[Homestead] basement hollow block - worth insulating?
VAN DELL JORDAN
vdjor at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 13 11:35:44 EST 2007
When looking at the outside do you see waterproofing?
I don't think that was routinely done in the 60s.
Insulation on the outside down below the frost line is
a good idea, I think Gene mentioned that.
Question related to insulation. Anybody tried
recycling Styrofoam to insulate a space like the
blocks? I've seen it done in a storage building but
don't know if there are known pros and cons. I
believe they do sell Styrofoam insulation but don't
know it is the same as packing peanuts etc. It would
take a while but enough Styrofoam around to do a lot
--- waayupnorth <waayupnorth at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Good ideas and suggestions. I was able to use a
> flashlight to look down into the cavities to see
> down to the footing - no insulation. And there's no
> insulation on the outside either. Maybe this was
> common practice in the mid-60's, when the house was
> built. So I'm looking locally for used bead board
> break up and fill the cavities, especially the lower
> half. And exterior insulation of probably the top
> four feet will definitely be part of the plan.
> Hopefully when insulated the concrete walls will do
> better job of storing and releasing heat from my
> basement wood stove.
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