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How can we better insulate our garage to keep the heat inside our house?

With all the cold weather we've been having, the bedroom above our single car garage has been positively chilly. The rest of the house is nice and toasty, but that one room is several degrees cooler than anywhere else in the house. How can we make it better? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 24, 2014 - 13 answers

 

This surface is hot, hot, hot.

This thread on the blue inspired me to purchase a toaster oven, and I have it now, and it is amazing. But I have a relatively small apartment kitchen. I would like to be able to store stuff on top of it, and the top gets molten hot, especially when I'm doing pizza at 450F. What can I put on top of it, as cheaply as possible, to provide heat insulation and a solid surface? It's approximately 18" x 24". [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Jan 24, 2014 - 22 answers

How would you frame / insulate these portholes.

I currently live on and am restoring an old dutch barge. I started with no idea what I'm doing and am slowly working my way up to lvl 1 boat restorer. The current job is insulating. I need to cover up all bare metal with insulation (I am using expanded phenolic foam board) but I also need to make sure I have sufficient wooden framing to attach walls to (it will be tongue and groove). The problem I am currently having is to the neatest way to insulate around some portholes and also insulate and neatly frame the triangular metal ribs. I'd like to leave the nice shiny brass visible but have everything else covered up neatly. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jan 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Glass Block or Insulated Replacement Window

So I have been working on my house and making it energy efficient. It is now time to replace the basement windows in my split level. One double wide window needs to be replaced with one that opens to meet code, but the other three single wide windows do not. Would I be better installing glass blocks in those three, not vented, or installing either a picture, slider, or another type of insulated vinyl replacement window? If I should do a replacement window, which type should I use? [more inside]
posted by Nackt on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Where to buy a deceptively warm coat?

I get cold easily. I'd like to buy a new men's winter coat that doesn't look like anything special but is secretly lined with magic warmth nodules. I don't want to be the guy bundled up in a Michelan man snowsuit when everybody around me is wearing hoodies and windbreakers. Help me fit in, fashionably speaking, while still feeling like I'm perpetually cozied up by a roaring fire. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Nov 25, 2013 - 32 answers

Tell me about your frugal, toasty ways, Metafilter

Can you share all the information, products, tips, etc., about weatherstripping and all other ways of keeping my house from leaking heat--and letting in cold air--when it's cold? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 23, 2013 - 37 answers

Looking for recommendations for light, heat-insulating floor tile

I'm looking for recommendations about how to insulate the floor of a sauna on a second-floor porch. [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jul 14, 2013 - 12 answers

What is the best way to insulate the floor of my cold flat?

We live in a first floor flat with an empty space (the entrance to the under-flat car park) below us. Although it's a modern flat with supposedly high insulation, the floor in the lounge seems very cold and draughty and the heating takes ages to warm the place up. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I tear out the walls and start over?

I live in a one-floor condo unit that was, to put it mildly, poorly built. I, and all my neighbors, have dealt with too many issues to count regarding insulation, wiring, and even window and door frames. I'm no longer satisfied fixing things one at a time... [more inside]
posted by trivia genius on Feb 1, 2013 - 24 answers

Why is my bathroom so cold?

Am I losing all my heat through a large glass block window? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Insulate my Quonset Hut, please.

What's the best way to insulate my Quonset hut? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Are turbine vents (aka whirlybirds) useful for attic ventilation?

Are turbine vents (aka whirlybirds) useful for attic ventilation? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Why not remove batt insulation from basement ceiling joist bays?

I live in a 1993-construction modified cape-style house, in New England. Three floors, ~1900 square feet. The rim joists in the (unfinished, unheated) basement have been air-sealed with Great Stuff expanding foam. Do I really want or need fiberglass batting in the basement ceiling joist bays? [more inside]
posted by ellF on Aug 13, 2012 - 4 answers

soundproofing a wall with a door in it

I share a wall with my roommate, which isn't as acoustically opaque as I would like (I'm occasionally woken up by late-night activities). What's the best/cheapest way to soundproof it? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Eigenvariable on Jul 28, 2012 - 26 answers

Drywall/Plasterboard and Insulation Installation help needed!

