This is an older house with a facelift for an upstairs bathroom. But wait!
New appliances, lights, floor, and ceramic wall tile!
Everything worked well and I thought the bathroom looked great. I really liked the shelf in the shower stall. But wait, isn't the shower wall on the exterior rear wall of the house?
Then how did they get the space to sink that shelf in there?
How can you tell if it's an exterior wall by just looking at it?
But Mighty Mo can!
The sun happened to be shining on the wall at the time this thermal image was taken.
Not a very hot day, and at the time the sun was at an oblique angle, but that it was hitting the wall is very apparent.
And the result is obvious. They not only robbed the insulation from the space where the shelf is, but they removed the insulation entirely, and apparently from the stud wall cavity above. What insulation was remaining below and beside is loose or haphazard.
On a hot summer day, this will be a little hot spot! And on a cold winter day, well, you get it. It looks like the wall itself might be hot and cold, but not as much as the shelf.
My recommendation: sometimes a thermal camera is the only way to define things in a way that is understood. And this particular thermal color palette defines the lack of insulation in that space wonderfully. The shelf was a good idea. But at the expense of insulation? Not sure about that...
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