Insulation Installation

How to Apply Vapor Barriers When Framing Basement Walls

Mike asks, “I have a partially underground basement and am building 2×4 walls inside the concrete basement walls. What kind of insulation should I use, and do I need a vapor barrier?”

Building codes require one or more vapor barriers on basement walls. Read on to find out more.

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Vermiculite insulation in an attic

Dangers of Asbestos Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation in Your Home

Vermiculite is a popular insulation material, but much of the vermiculite used in the U.S. before 1990 was contaminated with asbestos. Removal of vermiculite insulation can be costly and complicated; but in some cases, you may be able to leave the material in place with proper precautions. Read on to find out more.

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How Much Insulation Do You Need in Your Home

Insulation in your home is important to reduce heat loss and gain and save energy. How well a particular type of insulation works is determined by its R-value, which is a measure of the insulation’s resistance to the transfer of heat. Watch this video to find out more.

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insulation around attic stairs

How to Insulate Attic Stairs in Your Home

Folding attic stairs can be one of the biggest culprits for air infiltration of your home. To fix the problem install foam weather stripping around the perimeter of the attic stair opening or construct an insulating stair cover. Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Insulate the Floor of a Finished Attic

Nicole asks, “When finishing an attic, which way should I face the insulation, or should I use nothing at all?”

Since both the attic above and room below will be heated, you can use unfaced insulation without a vapor barrier or no insulation at all. Read on to find out more.

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How to Cut Fiberglass Insulation Fast

While fiberglass insulation is usually cut with a utility knife, one of our viewers came up with a novel idea which worked great and gets the job done in no time. Read on to find out more.

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danny replacing a bathroom showerhead

How to Install a Showerhead

Replacing your existing showerhead with a low-flow water saving model is both good for the environment and can save money on your utility bill. Watch this video to find out how to go about it.

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How to Make Floors Warmer Over a Crawl Space in Winter

Glen asks, “Can I install a plastic sheet over the existing insulation under the crawl space of my house without causing mold to the insulation?”

A better approach would be to limit the ventilation in your crawl space during the winter, and cover the ground with plastic to reduce the moisture level under your home.

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