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Adding insulation to top-floor apartment?

We recently bought a top-floor apartment; a 1940's 10 story building in Philly. It seems to have no insulation above our ceiling (maybe 2 ft. of clearance) according to the Super. It is hot in the summer, cold in Winter. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Dec 28, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this substance on my pipes?

My wife and I have been removing jury-rigged insulation from our basement pipes placed there what looks like centuries ago by a previous owner. At the lowest level, on the pipe itself, we find a sporadic and uneven white substance. Can you help us identify it? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Spray Foam Insulation to Reduce Shared-Wall Noise

I own a small one-bedroom condo in a medium-sized building with no insulation. I can hear all of my neighbors (upstairs and next door) all the time. I don't want to tear down all of the drywall in my unit, and I've heard that open cell spray foam insulation can be used in finished drywall to help reduce noise. Does it? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I insulate my window air conditioner against the cold?

The sides are essentially open to the elements and I'm looking for a way to cover them up. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jan 15, 2016 - 12 answers

How best to seal an old milk door?

Hi, all. Mr. Verdandi and I have an adorable 1940s cape which came with a milk door that leads to the kitchen. We'd like to seal it up, mostly for heat-retention reasons. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Dec 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Insulating the exhaust from a microwave and stove: advice?

I have a microwave above my rangetop stove. Its exhaust runs through the back of the cabinet above the microwave. In the winter, this cabinet can get pretty cold since that exhaust is open to the outside of the house. I'm worried about wasting energy (ala, this cabinet is letting the hot air out of my house). What can I do? Should I bother? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Removable window cavity insulation

I just found an uninsulated boarded up window in my condo [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

What preparation (for the winter) is required for a gas boiler?

What regular maintenance / preparation for the winter is required for a gas fired boiler (forced air)? Is there a need to call a professional?
posted by r2d2 on Sep 22, 2015 - 3 answers

maximum attic temperature, Middle Tennessee?

Are there guidelines for appropriate attic temps by region? [more inside]
posted by egk on Aug 9, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I make my attic studio more comfortable over the summer?

I just moved into a new apartment and there's a huge open attic that's all mine. I'm in the process of turning it into studio space, but as a renter I can't make significant modifications. It's going to get very hot this summer and I'm worried it'll become unbearable. Has anyone used the rolls of radiant barrier foil? It sounds like a good solution, but dropping a bunch of cash on something that might be woo makes me nervous. [more inside]
posted by Lighthammer on May 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Seal (without insulating) sill plate?

I've got a crawlspace in a 1940 home that is reasonably warm and dry, but I want to seal against airflow and spiders. Is it crazy not to insulate as well? Everything I've found talks about sealing AND insulating. I feel like I can get the sealing done now, and might insulate at a later date. [more inside]
posted by powpow on Apr 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Spray foam insulation in existing construction--yea or nay?

As a way of remediating our ongoing ice dam/roof leak/no bathroom ceiling woes, we're looking at getting spray foam insulation in the roof. I know a lot of people love it, but my contractor (who is not my spray foam guy) hates it--and thinks its a good way to get your roof to rot. What's the straight dope? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Does the awesomeness of cats allow them to violate the laws of physics?

I’d like to get a better understanding (or, really, any understanding) of how cats are able to survive under extremes of temperature. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Feb 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Insulation .. but no drywall?

What are our options for ceiling insulation for a ceiling that we can't drywall and paint? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 on Nov 17, 2014 - 7 answers

House Help - unique situation, trying to keep pipes from freezing

Going internet on this one, need house help: Problem, cold temps coming, exposed pipes with water in 'em, want to avoid freezing/cracking. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Nov 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Quick and dirty insulation

My mom is in the Boston area, has an uninsulated exterior wall that is under a roof and needs to put something up. Can she just nail up the insulation or should this be handled differently. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 31, 2014 - 2 answers

Insulating a double bricked house

Is it a bad idea to fill the air gap in between double brick walls? Our 100 year old house is in need of some insulation so we had a couple of companies give us a quote. One company recommended spraying Air Krete (a kind of foam insulation) in the gap between our double brick walls. The other company said this was a horrible idea and could damage our house! They said to rip out the plaster & lathe and install interior insulation. [more inside]
posted by krunk on Oct 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Insulation Information?

Our house is a small Cape, with a crawlspace attic. We’re going to get a home energy audit in the next couple of weeks, and the insulation of the attic is of particular concern for us, as it really gets quite warm on our second floor. Can I get your insulation wisdom here? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Financial Assistance for Adding New Siding With Insulation.

I posted a question last year about safely scraping peeling lead paint from my house and repainting. Pros estimate $25-30K (yikes!). One reply suggested that "It may...be cheaper to just get rid of the old wood siding and just install some new one. If you do that, you might want to look into adding insulation; there could be programs that would provide some financial assistance." Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to find such a program? FWIW I'm in Westchester county in NY state.
posted by Quisp Lover on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Animals wear fur on the outside because they have to, why do humans?

Having an outer barrier to wind and a trapped air space inside is the best way to insulate. It's axiomatic for insulating buildings. Impermeable skin on the outside and fur on the inside seems more effecient than fur on the outside. It seems to me that you could wear a less effective insulator, turned inside out as it were, that would weigh less. Why don't people that use animal skins for insulation do this?
posted by vapidave on Jul 26, 2014 - 12 answers

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


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


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

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