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Old 12-18-2010, 05:57 AM   #1
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Lots of cold air coming from missing piece of sill


I have to replace some of my basement ceiling due to an aquarium leak on the first floor. I could feel some serious cold air coming through one of the joist runs. I ripped it out until I discovered that one section of the sill was removed in order to run some wiring. I can see the exterior brick. The house was built in about 1930's. My neighbour says his house is double brick, not sure about mine.

So I estimate it to be about 8 inches high and 20 inches across. I was thinking I would cut a piece of pink insulation board with cut out for the wires, use spray insulating foam sealant for the edges.and then place a fiberglass batt in as well.

Or should I try to fill part of it with wood?


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Depends where you live, if it was me I do do what you said just to get me through the Winter and in the Spring I would have plenty of time to open it back up and make the permanent repair.

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I was thinking I would cut a piece of pink insulation board with cut out for the wires, use spray insulating foam sealant for the edges.and then place a fiberglass batt in as well.
Not seeing the actual area, I'd say you have a good grip on how to seal it up.

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Thanks ColdIron

Eek! that was going to be my permanent repair. Have owned the house for 5 years. Husband has his TV chair above this area and complains about cold floor. The ceiling I ripped out was pretty old. I am looking for the best way to keep the cold air out.
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You don't mention any joists resting in this area, so the assumption is this sill plate runs parallel to the joists. Since the rim joist is still above this sill, I would personally set in a wood sill over a sill gasket and foam the gaps.
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