Asked on Feb 10, 2012
No Insulation On The Outside Walls?
While "trying" to salvage baseboard to re-use, I ended up damaging some drywall in the bottom corner where two outside walls meet. I wasn't too concerned because Drywall is not the hardest thing to repair. So I dug a little bit to remove the drywall to see if there was insulation behind it and was shocked to discover what appears to be thin foil on a thin paper backing with zero insulation anywhere. It's as if this was a vapor barrier applied directly behind the drywall with empty studs. To double check, I took off an outlet cover further down the outside wall and I could just feel cold air pouring in with no signs of pink stuff around the box. This side of the home is part of the original build from 1960-70. Can't believe they wouldn't put ANY insulation in the walls but if my outside walls are empty, it would explain why it's so damn drafty and cold on the original parts of the house.