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Old 02-04-2014, 01:46 PM  
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You do have to be carefull. Your house lasted a hundred years because it could breath. Once you tighten it up you need fans that suck warm air out and need fresh air in, then you change out the windows that will have to be replaced every so many years. Just spilling a bucket of water or having a small overflow can be a desaster instead of an inconvenence. the cost of fuel aside, if you think you are saving the planet, all these new products require fuel and raw products to build and deliver. Just the kind of mood I'm in I guess.

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Old 02-04-2014, 02:15 PM  
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The house I’m doing now is in the 100 plus year category and the kitchen ceiling that was in really bad shape it’s half below the second floor and half under a shed roof line. I had it leveled and furred down ready for drywall and it was suggested we seal it up in plastic right before we hung the drywall and I passed on doing it for the reason Neal mentioned above. Erie is not much different than Boston with regard to climate. Old houses need to breathe a little.
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i agree, my intent was not to seal it up tight but rather to save as much money on heating and AC costs along with doing what is right for the house. Thanks for the suggestions, I plan on mostly adding insulation to the crawl spaces and attic, after that im done.
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