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I bought and read The Owner-Builder Book a year ago and I'm still referring back to sections of it periodically as I work on the related steps myself. I also bought and read The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home, and I still refer to this book as well.
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Posted by Teresa in Rogers, TX on 10/9/2008

We used 1/2" foam board as the backing around the room upstairs and the walls surrounding the stairwell.  This provided a wall to attach the R-15 insulation batting to as well as some added insulation.

Johnson Insulation out of Belton came out and did the first round of insulation in two stages.  First, they went around and used a poly seal to foam around all wiring holes and plumbing that cut through the ceiling and exterior walls as well as at the base boards around the perimeter.  Next, they filled all the exterior walls with R-19 fiberglass batting and R-15 on the designated interior walls as a sound barrier.

The second round will include blowing the foam into the attic which we will do after the sheetrock has been prepared for painting.

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Foam board around upstairs room.
Foam board around upstairs room.
Foam board around upstairs room.
Foam board around upstairs room.
Foam board around upstairs room.
Foam board around upstairs room.
Foam board around upstairs room.
Poly seal around plumbing and wiring.
Poly seal around perimeter base.
Poly seal around electrical, security and audio wiring.
Poly seal around plumbing in utility room.
Every so many feet, there is a piece of that cardboard at the perimeter of the attic space.
Poly seal around plumbing in bath 2.
Poly seal around gas intake pipe.
R-19 batting around entry.
R-15 batting around upstairs room.
R-15 batting between interior walls.
R-19 batting below cat walk and furnace platforms in attic.



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