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Old 09-08-2008, 02:38 PM   #16
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thanks for the one I got and for the heads up on the ventilation and such. I have a question

is that just the ceiling? We don't have to do that for the walls too do we?

So as an update, we are taking all the stuff down from the ceiling, hopefully we can reuse most of it. We have over 30 sheets left anyway (over measured). We will put that air pocket in there with vents on the front and back to take care of the condensation issue.

Thanks so much for that bit of info, it was so very helpful and although it means we re-do the entire ceiling.....we would rather do that than replace that roof ina few years.

My goodness you can tell such a big difference in the home with the insulation in the walls and ceiling though! It has changed the temp in the home drastically! It feels more like a HOME every day. It is hard living in the home and finishing it as well, but by doing that we are able to put rent money towards the home and it really helps.

Thanks for all the input and advice everyone.

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Old 09-08-2008, 08:53 PM   #17
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Forest, you will be OK with your walls and the insulation as there is no ventilation needed in your walls. If you can leave an air space above the insulation in your ceiling, and with the vents, you will be OK. You will lose more heat through your ceiling than you will through the walls in the winter. I will make a drawing and send it to you hopefully tomorrow as to how I would do your ceiling, if you would like.

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Old 09-08-2008, 09:33 PM   #18
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I would adhere the styrofoam to the walls and seal seams and cracks with caulk and foam. Caulk cracks up to 1/4" and foam voids up to 1.5"

I would probably see if there was anything else in addition that could be added to the exterior walls. Assuming you have 2x4 walls? 1/2" drywall is probably all you will need to control expenses.

Is the floor well insulated? Crawl space storage below the house? Could be a use for the extra styrofoam you have??

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Old 09-08-2008, 10:07 PM   #19
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From the EERE

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High-density fiberglass batts for a 2 4 inch (51 102 millimeter [mm]) stud-framed wall has an R-15 value, compared to R-11 for "low density" types. A medium-density batt offers R-13 for the same space.

The thermal resistance or R-value of polystyrene foam board depends on its density. They typically range from R-3.8 to R-5.0 per inch.

Interior applications: must be covered with 1/2-inch gypsum board or other building-code approved material for fire safety.

Exterior applications: must be covered with weatherproof facing.

High insulating value for relatively little thickness.

Can block thermal short circuits when installed continuously over frames or joists.
Once again, if you seal this and reduce the drafts, you'll do very well in insulating your home. See the link given above concerning possible moisture problems, insect issues, and Fire protection.

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