We live in a 160 year old stone house in Scotland that is really cold in winter. Please help me make it warmer? I've been told it's easy to take down the drywall/plasterboard, install insulation, and put more drywall/plasterboard up again. But is it? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jul 14, 2012 - 23 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls?

Experiences and techniques for dealing with noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

How to cool this HOT house???

Just replaced a 50-year-old tar/gravel roof with white shingles. This is in Florida. But now the house is hothothot, heat keeps rising, air-conditioner runs constantly but can't keep up! It's just after noon and 84 degrees in here! The roof is low-hip, the attic is a crawl space insulated to about R-30, there's a turbine on the roof and three passive vents. Still hot! Depressing after writing such a big check. Capable roofer says previous thick layer of tar/gravel probably insulated a lot. But now what's my next step? 1. Would a white latex coating be more cost-effective than a solar-powered vent? 2. Any other suggestions? Whew, and thanks!
posted by fivesavagepalms on Apr 28, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I block the skylights?

Low-tech DIY internal skylight covers. Help? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Baby it's cold outside, and in here too.

How to go about insulating an 100 year old house? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jan 5, 2012 - 12 answers

OK to insulate windows with regular plastic sheeting?

Will black plastic sheeting insulate my windows as well as the commercial shrink-wrap stuff? I've used window insulator kits like this and they work great. I was wondering if I could skimp. First, would any plastic do as well? I already use this stuff to block light while I sleep. If that's not as good, is there something special about shrinking the commercial kit plastic with a hair dryer, or is that just for looks? I'd rather not borrow one every year.
posted by Noumenon on Nov 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Should we go from suck to blow?

We just had an energy audit done for our 104 year old house and 3/4 of the heat loss was coming from the uninsulated walls. I was advised to get cellulose insulation. I've heard bad things about blowing insulation into old houses like mine, but the auditor said it would be densely packed and not be a problem. I've been reading up and haven't been able to find any definitive answers. Is it okay to have cellulose insulation blown in to my old house if it is densely packed?
posted by charred husk on Nov 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Insulating a small brick area.

How can I insulate under my front door? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 10, 2011 - 3 answers

colorbond sheets & insulation costs and who to use

hi, i live in south west victoria, Australia. i am about to put a color bond roof on my weather board house, has any one done this lately? I am at a loss, of who to start shopping with for the sheets, hardware needed and the insulation. Which is my other problem i have been told to use sisalation (not right spelling i know) but i have had good reports on foil board, what have others used? i do have fiber blow in insulaion, but some of its damaged due to rain getting in, would it be better to replace this with pink bats or more fiber fill or what? i hope some one can help thanks
posted by the finishing post on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Should we sand and prime holes in our walls or pay someone to do it?

Should we sand and prime patched-up holes in our walls or hire someone to do it? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Oct 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Echo...

Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Sep 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Removing blown in insulation easily?

Removing blown in insulation easily? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Sep 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Keeping Things Low and Dry

Once we get rid of all the mold, what's the best way to moisture-proof our crawlspace? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Sep 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Fast, cheap, good, and hypoallergenic. Oh, and noise-reducing. That too.

Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Aug 1, 2011 - 6 answers

soundoff

When apartment-hunting, how can you tell if a place has good inter-unit sound insulation? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 9, 2011 - 16 answers

My fiancee would murder me if I murdered the baby birds.

When can I fix this hole in my house without killing the baby birds? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Apr 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Techincal question re: soffits and attic ventilation

Technical question for architects / builders / roofers about attic ventilation in a southern zone. I'm renovating a house in south/central Texas (Brazos County), and I need some advice on how to properly ventilate my roof, as the original soffit/gable ventilation now seems quite messed up. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Apr 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Feel my pane.

