Moisture concerns with adding framing to old brick house
I'm concerned about potential future moisture problems.
I bought an 80-90 year old double brick house in Pittsburgh. I began removing the horsehair plaster and lathes in some sections due to water damage, then continued around the house after I found knob & tube wiring and decided to gut it.
I'm going to add framing to the exterior walls (which will also allow me to insulate well). Assuming any cracks in the brick/mortar have been repaired:
1. Can my studs touch the brick wall, or should I leave a space to prevent wicking water?
2. Do I need to add a plastic vapor barrier between the wood and the brick?
Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide!
There are a lot of houses with solid bricks walls in the UK, and many of them have been insulated by fixing studs, either metal or timber to the walls. A vapour check is used on the warm side of the insulation.
However insulated plasterboard(sheetrock) with a built in vapour check is often used instead and can be put up using the dot and dab method.
These sites may help. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/...all-insulation
Thanks for the advice. After addressing the cause of the moisture infiltration (a space large enough to see the ground outside) I felt much more secure about proceeding with typical studding/insulation. Thanks again!