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Dinosaurus

05:32AM | 12/30/05
Member Since: 06/16/05
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Can anyone tell me how much it would cost to replace my walls in my bedroom. That would be insulation and drywall. Is this something I could do myself. I dont think there is any insulation in the walls so I wnted to replace them. Please let me know.

RadicalSheep

09:25AM | 01/04/06
Member Since: 04/29/05
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So is this all the walls? Is there any walls that are exterior? Any wiring that needs to be removed. This can turn into more work then you expect. If there was no insulation in them why do you need it now?. Base boards will need to be replace. Any windows involved? What about flooring? Also are any of these walls load bearing?

I am have no clue at your skill level. But you will need to know how to re-wire the room. So be farmilar with the codes in your area. Good luck if you do it. And do not forget permits.

Dinosaurus

03:53AM | 01/05/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
I am trying to eliminate moistue and humidity. I was told by putting insulation in the attic it would help with moisture control. Is this so?

RadicalSheep

07:58AM | 01/05/06
Member Since: 04/29/05
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Well if you have none in there you need to have a vapour barrier and insulation. I have no clue where you live check with code on R factor.

Check your other post as well.

Dinosaurus

10:32AM | 01/05/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
I live in PA. Now where do they put the vapor barriers/ All over the house, or the roof or who do I call to have the vapor barrier put in.

Would the insulation guy do that? Sorry I am basically unknowlegable about home construction.

Thank You

RadicalSheep

04:02PM | 01/06/06
Member Since: 04/29/05
17 lifetime posts
You can not trap air. So if you have vapour barrie on the outside of your basement walls you can not have it on the inside. If you do you are trapping air. But keep in mind you need to check with an inspector in your area to check with building codes. All exterior walls with have vapour barrier. And your top floor ceiling should have it as well.

Dinosaurus

09:32AM | 01/07/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
The house was built in 1960 . I realized that when it rains the house seems to cause alot of allergies. So does that mean it is my roof or my basement. I seem to think that my problems are stemming from the basement. THanks

Glenn Good

06:12PM | 01/10/06
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
There are several other items you may want to check first. These are the primary measures that should be used to prevent moisture problems in a basement:

1) Grade should slope away from the house for at least 6 feet on all sides to run water away form the foundation.

2) Gutters and downspouts should be installed and the discharge should be directed away from the foundation or into storm drains.

3) A foundation drain may be needed to move subsurface water away from the foundation and basement walls.

4) Waterproofing and drainage board on the exterior of the basement walls will help block moisture intrusion and channel water to the foundation drain.

Basement areas are the most likely to have frequent or continuous moisture and as such are the primary areas for mold and mildew growth, both of which can cause health issues and aggravate allergies.

A vapor barrier is not likely to be the problem when no insulation is in the walls. The main purpose for a vapor barrier is to keep warm moist air from the interior of the house from condensing inside the insulation in the wall when it meets with the cold temperatures coming through from outside. When insulating and installing a vapor barrier it is equally important that adequate ventilation be present in the attic or above the ceiling insulation.

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Dinosaurus

05:52AM | 01/11/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
Thank you for your response. I have visited your website and you seem very credable. I have another question about moisture.

The layout of my house is like a split level. the left of the house is the basement and above that is the kitchen. to the right of the home is the garage and above that is the bedrooms. There is just a horrible smell in the bedrooms and I do not know how to discribe the smell. I am going to install insulation but I do not know if that will solve the problem or not. It is just a damp smell. Thanks.

Dinosaurus

07:03AM | 01/11/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
I have removed all shrubs from around the house. I can increase the slope of the surrounding yard . The gutters and downspouts are okay. I am not sure what a foundation drain is. Waterproofing and drainage board. How can that be placed around the basement when the basement is under ground. I am concerned with the condensation in the walls. I am installing insulation in the attic and I also had a ridge vent put on the house. ALso the kitchen cabinets are built right into the exterior wall so I was going to put greenboard in the inside to keep out the cool air and dampness. The house was built in 1960. I sure wish you lived around here.

Glenn Good

12:52PM | 01/11/06
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
To install a foundation drain and waterproofing the earth will need to be excavated around the foundation first. This is by no means a cheap fix, but it is the best and most perminant fix.

If you need more detailed information you will need to contact me through the "Ask a Qustion" - "Expert Advice" section of this webiste. Start by clicking the Ask a Question link above and look for my name. Drawings, photos, and more detailed information can be sent there.

Glenn

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