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Old 09-23-2010, 12:59 PM   #1
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Insulating Exterior Walls: House Built 1956


Hi everyone,

Its getting to be that time of year again. Purchased the house last fall and we had a pretty cold winter in WI. The problem I have is that the exterior walls are very cold to the touch. From what I can tell the only thing for insulation is 5/8" of the dense brown fiber type sheathing.

What can I do short of drilling holes on the outside or inside to make them warmer? Should I focus trying to get everything as warm as possible first? I just installed new windows and doors, so that is covered.

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Old 09-23-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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I've been slowly working on updating the insulation in my 50's house
I added a small insulated 3 season porch on the front
Gutted 2 closets on exterior walls & added insulation
Added a sunroom off the back
Also added a 1/2 wall along the front w/R22
Just gutted my sons bedroom & installed R13
I have one wall left in the Master bedroom, 2' wall in a closet
Then a small section in the middle bedroom

You will either need to drill holes & do blown in (not my preference)
Add rigid on the outside if you will be residing
Or open the walls & add insulation

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What exactly do you mean by a half wall?
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1/2 wall along the front that wrapped around to the side
Front has R22, side full wall has R32
Also on the left side of the pic I opened up the wall & installed R13

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After, still need to reside the top & finish a few areas

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I think that was a really good idea and looks good on top of it. Nice job!
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