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January 19, 2014

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Cop Car

Re: Removing hard-to-install insulation - Sometimes we learn the hard way. There was an excellent article on the best investments of time and energy on insulating a house with unheated basement, in the web site (link that I sent you a week or so ago). They concluded, as you have from experience, that it took more time/money/effort than it was worth to insulate the floors of the living space. They also mentioned that if one did choose to insulate the floors, they should also wrap all furnace and hot-water ducts/piping and install a heavy jacket on the hot water heater (assuming it was in the unheated space).

The only saw with which I am proficient is a bow saw for trees. I butcher good wood and don't recall whatever became of the saber saw I had 30 years ago.

Tools are fun - as long as I don't have to use them!

Cop Car

A drive-in garage does have its virtues! You may not know that, when we moved into the house in KCMO, the car could be parked in the basement. My folks, since there was an unattached garage, too, converted the ramp to steps, closed in the foundation wall, and replaced the garage door with a personnel door - with the cellar doors above.

Cop Car

Are you keeping toasty?

bogie

No, my curse continues. I must be the only person in the whole world that can't get heat to rise even with registers and fans. I have apparently made a very expensive mistake. I can keep the downstairs nice and toasty, but the upstairs, at 20 degrees outside, struggles to stay at 60 in the living room and in the mid 50's in the bedroom. And today, with the temps in the single numbers, the propane heater ran to keep it at 60. I just about give up trying to do anything and expecting positive results because it just so rarely turns out the way I wish.

Cop Car

Good grief! A real bummer. I am so sorry to hear this. How discouraging! (Unfortunately, I sent you an email about 30 minutes ago - before reading your comment.)

bogie

To be fair about th einsulation - it was great before I had the stove. It kept the floors warmer than they would have been. But the insulation kept the heat from the stove from going Anywhere. Now the floors are warm, if not the rest of the place. I am trying different things and hoping to hit upon the right combo so I don't have to move the stove.

Cop Car

Good to hear that there is some benefit!

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