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How to solve attic insulation and storage need?

You are only tackling the problem from one direction - the attic floor. You can insulate this to say 6" lifting the floor on extensions to the rafters. Then you can insulate the inside of the roof. This can be done with Super Foil insulation - a combination of foils and insulation 17 layers altogether. This is clean and easy to fit, and will also make the attic very light efficient too.
12/28/2023 7:26:04 AM • Insulation • Answered on Dec 28, 2023
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How do you remove single pane windows and replace with double pane insulated windows on a existing brick home?

Read manufacturer directions thoroughly. Measure smallest height and width dimensions of existing aluminum window frame for rough opening at several locations. Order retrofit window 1/2 inch smaller on each side. Remove old glass and center aluminum stave. Trim fin of new window as little as possible so it fits against outside face of confined edges of outside facing part of existing frame. Drill holes in frame as manufacturer instructions dictate. Test fit window and mark where outside trimmed fin ends on wall. Measure for shims at gaps between new and old inside frames. Install shims with Lock time PL caulking. Caulk existing window frame corners, holes from removing center stave, and a 1/2 inch bead within the area marked on exterior wall. Place window and push into caulk. Make sure there is full contact with caulk. Drill pilot holes at screw locations drilled earlier, Place silicone caulking on screw heads and screw window in place. Square up window while screwing. Trim inside of window and plug holes from screws. Good luck.
7/22/2023 7:25:53 AM • Insulation • Answered on Jul 22, 2023
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Why does watter pool on the floor of my vinotemp cooler?

If you've noticed water pooling on the floor of your Vinotemp cooler, you're not alone. This is a common issue that can be caused by a few different things. The most likely culprit is a blocked drain. If the drain is blocked, the water won't be able to escape the cooler and will instead pool on the floor. To fix this, you'll need to unblock the drain. Another possible cause is a faulty seal. If the seal isn't working properly, it can allow water to escape the cooler and pool on the floor. To fix this, you'll need to replace the seal. Finally, it's possible that the water is coming from the condenser. If the condenser is leaking, it can cause water to pool on the floor. To fix this, you'll need to replace the condenser. No matter what the cause, it's important to address the issue as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could end up with a flooded cooler and a lot of ruined wine!
4/15/2023 10:43:42 PM • VinoTemp... • Answered on Apr 15, 2023
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How does window insulation film work?

Solar control film (if that's what you are asking about) helps reduce heat transfer through windows. The film absorbs the UV elemnt of the sun's energy while reflecting the infra-red elements.
12/16/2022 12:41:04 PM • Insulation • Answered on Dec 16, 2022
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Which insulation is better spray foam or polyurethane spray foam insulation?

Depends what you are insulating and from what.
9/9/2022 6:09:01 AM • Insulation • Answered on Sep 09, 2022
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Remove product safely from gold jewellry

I would take the rings to a jeweler, to be cleaned in an ultasonic cleaner.
7/2/2022 10:40:39 AM • Fernco Inc... • Answered on Jul 02, 2022
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Door insulation

if it is the weather stripping you are talking about -it can be replaced go to your local lumber company with a piece
2/22/2022 8:23:22 PM • Insulation • Answered on Feb 22, 2022
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How do you install step flashing to a parapet wall

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12/23/2021 11:49:59 AM • Insulation • Answered on Dec 23, 2021
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What are the advantages of open-cell spray foam as opposed to closed-cell spray foam?

It really depends on the type of building, but in general, open-cell spray foam make more sense economically. Don't kow how relevant it is to you, but it also allows timber to breathe. It's great as a suond barrier because they block twice as much sound as closed-cell spray foam. Oh, and they are also unlikely to harm electric wiring or plumbing parts because of their usually low exothermic temperature. Hope I helped!
3/16/2021 5:31:31 AM • Insulation • Answered on Mar 16, 2021
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How do I know what type of insulation to use when building my home?

It seems to me that a reliable source would be this site from the Department of Energy. You just enter your zip code along with some other info and it provides recommendations for your building: http://web.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ZipHome.html
2/19/2021 11:34:22 AM • Insulation • Answered on Feb 19, 2021
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What to do for fungus on ashpalt shingles?

