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How to Choose and Use Insulation | This Old House

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How to Choose and Use Insulation | This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the wide world of insulation. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Choose and Use Insulation:
- notebook [ pencil [ and calculator, used to calculate and record insulation costs and quantities

Tools for How to Choose and Use Insulation:
- tape measure [ for measuring room dimensions

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How to Choose the Right Insulation | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses the options for insulation with host Kevin O’Connor.
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Cost: Varies by Insulation Choice and Application

Skill Level: Moderate to Professional

Steps:
1. Fiberglass insulation is sold by wall thickness and that should be adhered to so the insulation doesn’t get compressed and lose effectiveness.
2. Open cell spray foam has the same R-factor as fiberglass, but it goes around any penetrations and acts as an air infiltration barrier.
3. Closed cell spray foam has a higher R-factor per inch, but it is more expensive.
4. When retrofitting, cellulose, made from recycled newspaper, can be dense packed into the stud bays. It’s treated with borate for insect and fire resistance.

Resources:
Tom showed Kevin 3 types of insulation: Spray foam, fiberglass and blown-in cellulose. Insulation specialists can be contracted to install spray foam and blown cellulose. Fiberglass insulation can be found at the home center.

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How to Choose and Use Foam Insulation | This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the wide world of spray-foam insulation [
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How to Choose Water Supply Piping | This Old House

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey takes a look at the wide variety of water-supply pipes.
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How to Maximize the Impact of Insulation | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gives some basic tips about insulating an attic
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Cost: $100 and Up

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools:
Insulation blower

Shopping List:
Unfaced fiberglass insulation OR
Cellulose insulation OR
Rigid foam insulation
_” plywood

Steps:
1. An easy way to improve the insulation in a home is by insulating the attic floor.
2. Fiberglass insulation can be unrolled and placed into floor joists. Be sure to install unfaced insulation. Faced insulation has a vapor barrier that can hold on to moisture and cause mold in the attic floor and the ceiling below.
3. It’s possible to rent an insulation blower and buy cellulose insulation to blow into the floor joists. In this case, blow the insulation so that it falls higher than the floor joists to allow for settlement.
4. If the attic floor is covered, add a layer of rigid foam and then add _” plywood on top of that.

Resources:
Tom demonstrated a variety of different insulation types that can be used in an attic.

The fiberglass insulation Tom showed is manufactured by Owens Corning ( . It comes in a variety of different R-values depending on where you are in the country and how much insulation you need, and it can come either faced or unfaced. Tom recommends getting unfaced insulation, but if it’s only available faced, the label can be peeled off and used.

Tom also discusses using cellulose insulation or using rigid foam insulation over floor boards to allow for storage and added insulation in an attic.

All of these can be found at a home center.

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How to Choose and Use Pliers | This Old House

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows off his favorite tools for gripping, twisting, cutting and pulling.
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How to Beef Up Attic Insulation | This Old House

Cost-effective way to save energy with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Tools for Beefing Up Attic Insulation:
- tape measure [
- insulation knife [
- leaf rake [ used to spread cellulose insulation
- dust mask [
- hammer [
- circular saw [

Shopping List for Beefing Up Attic Insulation:
- cellulose insulation [
- un-faced fiberglass insulation [
- 2x10s [ for framing a storage platform
- 7/16-inch-thick OSB
- 16d nails [ for nailing together 2x10s
- 6d nails [ for nailing down the OSB
2-inch-thick polystyrene [ used to cover subfloor

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How to Choose and Use a Paint Roller | This Old House

Painting contractor Mark O'Lalor shares his tips for paint rollers.
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How to Choose and Use Painter’s Tape | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique explains the uses and techniques for different types of painter’s tape.
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Skill Level: Beginner

