We just moved into our new home in southern MA, a one-floor ranch built in 1947 with a dirt floor crawlspace. We get a lot of moisture, and I'm in the process of re-seating the sump pump and making sure the runoff from the gutters is sufficiently channelled away from the foundation.
I'm planning to insulate the sill and joists in the crawlspace as well as lay 6 mil plastic on the floor. I'd like to lay the plastic down first (since it's cheaper and quicker to install), and insulate over the next few weekends, but should I do it in reverse order, to save wear and tear on the plastic when I'm insulating? I just don't want to get in the situation where the insulating stretches out longer than I expected (I figure the sooner the better on controlling the moisture problem).
I'm new to a lot of the stuff discussed in these pages, having rented for years, so any help would be greatly appreciated!