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Old 08-27-2011, 10:02 AM   #16
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We finished removing the shower tile surround last night, as this weekend we are putting in the floors and new tub. We found Surprise # 2- No insulation in the exterior wall, behind the shower. The only spot in that wall that has insulation is a tiny section around the window. So we will insulate today, too!

We live in Buffalo - what would you use to insulate? And which sprayfoam is good for around the window?

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Old 08-27-2011, 10:13 AM   #17
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R-13 or r-15 fiberglass bats with a vapor barrier would work for this---

---Low expanding foam--the blue can----this stays soft and will not push the windows out of square.
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That is typical with older homes. The only walls that now have insulation, are the bath, and that was only because we had to redo it.
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Oh no, Greg! We were assuming that they didn't insulate the bathroom due to moisture issues - you think the whole house might be this way? What a nightmare. This certainly explains the Burger King heat lamps in the bathroom ceiling fan....musta really needed those in Winter!

Surprise # 3 - the builder (in 1955) cut the joist clean through to run the toilet vent. This explains the sagging floor between the toilet and bath (that and the water damage). Bill had to move a water line yesterday to shore up the floor joist. Wonder what surprises today will bring?

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A lot of older homes have no insulation in the walls, specifically those built around the time that ours was. As for your drain vent, there should have been a joist in front and behind of it, not just one, that is there, but not there.

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