I am trying to figure out how best to insulate the walls and crawl space of my 1830s home. The attic was insulated with vermiculite.

Asked by Judy Anderson
Kinderhook, NY

I read your post from 2010. Any updates? I'm concerned about outgassing and vapor barriers. We have plaster and lath walls. I've been immobilized by a lack of clarity on all this...greatly appreciate your help.


Bill Bradbury

Answered by Bill Bradbury

Smithfield, UT

Envirocon Home Restoration

September 9, 2013

Dense pack cellulose into the walls, then blow dense pack cellulose on top of the vermiculite in the attic.

Use caulk and backer rod to seal under the bottom plate and then use batts of Roxul to insulate the walls of the crawl space.

No outgassing and no vapor barrier.


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