, although that is ideal. Sistering back half the distance will do. Just remember to use glue and screws to secure the...
06-20-08, 12:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Good luck with your project, I am confident that...

Good luck with your project, I am confident that you will succeed.
Thanks for listening.
06-20-08, 12:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

The barrier goes on the roof rafters not on the...

The barrier goes on the roof rafters not on the sheathing. I do not recommend putting the barrier over the floor insulation as it would compact the insulation and render it less effective.
Thanks...
06-20-08, 11:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Chris, I did check out that product and it is...

Chris,
I did check out that product and it is cheaper because it does not have a thermal break in between the foil sheets. It does reflect the energy but it also can transfer energy from foil to...
06-19-08, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,405
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

My sister put the kids dresser in the closet and...

My sister put the kids dresser in the closet and a small stack of plastic pull out drawers next to it. Then installed a hanging rod across half of the closet above the dresser and shelves on the...
06-19-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

The radiant barrier goes on the roof rafters and...

The radiant barrier goes on the roof rafters and the loose insulation goes on the floor of the attic.
06-19-08, 12:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,414
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Well Matt, I would. I am a great fan of radiant...

Well Matt, I would. I am a great fan of radiant barriers. It is an inexpensive 1/4" thick closed cell foam with foil on both sides, comes in various lengths and rolls 4' wide. You can fasten it...
06-19-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Well this is what I would go with... First...

Well this is what I would go with...

First install a radiant barrier on the roof rafters. The radiant barrier will contain the heat/cold between the inside of the roof and the barrier. The...
06-19-08, 12:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Well this is what I would go with... First...

Well this is what I would go with...

First install a radiant barrier on the roof rafters. The radiant barrier will contain the heat/cold between the inside of the roof and the barrier. The...
06-19-08, 11:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

chrispoarch, Thanks for the extra information. ...

chrispoarch,
Thanks for the extra information. One more question please. Are there any gable vents in the attic? Are there any soffit or ridge vents? The gable vents would be on either end of the...
06-18-08, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,433
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Your existing problem is not enough ventilation. ...

Your existing problem is not enough ventilation. Do not close up your crawl space. You might call someone in to add more venilation and do check your ducts for leaks.
Thanks for listening.
06-18-08, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,293
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Do you happen to have a picture of the attic? I...

Do you happen to have a picture of the attic? I have done quite a few older homes and they do vary a bit. Let me know and I will be glad to share some great tips with you.
Thanks for listening.
06-18-08, 06:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,270
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Run away!

One obvious problem is that the framing and the foundation are not secured to each other. The other big one is that there is no moisture barrier on the outside of the foundation to keep water from...
05-16-08, 10:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 868
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Thumbs up I use a 1/4" foil radiant barrier. It's foil...

I use a 1/4" foil radiant barrier. It's foil with a closed cell foam center. It's great for carpet or wood floors. Just lay it down and off you go. I have the website if you want it... It cost...
05-16-08, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,024
Posted By DIYAnswerguy

Wink Best to try to level out the major humps and...

Best to try to level out the major humps and bumps out of the existing floor and then install 5/8" plywood over the top. Use glue and screws to install the plywood. Then you will be good to go. ...
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