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Old 01-03-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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We have just had our cottage raised and walk out basement constructed we are doing a lot of the work ourselves I have seen so many conflicting views on insulation... What is the definitive answer to insulating the exterior walls? Need a step by step structure is concrete block about 4 or so feet high then 2 by 6 framing This structure will have minimal heat during winter months (about 45*f) to prevent any heaving but not used much during winter . Thanks for any help!

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Ayuh,... Without a Fully insulated envolope it'll cost a fortune to maintain 45° in the winter...

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Ayuh,... Without a Fully insulated envolope it'll cost a fortune to maintain 45° in the winter...
Will be fully insulated the upstairs is completely finished and insulated the concrete floor is being poured tomorrow furnace installing on fri so what to get insulated asap
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Are you putting insulation under the floor?
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Are you putting insulation under the floor?
Umm not sure I guess we can look at it as now a two story building, basement being brand new wouldn't normally insulate between levels. After reading some archives it Is recommended that plumbing and electrical be done first we cant do that with this lower level until spring (new service being put in and hydro co won't do Till then) what would you do to provide at least some insulation to get thru till April ? Main objective is to keep interior above freezing till then Thanks! Nic
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Maybe joed meant under the slab rigid insulation board.... This will give an idea; http://www.energycodes.gov/support/slab_faq.stm

Use the search box at top of this page for basement insulation. If using f.g., get the HD; http://www.diychatroom.com/f98/how-b...ulation-90438/

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Thanks Gary. Ideally we were going to have the entire area spray foamed but can't do that till spring either if you knew you still had to do your plumbing And electrical what would you do as a stop gap to get thru one season..or we could just go thru buckets of propane for the yet to be installed furnace Nicole
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Ayuh,... You can't spray foam Under the slab...

It's a thermal break that if Not installed, will cost you Forever...
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Umm not sure I guess we can look at it as now a two story building, basement being brand new wouldn't normally insulate between levels. After reading some archives it Is recommended that plumbing and electrical be done first we cant do that with this lower level until spring (new service being put in and hydro co won't do Till then) what would you do to provide at least some insulation to get thru till April ? Main objective is to keep interior above freezing till then Thanks! Nic
I meant under the slab not between floors.
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Thanks Gary. Ideally we were going to have the entire area spray foamed but can't do that till spring either if you knew you still had to do your plumbing And electrical what would you do as a stop gap to get thru one season..or we could just go thru buckets of propane for the yet to be installed furnace Nicole
No plumbing = no heat required to me. My cottage gets all the plumbing drained every season and no heat through the winter. Why do you feel the need for heat?
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Was told by concrete contractor to keep above freezing this year Hmmmm
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Except for 4-5 days after the pour I have not heard that before, but if that's what he wants what can I say. I'm not a concrete contractor or expert.
Also if you insulate the inside the concrete will be on the cold side so what's the purpose?
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Except for 4-5 days after the pour I have not heard that before, but if that's what he wants what can I say. I'm not a concrete contractor or expert.
Also if you insulate the inside the concrete will be on the cold side so what's the purpose?
Good point joed. Owning a second property sometimes Is not worth the effort

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