Shopping List:
Painter’s Tape

Steps:
1. Only use painter’s tape if it’s really needed. If you plan to paint the whole room, it may not be necessary. Start with the ceiling and work your way down. With a careful hand, you can cleanly paint an entire room without risking peeling any of the paint off with tape.
2. Don’t use masking tape in place of painter’s tape. It has a high adhesion, which can peel off or chip some of the surface being protected.
3. Read the labels on the tape to determine which one will work best for your project based on the following guidelines:
a. Use very high adhesion tape for exterior projects
b. Use medium adhesion tape for interior projects that will require a longer period of time to complete.
c. Use light adhesion for interior projects with delicate surfaces (ex: wallpaper) or that will only need to be up for a day or two. Light adhesion tape is least likely to damage the surface underneath, so aim to use that kind as much as possible.
4. The different colors of painter’s tape only indicate which manufacturer they belong to and don’t necessarily have different purposes.
5. To apply the tape, use long sections of tape at a time, at least 18”. Press hard against the edge being protected to ensure no paint can slip underneath the tape, but don’t press all the tape down on the surface if you don’t have to.
6. When painting, paint just as carefully as you would if there were no tape at all. The tape is really just meant to act as extra insurance.
7. As soon as the paint is dry, remove the tape. Peel off one corner and pull the tape away from the wall at roughly a 45 degree angle to prevent damage to the surface.

Resources:

Mauro demonstrated a variety of different painter’s tapes. He suggests simply reading the label of the tape to see where each tape is best used. The color of the tape varies by manufacturer, not by application.

Each of the tapes Mauro demonstrated can be found at home centers and painting supply stores.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Mauro’s Painting ( ).

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How to Choose and Use a Circular Saw | This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to make clean, straight cuts.
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How to Install Fiberglass Insulation | This Old House

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shows how to fill gaps and make a space more cozy and energy efficient. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Install Fiberglass Insulation:
unfaced fiberglass insulation [ used for insulating between wall studs
paper-faced fiberglass insulation [ used for insulating between floor joists
low-expansion aerosol foam [ used to insulate around windows and doors
3-mil polyethylene [ used as a vapor barrier over unfaced insulation
1/4 inch staples [ used to attach polyethylene vapor barrier

Tools for How to Install Fiberglass Insulation:
utility knife [
hammer tacker [

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How to Choose and Use Wood Filler | This Old House

The best substances for plugging holes and filling cracks, with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.
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How to Choose Interior Molding | This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses some of the many options available for trimming out the interior of a room. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Choose Interior Molding:
- notebook and pencil, used to record molding sizes, styles and prices

Tools for How to Choose Interior Molding:
- tape measure, for measuring room dimensions and lengths of moldings

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How to Choose and Use Spray Paint | This Old House

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for applying a flawless spray paint finish. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Choose and Use Spray Paint:
- spray primer
- spray paint
- 80-grit sanding disks
- steel wool
- sandpaper
- liquid soap
- denatured alcohol
- painter's tape and newspaper

Tools for How to Choose and Use Spray Paint:
- wire brush
- random-orbit sander
- plastic bucket and sponge

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All About Copper Pipe | This Old House

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains the various parts commonly used in a home plumbing system.
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Insulating an Old House | Foam University

Can my old house be insulated? In this session of Foam University Eric discusses how he would go about re-insulating an older home, specifically with spray foam insulation.

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How to Choose a Masonry Trowel | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the purposes and uses for different types of trowels.

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Cost: $10 and up

Shopping list:
London trowel [
Philadelphia trowel [
Pointing trowel [
Gauging trowel [
Margin trowel [
Pool trowel [
Margin finishing trowel [
Duckbill trowel [
Magnesium float [

Steps:
1. Mark breaks down trowels into a few categories and explains their differences.
2. Brick-laying trowels are used for building walls and are designed to hold more mortar to speed up production. They generally fall under two categories:
a. London trowel: has a narrower heel and is used for laying brick.
b. Philadelphia trowel: has a wider heel and is used for concrete blocks.
3. Masonry trowels are used for specialty repair jobs on a wide variety of masonry structures and smaller jobs, typically inside a house.
a. Pointing trowel: used for small spaces, like replacing a singular brick.
b. Gauging trowel: used to get around pipes and other tight, round areas.
c. Margin trowel: comes in a variety of edges, but good for stuffing mortar into crevices.
4. Finishing trowels are used for smoothing out materials like cement, plaster, etc.
a. Pool trowel: used for smoothing the curved edges of a swimming pool.
b. Margin finishing trowel: same use as the masonry trowel, but larger. Good for pouring a concrete floor, etc.
c. Duckbill trowel: has a long, curved edge that will allow for smoothing out materials tucked in tight spaces.
d. Magnesium float: pulls water to the surface of the cement to allow for a smooth, glossy finish.

Resources:
Mark demonstrated a variety of masonry trowels, which were all manufactured by The Bon Tool Company (

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How to Choose a Thermostat or Home Automation System | This Old House

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey reveals how home automation delivers comfort, convenience and energy savings.
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