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Buy and read this book. Do everything they...

Buy and read this book. Do everything they outline in there.
Amazon.com: Insulate and Weatherize: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Build Like A Pro) (0094115585545): Bruce Harley: Books...
10-04-09, 12:43 PM
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You count the number of bags you put in each...

You count the number of bags you put in each cavity during the install. If you are using 4 to 5 bags for each then you probably have put in enough. No its not totally wasted if you dont achieve the...
10-02-09, 08:23 PM
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No. the chart you are looking at is talking about...

No. the chart you are looking at is talking about insulating attic open spaces and they tell how to compensate for settling; this is what you do not want or need here. Your garage ceiling joist...
10-01-09, 07:41 PM
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Yes you are off in the calculations. i havnt done...

Yes you are off in the calculations. i havnt done this in a while but i will try. First off you are forgetting about the depth of each cavity which is 10 inches or 0.833 ft. Also with walls or the...
04-03-09, 07:48 PM
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I might add: putting up r30 batts here is a waste...

I might add: putting up r30 batts here is a waste and ineffective especially if the batts arent covered like i mentioned and protected from cold air. Cold air circulating thru fiberglass batts will...
04-03-09, 07:39 PM
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Sounds like you are describing a side attic and...

Sounds like you are describing a side attic and want to insulate the kneewalls. First of all the batts must go vertical and not horizontal. For any insulation to work it must fully touch the surface...
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Google "airsealing" and weatherstripping doors...

Google "airsealing" and weatherstripping doors and windows. Doing both before adding more insulation and long before replacing windows will go a long way towards making your house more efficient and...
02-26-09, 07:20 AM
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Dont use fiberglass to seal the chimney chase....

Dont use fiberglass to seal the chimney chase. Fiberglass doesnt stop air at all. The air will be filtered and stop dirt but thats it--thats why you see black batts develop over holes. Seal it from...
02-25-09, 08:55 AM
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I would say its better to do what you can afford,...

I would say its better to do what you can afford, and that includes learning a little bit and see what you can do yourself. Like i said normally attics are easy to do for cellulose but it depends on...
02-24-09, 03:58 PM
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You need to get a few more estimates to get a...

You need to get a few more estimates to get a feel for what is right. I'd say at least three. Fwiw, my house is 2000 sqft and i received an estimate for $2200 for all the walls and $1000 for the...
02-06-09, 06:54 PM
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You would definately get the most bang for the...

You would definately get the most bang for the money by insulating first rather than changing the windows. Like Bud said shrink plastic should go on the windows for now. If there is no insulation in...
02-06-09, 06:32 PM
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Im not sure I understand your situation. Is the...

Im not sure I understand your situation. Is the warm air coming from below in the space between the chase and the chimney? Surely the chase doesn't extend all the way to the roof does it? Is no...
02-02-09, 09:17 PM
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Not only that but you totally but the fiberglass...

Not only that but you totally but the fiberglass in the wrong place. It sounds like a 2nd floor "side attic" that your friend is using for storage. In this case the slope/kneewall junction should be...
02-02-09, 02:12 PM
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I'm guessing just doing this results in a big no...

I'm guessing just doing this results in a big no effect, because any heat in there is going to be lost thru the block walls and not up in the floor where you have your insulation which will naturally...
01-29-09, 10:01 AM
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Cut and fit xps foamboard 2 inch thick into the...

Cut and fit xps foamboard 2 inch thick into the spaces. Then seal everything, the seams and all around it with sprayfoam you can buy in a can like Great Stuff.
01-21-09, 11:09 AM
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Make sure you pay special attention to the air...

Make sure you pay special attention to the air sealing part of doing this and not just roll the fiberglass in there thinking you're done. Fiberglass wont stop cold air at all. That link outlines what...
01-21-09, 10:54 AM
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It sounds like you have a kneewall there in the...

It sounds like you have a kneewall there in the room. Is the wall shorter than others and have a sloping part that extends to the ceiling of the room? what you first need to do is cut at least a...
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dense pack cellulose might be your better option....

dense pack cellulose might be your better option. Is there a way you can access the attic to block off the soffit?
01-04-09, 06:44 PM
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First of all what are you using your attic for?...

First of all what are you using your attic for? Storage? Normally the insulation goes on the floor of the attic not the rafters.
About the black stuff: i wanted to say mold but the wood under the...
01-02-09, 09:31 AM
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Ok now i get it. whatever you do DONT just stuff...

Ok now i get it. whatever you do DONT just stuff batts in there alone and expect to have it solve your problem, cause it wont. You need to fill the joist space completely and evenly preferably with...
01-02-09, 12:05 AM
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Batt insulation wont stop cold air at all. Im not...

Batt insulation wont stop cold air at all. Im not sure i understand your closet problem though. How is it you have access to the joist space underneath them? Normal closets? On the the 2nd floor or...
12-22-08, 10:00 PM
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Did you foam everything before putting in the...

Did you foam everything before putting in the fiberglass? Also do you actually heat your basement?
12-20-08, 06:57 PM
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Did you check the crawlspace around that area to...

Did you check the crawlspace around that area to see if alot of air is getting in there? Is the crawl insulated? Do you have vents in there that are open?
12-20-08, 06:54 PM
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Posted By d00bs

Go into the attic and put cut pieces of foamboard...

Go into the attic and put cut pieces of foamboard in the bigger holes around the can if necessary and the use a can of sprayfoam to seal it all airtight. The sprayfoaming part is key.
12-20-08, 05:42 PM
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Yes the blowers can be rented from the big box...

Yes the blowers can be rented from the big box stores like lowes and HD for free if you get at least 10 bags. Some complain about the quality of them but the one i had worked just fine.
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