1890's home w/o Insulation


Old 09-07-05, 05:44 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
1890's home w/o Insulation

I live on Long Island, NY in a 1890's Victorian. continually under renovation/restoration..... NO INSULATION on outside walls......Only 3rd floor finished area, attic and roof are insulated. I have been looking into insulating, however I am not ready to rip out plaster and redo all my walls.

It has been suggested that I have "CELLULOSE" blown in. I have been reading up on this and spoke to several local people re this possble solution....

I am getting every possible suggestion as to the "VAPOR BARRIER" issue. Some actually tell me because it is an older house, not to worry (why not), while others tell me if I want to I can use the special paints that will do the job acting like a vapor barrier.

Any suggestions and recommendations short of redoing all my interior walls by replacing plaster w/ sheetrock and insulation....

Thanks. Fred
Sponsored Links
Old 09-07-05, 08:42 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 857
You may find this article interesting...

Old 09-07-05, 10:58 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Similar situation

I have a similar problem with my 200 year old farmhouse. I am giving serious consideration it icynene (icynene.com), no vapor barrier needed. They have a pour in formula for walls. I am going to use it to insulate my crawspace.
Old 09-08-05, 10:32 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Icynene is a good product, but doesn't give you much of a vapor barrier, being an open celled foam. I would look into closed cell polyurethane foams. The R-value is much higher than open celled foams and there are several companies that make it and you can even get it in kit form and do it yourself.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes