DEAR TIM: I’m going to build a new home and want to make sure I seal all air leaks in my new house. The new home is close to where I live and I have the time and inclination to do some work on it myself. My current home leaks air around doors, windows, at […]
DEAR TIM: My head is spinning from all of the conflicting information I'm seeing online about crawl space encapsulation. Should it be done or should I just rely on the traditional vents I have in my foundation? I have a 1,100 square-foot crawl space and the slate floor above is ice cold because there's no […]
Margaret Hilpert, who's got the pithy writing style down pat, lives in North Carolina and wrote to me: "Vapor barrier over studs and insulation. Is that all we need before installing a shower kit and tongue and groove paneling?" Margaret, yes, that's all you need! But be SURE to do it right! CLICK HERE to […]
Quick Column Summary: Installing rigid foam on house House wrap on top of foam Link to house wrap information Shane lives in Burien, WA. He's wondering about putting rigid foam on his house. He's also not sure about house wrap. "Can I put rigid foam on the exterior of my house and does the house […]
Quick Column Summary: Musty room is an embarrassment Vapor barrier will help Control the water to dry out the space Run a dehumidifier Missy Merritt, who lives in Ocean View, NJ, has a problem in her pool house. " I have a pool house that was build without a foundation. You have to step down to […]
Quick Column Summary: Add wall insulation to balloon framing Based on where you live...no You need that opening to allow water vapor an escape Ruth Hendrickson, who lives in Lincoln, MA wrote to me with a very fascinating question: "My wood frame house built in 1927 has wood shingles outside and plaster over rock lath […]
Quick Column Summary: House Wrap vs Vapor Barrier Differences in products You may need both products Janice Rozier, who lives in Folkston, GA, sent me a fascinating email: "I'm having an addition built onto my existing brick home. The question I have is about the house wrap vs vapor barrier. The addition is framed wood […]
Tar paper has been time-tested as a weather barrier. Normally used on roofs, tar paper makes a great barrier for the exterior walls of your housing, building or shed. Tar paper keeps the wood beneath it dry.
Tim Carter shows how to use Dow closed cell foam insulation board to insulate the floor of an outdoor shed. Discover the additional benefits of the foam board in this video. Also watch for the ingenious tabs used to hold the insulation in place.