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Ask The Builder · 68: Crawlspace Wall Insulation Animated GIF by Marty Hovey Copyright 1995 Marty Hovey Crawlspace Wall Insulation Podcast: Tim Carter received a great crawlspace wall insulation email from Craig who lives in Ohio. He sent amazing photos you can see below. Craig wrote: "Hi Tim, My crawlspace is about 660 square feet. […]

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Insulate Basement Ductwork Podcast: Tim Carter received the following email from Mike not too long ago: "Tim - I have an unheated basement. The ducts for heating/AC run through the basement. Do you suggest insulating the ducts in the basement to conserve more of the heat before it moves to the rest of the house?" […]

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 Adding Attic Insulation Podcast: Tim Carter helps Christine decide what attic insulation is best and ventilation tips while on the phone. The first thing Tim talks about is what insulation retains its insulating properties if it gets wet and then dries out. Tim also discusses turbine vents and how hot roof surfaces get. Look […]

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Foam Insulation Above Windows QUESTION #1: Tim, I need your expert opinion. I’m building a new home with 2x6 exterior walls. Beams have to be installed over the top of all windows and doors. What’s a great way to insulate these as the solid wood creating the beam doesn’t have a very high R-value. What […]

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How to Cool My Home - Use Time-Tested Methods You may be one of the tens of millions of people that have been suffering in the blistering heatwave that had a vicious grip on the Eastern USA during July. I happen to live in central New Hampshire and it was a withering 91 F with […]

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"The same exact thing can happen inside a wall cavity in a home in a frigid climate if you don't block and stop the water vapor from getting into the wall cavity." Insulation Installation - Simple If You Read Instructions The inspiration for this column happened just two days ago while I was working on […]

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Ask the Builder Podcast 14 Highlights: Foundation hole too deep Water leaking into the crawlspace Best garage insulation Tim shares a story about the sun destroying your things Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach Home Improvement and Home Construction Podcast Photos, Links and Great Stuff: CALL 1 Foundation Hole Too Deep Related […]

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Heat Loss Photos - I've Got Plenty Heat loss, and heat gain in the summer, are both responsible for costing you money. It's important to realize that you can't stop heat loss, but you can slow it down. In the photo above the purple areas on the sloped ceiling are caused by air flowing through […]

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You wake up on a frigid morning or come home from work and your house is cold, yet the heater or furnace is on. You might mumble out loud as you shiver, "Why is house cold with heating on?" Why Is House Cold? Furnaces Can Only Do So Much Here's why your house is cold […]

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Window Flashing Tape Installation DEAR TIM: I've been a subscriber of your free newsletter for years and am finally building a new home. I decided to follow your advice and stop by the job site as often as possible and take photos. The contractor just installed my windows and has started to install the vinyl […]

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