Moderate Home Improvements

I spent the long weekend fixing some ductwork in my attic with a buddy of mine. We suspected that the uninsulated bathroom and rangehood exhaust ducts were the cause of some water leaks in my bathroom ceiling. It was hot, cramped, and uncomfortable, but we got ‘er done.

Coincidentally, as we had just finished laying the last bit of R12 and began shovelling the cellulose insulation over top, it started raining outside. Then it started raining inside. Yes, it looks like all the work we did was probably unnecessary since there appears to be some cracks in my roof. My house is about fifty years old, and the ceiling is made up of planks rather than sheets of oriented strand board, so it’s much easier for water to find ways in.

Anyway, it looks like I’ll have some tarring/reshingling to do in the near future. In the meantime, we just put down an extra layer of vapor barrier atop the insulation underneath the leak and put some excess fiberglass there to soak up the water. This should keep the real insulation from getting wet until I can get things properly fixed. We did spray some crap onto the ceiling where the leaks were coming from, but that is only a temporary solution.

Out of all this work, however, I did discover a new “favorite tape”: aluminum foil tape. Yes, aluminum foil tape now beats out duct tape as my favorite tape. Foil tape is the tape you’re really supposed to use for ducts (well, ducts that carry heated air, anyway). This stuff is awesome! After applying single layer of foil tape on two pieces of ducting it’s like they are welded together.

So, my favorite tapes list now looks like this:

  1. aluminum foil tape
  2. duct tape
  3. electrical tape

My most hated tapes list, in case you are curious, looks like this:

  1. vapor barrier tape
  2. vapor barrier tape
  3. vapor barrier tape

That stuff is nasty.

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