Help me heat my house
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So, I live in a New England cape-style house on a hill. It's somewhat shoddily constructed and poorly insulated, and so I've been trying to improve that. Ever since our furnace broke last winter we've been resorting mainly to space heaters. There's a pellet stove in the basement which we've also been running almost constantly, but it's only been able to add so much heat even with the basement door left open. I want to improve it so that it's actually contributing more to heat the house.
Insulation for the basement consisted of shitty, sagging fiberglass that was completely infested with mice and literally started dripping mouse shit during the summer, stuffed haphazardly into the ceiling and back wall. I've been in the process of tearing it down and replacing the wall insulation with R23 rock wool batts, as well as spraying some gap-filling foam, but leaving the ceiling bare.
Rock wool seemed like the best choice because it's more moisture and pest resistant than fiberglass, slightly better R-value, and I can install it without special equipment.
The attic is another story. Again it's minimally insulated with fiberglass batts. I've tried taping up the whole-house-fan vents and access door which are massively leaky, but I know it needs more which I haven't gotten to yet.
Anyway, I've started wondering if everything I've been doing to improve the one basement wall is actually helping. I feel like the uninsulated concrete is still absorbing most of the heat. Am I fighting an uphill battle unless I insulate the entire basement? At the same time I've also heard cape houses don't carry heat from floor to floor well, is that really an inherent problem with the design of the house, or can good insulation make up for it?
Comments, suggestions, advice? sorry for the TL;DR post
Career / advice thread
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I'm just going to greentext this and get it over with, I feel pretty fucked and frozen to be honest:
>Did Electrical/Radio Engineering Diploma
>Now at uni
>uni is slow as fuck. ~16 hours of the work week.
>I need a job.
>being 23, most "retail" and easy type of work would rather someone cheaper (young) / more experienced.
>really thinking of taking on an apprenticeship and doing some electrical/technician trade.
my mate says no but he's also dumb and gay "yr 2 smert 4 a trade"
personally I just want to get in there, I want to use my hands and brains. more importantly I need a job (preferablly related to my career) and I need something that will welcome noobs, as i have not much experience in anything other than IT.
would a trade be worth it at 23? should I just tell my mate to go get rekt? can I do it while taking some sort of part time/ night courses at uni?
pic related, me