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Old 02-28-2015, 04:28 PM   #1
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My house has a crawl space where the walls are not entirely supported by a wall of cinder blocks. The beams rest on pillars of stacked cinder blocks every few feet. The only covering of the crawl space is aluminum sheets like you would see in the skirting of a mobile home.

I am worried the pipes may freeze, so I would like to know the best way to insulate the aluminum sheets.

Thank you in advance to all who help.

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Knowing your location would help a lot. Adding it to your profile would get you more location-specific advice. What would work in Virginia might not in North Dakota.

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Knowing your location would help a lot. Adding it to your profile would get you more location-specific advice. What would work in Virginia might not in North Dakota.

northern Michigan. It gets cold....very cold!

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The distance between the pillars is an important piece of missing information.

Off the top of my heady 2" closed cell foam insulation would most likely require the least structure to install. Moisture would not affect it; most rodents don't destroy it.
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northern Michigan. It gets cold....very cold!
Ayuh,.... What's the history of pipes freezin' at this place,..??

Are ya convertin' a cottage to year-round use,..??

It might be cheaper, 'n easier to install heat tapes, 'n box the Plumbin' in the 2" closed cell foam,.....
Rather than conditionin' the entire crawl space,...
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I will be installing PEX eventually. There is broken CPVC there now. The house was a foreclosure and is in bad shape.
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Off the top of my heady 2" closed cell foam insulation would most likely require the least structure to install. Moisture would not affect it; most rodents don't destroy it.
Are those styrofoam panels? How do i adhere it to the sides of the house? There is some wood and bare aluminum.
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Off the top of my heady 2" closed cell foam insulation would most likely require the least structure to install. Moisture would not affect it; most rodents don't destroy it.
Okay, I just Googled it. Do I have to pay a company to spray this in the crawl? Is it DIY? How much does it run? This is a rental property, so I can't go too high.
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Is there a trailer park anywhere in your area.?
Most trailer parks have several people that level and insulate new trailers coming in for a decent price.? They will more then likely know what needs to be done.
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Is this a rental that your renting, or one you own and your renting?
Big differance.
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Okay, I just Googled it. Do I have to pay a company to spray this in the crawl? Is it DIY? How much does it run? This is a rental property, so I can't go too high.

Nope! you buy it at HD http://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Cor...-45W/100320352

Now I am assuming that you are the Landlord. Any money you spend that increases the creature comfort or decreases the utility bills of the tenants helps you reduce the largest expense a Landlord ever faces; turnovers and vacancies. Keeping the wind and cold from reaching the floors of the house does both.

I'm not some activist telling the way things should be. I am a Landlord of 35 years.

Without seeing pictures of the crawl the only thing I can say about installing the insulation is that 2" foam is fairly rigid and anything that holds it in place against the tin under-pining is probably fine. A nail or screw at the top and a small section of rebar driven into the ground with a wire strung between the 2 every 4' may do the job.

Trailer under-pining is installed with a track at the top and bottom. Screwed to the under carriage at the top and secured with 6 or 8" nails to the ground at the bottom. Then something like vinyl soffit ran between the two.
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Is this a rental that your renting, or one you own and your renting?
Big differance.

I am the landlord getting the house ready to rent to tenants. This is an investment property I own.

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