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Old 05-13-2014, 12:36 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a 1906 colonial in Milwaukee, WI.

While trimming the bushes I notice insulation hanging from the bay window (below the protruding window where there is maybe 3 feet of clearance before the dirt/ ground.

It looks like that insulation used to be held in place by a thin piece of sheet plywood.

Should I replace the plywood and screw/ nail the opening closed or should I first rip out the old insulation (in case it got wet or in case there are birds in there), and then seal up the opening?

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Insulation doesn't cost too much. If it was me I'd pull it out, check the wall cavity for insect/animal damage, then replace it and seal everything properly.

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Typically there is a reason that this happens such as moisture damage, etc, so I'd do some further investigation on that prior to reattaching.
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Photo 2 is looking up from the ground into the bay window where there is only flimsy wood paneling between the Wisconsin elements and the insulation. Actually, as you can see, a section of the wood paneling had fallen off and now there is nothing between the insulation and the weather/ elements...
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Photos 3 is the wood paneling that runs the length of the bay window "bottom" where one section has broken off and the insulation is coming through that missing section. The remaining paneling is bowed.
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That thin veneer paneling is for interior applications only. Add some rigid foam board and sleepers, then plywood- all air-sealed as in fig. 7 to decouple it from the cold ground temps; http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...n-crawlspaces/

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