Q: I have exposed 8-inch beams throughout the house and no attic. Is there some kind of attractive insulation I can put between the beams, not more than 4 inches thick, that will give me the maximum amount of insulation with the least thickness? A: We don't know of any insulation that you can just tack up between the beams and have it look like anything but what it is -- cobbled together. But with a few more steps, we do have a good solution to give you much-needed insulation and an attractive ceiling. Your description of 8-inch beams and no attic tells us that your house is probably one of the post-World War II homes built with beams for rafters, 2-by-6 tongue-and-groove Douglas fir for sheeting, and probably a built-up tar-and-gravel roof. The roof has probably been replaced w...
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