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I have an old house build around 1850.Their is little to no insulation inside the plaster and lath outer walls. I wanted to know if I could frame all new outer walls infront of the exsisting walls, with out doing anything to the exsting wall. In the new wall I will be insulating and running all new electrictal. Is this common to do, will it cause a moisture problem?

 

                                              Thanks in advance

                                                  -doug  

It's done, and in terms of (post #206937, reply #2 of 6)

It's done, and in terms of moisture problems may be one of the best approaches.  You do need to be concerned that heavily-painted plaster is a vapor barrier, so the existing wall may need to be perforated somehow.  And of course the windows can be a problem.  (Note that I'm assuming you mean you'd build the new wall against the inner surface of the existing wall.)

Knowing where this house is located would be helpful.


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I can't say that I've seen it done......... (post #206937, reply #1 of 6)

How do you plan on building this wall outside your existing structure?

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By my read he ment inside his (post #206937, reply #3 of 6)

By my read he ment inside his exterior walls

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Thanks paul (post #206937, reply #4 of 6)

My reading comprehension was way off.

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I went back to read it again (post #206937, reply #5 of 6)

I went back to read it again and you might have been originally correct - too little info to go on.

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Of course, Doug is yet (post #206937, reply #6 of 6)

Of course, Doug is yet another one-post wonder.


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