adding wall insulation

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Old 05-20-03, 01:37 PM
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adding wall insulation

We are in the middle of renovating our 1895 house. The plaster on the walls is in really good shape and I don't want to lose it if possible. Is there any gain in gutting the 2x4 walls to add fiberglas insulation? The exterior of the house is covered by full 1 x 10 planks which are caulked with something black and still sticky, plus a layer of wood clapboards and about 10 layers of paint, plus metal siding. I was recently told by a contractor that there would be little gain in adding insulation as the outside of the house was already sealed. I don't mind the extra labour in tearing out the plaster, but only if I can substantially gain in insulation. Opinions would be a great help.

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Old 05-20-03, 06:48 PM
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I'd vote for adding the insulation, especially in a northern climate. Check out the Dept of Energy's website on home insulation for more info. Here's a link to their site.
http://www.ornl.gov/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_15.html

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