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Old 02-21-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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insulating rim joists in old house


house was built in the 30's

I have some pictures I would appreciate any help I am lost when it comes to this stuff, fed up with the cold basement....




the first picture is what i beleive to be the area.........the second picture is the bracing between the floor joists i think.........

i found a good how to article on floor joist insulating........

http://www.rd.com/57548/article57548.html

but judging from my picture i don't know where to start?

i can take more pictures if need be...thanks for any help

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Old 02-21-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Is it a basement or just a crawl space?

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it is a basement
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I only insulated the outer rim joist in my basement
I replaced the single pane windows & a badly fitting door
Basement Temp went from 45 to 55 with heat off (wood heat)
With the heat running the basement stays about 58-65

Make sure you don't have any air infiltration
That will cool the basement off pretty quickly
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I just insulated the rim joists in my 1976 split-level. It made a big difference. By reducing the stack effect, it made my top floor warmer.

I used 2-inch thick extruded polystyrene (Lowe's), cut it to approximate size, and used caulk and spray foam to seal around it. I'm really glad I did it.

With all sealing and insulating projects, you do it once and benefit from it forever.
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