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I am about to put on a new roof, and I am putting in a subfloor in the attic to use it for storage ( for now). I would like to insulate the attic, but am unsure of the "best" way to do
so. One alternative is to "seal" the attic off using spray foam insulation, and the other alternative I am considering is to use a radiant barrier or reflective insulation. the radiant barrier (with a ridge vent) will be significantly cheaper, easier to install, and a lot less messy, but will it be as effective as using the spray foam insulation? Also, if I do seal off the attic with the spray foam, do I have to worry about problems with condensation from regular house air in a cold winter? Also, some time in the future I may want to finish all or part of the attic, and I would like for the insulation to be adequate so that I can reasonably heat and cool the space. I live in North Carolina, wher the summers are hot and humid and the winters do have occasional bursts of fairly cold weather. Any advice would be much appreciated.
I live in a pretty old apartment with an air conditioner that's probably been here since the 70's. I'm not sure what kind of maintenance it has received, if any. Is it necessary to do regular maintenance like changing coolant or something?
For starters, I'm not very good at home repairs, and finding this website is a Godsend to me. Things look simple to do, but for some reason, they don't wind up simple when I start doing
them. So, any advice or assistance will be greatly appreciated.
I live in an older home, built in 1968, and the bathroom vent over the shower does not work. I've lived in the home for about 9 years now, and I don't think it's ever worked, but now realizing the importance of replacing it, due to some paint on the ceiling beginning to crack, and a couple of mold spots here and there. I took the vent cover off, and can tell that the fan is one of those squirrel cage type fans, or the shape of a snail shell. The metal box that the fan sits in is pretty much rusted through and through. Replacing the fan seems relatively simple, but a couple of questions I have are here:
(1) The size of the existing box, and hole in the ceiling is 9.5 x 10.5. It seems that I am going to be looking for a fan that meets these specs? I see fans that are smaller in size, but that would leave an opening around the fan. How is a situation like this resolved?
(2) You can see in the picture where the existing vent in the rustied out box is located. When I look at fans online, the location of the vent hole on the fan seems to be in a different location, such as the other side of the fan. Am I looking for a fan with the vent in the very same location?
(3) The proper removal of old and installation of new is to remove the rusty box currently in the ceiling, replacing it with a new fan that meets the same dimensions and specs as the old box, correct?
This fan is/was controlled by a timer switch on the wall. I am wanting to replace it with a standard on/off rocker switch.
All in all, from what I am describing, do I sound like I'm on the right track for replacing this fan? There are so many things around my house I want/need to fix/upgrade, and just having the confidence and know-how can get me up and running.
house temperature reads. Examples: Thermostat gets turned to 68 and 5 hours later, it says it is 63 in here. I can feel heat coming out of some vents, but not others, or else it felels
like cooler air coming out. I just had a new circuit board put in three years ago, nothing is obsturcting the vents and I did check to make sure they were all open. Any suggestions? I am tired of freezing in the smaller of two bathrooms, and a couple of other rooms. HELP!!!
Looks like the majority of the nails holding my duct work to the joists are popping out causing a slight sag in the duct work. should I simply hammer the nails back into place or replace them with screws? Looking down the line, it appears most are at least a quarter inch out of the joists.
Since we have no access to free/cheap firewood we are considering a pellet stove for use in our unfinished basement. Any suggestions for a reputable brand or company to buy from or what features may make it easier for us to use?