adding insulation to an old house


Old 09-29-02, 07:52 AM
Paul G. Stewart
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Question adding insulation to an old house

We are remodeling a house that was built in 1911-which had no insulation at all. We live in Florida and the house sits up off the ground. It is a frame house on concrete piers with shingles covering the upper portion of the(2 story) house.
I have seen programs saying that it was a bad policy to ad rolled insulation-or any type really to an old house because it could cause moisture build up in the walls and cause the wood to rot.
We moved the house to its' present location and have extensive work to do-since the plaster was torn up--etc.
The walls at this time are open and we have closed up the spaces which had been left between the floor(it didn't go all the way to the outside wall) and the wall----to seal the spaces up.
What I'm wondering is--if we use fiberglass insulation, should we place the paper side next to the wooden outside wall and then seal the inside side with a visquine vapor barrier before hanging sheetrock?
What is the correct procedure in this instance?
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Old 09-29-02, 08:46 AM
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The vapor barier should always go to the heated wall. It states that on the insulation. I did it in my 1940's home with no problems. I will re-side the home in the future and install tyvek barrier on the outside. Sounds like a cool house.
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