Apartment rental. Subdivided house circa 1910. Help us tweak these original single-pane wood frame windows so as not to freeze. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Feb 22, 2011 - 13 answers

DIY garage project

[DIY-Filter] What is the best material to use for hanging partitions from a garage ceiling if the goal is to provide the most insulation/highest r-factor? [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky on Jan 11, 2011 - 8 answers

How to pick eco-friendly insulation?

Does anyone have comparison info between UltraTouch and T.A.P. (Thermal-acoustical-pest control) insulation? [more inside]
posted by abednega on Dec 29, 2010 - 1 answer

What did we do wrong in "double-glazing" our door?

The fake plastic double glazing we put over our kitchen door worked great for one day but then started to fall off. How can we do better when we replace it? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 5, 2010 - 4 answers

high performance gloves while maintaining dexterity

What's the cutting edge in gloves that allow for high levels of dexterity in extreme conditions (e.g. north pole). A colleague and I have been thinking up creative ways to allow high levels of dexterity while keeping the insulation factor high. Say you're a worker that has to work outdoors in extreme conditions for periods of up to an hour, yet you need to be able to work with hand tools, press buttons, etc. Is there an industry standard for this sort of thing? Anyone have any info on state of the art (or near future) technology in this area?
posted by spacediver on Nov 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Temporarily insulate a drafty exterior door?

My apartment's back exit has a windowed door (similar to this, although it's only a single door) and no storm door. It's drafty and I'd like to insulate it as much as I can, sans all but the most rudimentary carpentry skills. What's my best temporary solution? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Nov 10, 2010 - 10 answers

DIY Home Insulation Kits

Hi All, I need some help and recommendations on the best method to insulate one's house envelope + attic. I'm somewhat handy, but I don't want to get in over my head with skill-level or cost. I'm thinking of the DIY spray foam insulation, any recommendations? Please see detailed explanation. Thanks [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on Nov 8, 2010 - 6 answers

What's the best way to create a removable, reasonably air-tight seal in a large non-square space?

What's the best way to create a removable, reasonably air-tight seal in a large non-square space? [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra on Oct 20, 2010 - 9 answers

I guess Victorians had better blankets

Insulating my attic cathedral ceiling, but I'm trying to be (a little) cheap about it. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Sep 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I change our newer doors with older ones?

Should I replace my ugly (more energy efficient) doors with some older, more attractive ones? If so, how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Sep 26, 2010 - 4 answers

$7000 Attic Insulation: Stuffed with gold and fairies, or a good deal?

Related back to this question, we are finally pulling the trigger on a new furnace, hoping to get the work done before a state rebate program for such purchases expires. We have gotten several good bids, and are taking more, but the best one came from a guy who would also fix our insulation problem- for $7000. We're a little daunted. [more inside]
posted by pickypicky on Sep 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Semi-Flat Roof Insulation

My new home is surprisingly hot and energy-intensive in the summer months. It's clad inEIFS (the false stucco that is supposed to be a good insulator) but the problem is the roof. How can I insulate my mostly flat roof which appears to be too thin to allow "blow-in" insulation? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Sep 11, 2010 - 23 answers

[How] Can I safely repair the nick in this electric cord?

[How] Can I safely repair the nick in this electric cord? Is there anything I can use besides electrical tape? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Aug 11, 2010 - 18 answers

getting hot, let's keep it cool

My house is very poorly insulated, and the Texas summer is about to attack in full force. What's my course of action to fix this, and what can I do in the meantime to mitigate costs? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on May 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Insulating an antique attic

Help me save money and the planet by telling me about attic insulation? [more inside]
posted by tyllwin on May 13, 2010 - 7 answers

How much insulation should we buy?

At what point is adding more insulation R-value overkill? [more inside]
posted by pickypicky on Feb 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Invitation to my insulation installation aggravation.

I need advice on my chilly basement and where my money would be best spent. [more inside]
posted by thaworldhaswarpedme on Jan 12, 2010 - 3 answers

It's curtains for ya, Bugsy!

Looking for advice and documentation on different kinds of energy efficient curtains. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Jan 11, 2010 - 2 answers

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