Try to scrape off as much as you can without damaging the shingles. If you have moss growing on your shingles, you have a debris (needles)/moisture/lack of sunlight. Diluted bleach with water in a spray canister is the cheapest way.
4/25/2019 12:30:29 PM • Flintkote... • Answered on Apr 25, 2019
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406 squaret feet of insulation = how many linear feet

wall or pipe? -If walls -wall studs set at 16" wide apart x 8' tall would be 10.64 sf(example) each so times width of wall x height of wall. --if a Pipe then--4" PIPE 12.57 Circumference(in) 12.57 sq.in5" PIPE 15.71 Circumference(in) 19.64 sq.in6" PIPE 18.85 Circumference(in) 28.27 sq.in8" PIPE 25.13 Circumference(in) 50.27 sq.in
10/2/2017 7:32:20 PM • Insulation • Answered on Oct 02, 2017
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My pipework is basically one big conduit for noise. how can i stop this? it is super annoying to be able to hear everything from one floor to the next when I am trying to sleep at night.

you need to install acoustic insulation. This will prevent you from hearing all the noise.
7/17/2015 2:36:54 PM • Insulation • Answered on Jul 17, 2015
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Where can I find out how much and what type of insulation I need for the home that I'm going to build?

Another good place to see what insulation you would need is a company called Radia Source. They will send you free samples so you can find the right one for your home. You can visit them at http://www.radiasource.com/ and request that free sample and see what reflective insulation you would need for your home.
3/17/2015 4:47:49 PM • Insulation • Answered on Mar 17, 2015
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Woodpeckers knocking holes in the side of my house

Most likely wood siding as there probably bugs (ants) behind the wood. Spray the areas of the holes with a very strong scent spray...product of your choice...the spray would be a 2:1 deal as it should solve 2 problems at once.
3/1/2015 12:15:16 PM • Insulation • Answered on Mar 01, 2015
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Frame has bent near door. Greenhouse is coming off its foundations

Greenhouse foundations were most likely placed over non-native soils/ground. If you can, you could undermine (remove) the soils/ground below the foundation (footings). Try removing ground below foundation at door going to a depth of 5-6 feet depending where you live (check frost depth in your area) - remove all organics/top soil- going a least 5-6 feet beyond both sides of door openings (try not to remove more than a couple of feet in width at a time to the required depth to avoid any collapsing of the footings. This will only work if the footings have been poured on site in a continuous strip (below exterior walls) or if a slab-on-grade pad was put in place - not for any kind of blocks etc. Try not to loosen the ground too much at the bottom of the excavation, fill void to underside of footings with or batch your own. Try to get concrete product with a high slump (600 mm) - non-vibration/self-placing mix so it finds it's way in the void and underside of the foundations. As for the bent frame. ...Now, it could also just be a lack of support over the door opening due to load. Check and see if there is a proper lintel (header) above the door support by doubled jack studs. This fix would be a whole lot cheaper. Good luck.
3/1/2015 12:03:18 PM • Insulation • Answered on Mar 01, 2015
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What are some easy and relatively inexpensive ways to insulate the doors and windows in my house?

Have you read this article about ways to improve door and window insulation in houses? I found a lot of great ideas here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/4929532/list/Easy-Green--9-Low-Cost-Ways-to-Insulate-Windows-and-Doors
2/25/2015 4:45:09 AM • Insulation • Answered on Feb 25, 2015
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Other than asbestos, what other types of building insulation are considered dangerous?

Urea-formaldehyde foam, which is know to release poisonous gas. Avoid at all costs.
2/24/2015 4:53:23 AM • Insulation • Answered on Feb 24, 2015
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Van has no heat

If its been run without sufficient coolant in it then its probably clogged the heater matrix. Start up and warm up, see if the hoses from the engine through the bulkhead are hot. Check the general hose temp at rad to see if its similar. If its low then maybe thermostat. If hoses are hot then clogged matrix is likely.
1/25/2015 5:52:52 PM • Chevrolet 2005... • Answered on Jan 25, 2015
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