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Insulating Basement Walls

Posted by Insulation Jack on January 28th, 2003 11:28 AM

Hello and here's my situation.
We live in an old farmhouse that was originally placed on a stone foundation 4 feet high. The previous owner raised the entire house an additional 2 feet onto a cinder block foundation. My question is this. How much cold air moves through these hollow cinder blocks? The entire 2 feet of cinder blocks are above grade with the stone below. What I was thinking of doing was 1) Strapping the 2 foot cinder block walls 2) glue inch and a half styrofoam to the cinderblocks 3)Vapour barrier over the foam 4)Attach some sort of sheathing ie. Plywood to the strapping.

Is this a worthwhile energy saving procedure or just a waste. The cinderblocks always feel cold and since they are exposed (and hollow) I just thought there might be a need to insulate them or prevent them from sucking heat out of my basement. Any tips, suggestions or otherwise would be greatly appreciated.

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