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Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
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Hello all,  I am trying to decide on a smart plan of attack to insulate my home.  It is an old firehouse that was built in 1883.  Total square footage is about 5300.  There is a basement, and ground…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by James L Wolcott Oct 28, 2012.

 

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James L Wolcott replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"Try this article............................... lhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10445362-54.html"
Oct 28, 2012
cg replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"Thanks for the info,  Im concerned if I can risk causing any moisture problems by insulating.  I kind of doubt it since the roof is vented and Ill never get teh palce drum tight,  but Id hate to opt for the improper route, and cause…"
Oct 16, 2012
David Hunt replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"Don't know the condition of your roof, but if it's do for replacement, one option would be to add  insulation board under new roof membrane.  It's standard practice on any modern commercial bldg.. Not sure of cost, but an…"
Oct 16, 2012
Bill Hendrickson replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"My insulation contractor refused to do that with foam or blown-in. He said unless he could assure there were no voids, we would be wasting our money. He said these old walls will hang up the blown-in and cause jams and thus voids. Plus, we found…"
Oct 16, 2012
PStewart replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"    You might want to do a search of the pros and cons of spray foam insulation on the underside of roofs. To do that, however, you would need to completely expose the underside. I do know some contractors say that they can "blow…"
Oct 16, 2012
Bill Hendrickson replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"Is the entire ceiling accessable? If so as Lair said, blown in would probably be the best idea. But if you cannot access it then you will well be wasting your money. I am not sure, but blowing insulation may only have a range of 10' at best. So…"
Oct 11, 2012
cg replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"Ill look into it thank you.  thats good to know.  Im trying to figure out what is most efficient and easiest to install,  since I will have the back half of the buildings ceiling down and the rafters exposed already."
Oct 10, 2012
Lair Tienter replied to cg's discussion Insulation challenge/ solution for old building
"Have you considered blown in fiberglass?  I used it in my house and have been very pleased with the utility bills since I had it blown in.  It is very light weight and doesn't settle like the blown in cellulose.  I think it would…"
Oct 10, 2012
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Insulation challenge/ solution for old building

Hello all,  I am trying to decide on a smart plan of attack to insulate my home.  It is an old firehouse that was built in 1883.  Total square footage is about 5300.  There is a basement, and ground and upper floors.  the ceiling heights are 12 ft on both floors.  It is an all brick and masonary building and the interior wall finishes are all lathe and plaster.  The ceilings have the original tin on them. Heres the deal,  there is absolutely no insulation in the building at all.  Its drafty and…See More
Oct 10, 2012
cg replied to Craig Tinker's discussion Budgeting concerns for buying a project.
"Take whatever you realistically think it would cost, and multiply it by at least 3 times and youll prob be in the ballpark.  On the other hand,  screw it,  youll live in a church!  old projects like that dont come along everyday,…"
May 4, 2012
cg commented on Clare Alexander's group Repurposed Buildings
"I just bought and am living in an old firehouse just outside of NYC.  Built in 1883, used up until 2009.  Its 5300 sq ft, and was left as is.  It has 12 foot ceilings with original tin on both floors, original plaster walls, 2…"
Feb 12, 2012
cg replied to Jessica Lemmon's discussion Tung Oiling floors - need pointers
"Doesnt RMP co offer a citrus based solvent that you can use to thin the tung oil?  I have no firsthand exp with it,  but I assume that you went with the odorless mineral spirits for reasons of not having the place stink.  perhaps…"
Feb 5, 2012

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