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Speaking of cold...
I wonder how much of an impact on my heating the hole in my living room wall has had. I went looking the other day for the cable tap that I remembered had been in the living room or dining room, since I knew the cable installers who put in my last round of cable had disconnected it, but I figured it was still there.

Nope. To the right of the breakfront, behind the recliner, I found a hole in the baseboard. Not just barely big enough to slip some RG-6 through, but practically big enough to shove a wine cork into. The hole wasn't to the outside, but into the garage -- which is almost as bad. There was definitely a cold draft coming through it. Can't help but wonder if that single hole has cost me hundreds of dollars. It might also have been a good rodent entry vector.

The cable guys came yesterday morning, and used the hole to run new cable in. I've stuffed a napkin in to fill the rest of the space for now, but I'm thinking I'll want to add something a little more solid and stable to patch it more thoroughly. Caulk?

The garage gets below freezing when it's really cold out, so this has also made me wonder if I should be doing more to insulate the wall between the garage and the living room and basement. Maybe a big horse blanket hanging on the wall. :-)
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corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: December 9th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably want to use some kind of expanding foam to fill the hole:

http://greatstuff.dow.com/how-to-video/?youtubeid=6_XNbChdfH8
chesther From: chesther Date: December 9th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Go with the Greatstuff. It rocks.
rustmon From: rustmon Date: December 10th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Caulk and foam as well as the insulator on the other side just to be sure. Rats/mice don't like the foam.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: December 10th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
As for the wall - you *could* use a horse blanket, but I don't think the " R " factor is rated all that highly ... ;-)

Since I don't know what the garage side of the common wall looks like ( just bare studs, or a finished wall ? ) you have a bunch of options - everything from just styrofoam sheeting to fiberglass batt insulation, to having insulation pumped in behind an already finished wall.

In any case, insulation is your friend ! The more the merrier, I say ! ( Keeps your house cooler in summer, too, reducing AC bills. )



retrev From: retrev Date: December 10th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Mashed potatoes...work like a charm!
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