Bryan Pringle
  • Saco, ME
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share

Bryan Pringle's Groups

Bryan Pringle's Discussions

Dense packed cellulose in basement?
31 Replies

I am looking for advice on a project I would like to attempt in my own home. It is an 1840s cape with a granite block foundation, and basement is moderately damp. I am performing a full basement…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bryan Pringle May 5.

 

Bryan Pringle's Page

Latest Activity

Bryan Pringle replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Funny you mention his name. I have not run this exact plan by him, but I had the opportunity to speak with him about a year ago and we discussed some of the concepts then. I don't doubt that as a cellulose salesman he has a tendency to err on…"
May 5
norman farwell replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Bryan, you might try Bill Hulstrunk at National Fiber.   I bounced this scheme off of him some ago and he was encouraging. Use tu-tuff or something similar, keep the bulk moisture out and it'll be fine.  He said that cellulose handles…"
May 5
norman farwell replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Robert, The history of building materials in this country should make us all cautious about the toxicity of building materials. If you rewind the tape it's been one bad idea after another: lead paint, formaldehyde, asbestos, vermiculite, fiber…"
May 5
Bryan Pringle replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Vapor barrier is happening regardless, but I have a choice as to whether I use even more chemicals or not. Solving exterior drainage is not an option. I have already trenched in basement from pooling areas to sump pit that pumps to outside. No more…"
May 1
Robert H replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Brian You say you dont want foam.  What is foam? Plastic!   What is the poly  you propose to install?  Plastic!   So you can have plastic or plastic,  which will it be? Cellulose is going to tract the humidity level…"
May 1
Bpb Farmer replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"1st, forget cellulose, it is trash, hold moisture packs down, molds eventually, and rodents think they have found the Hilton hotel for rats. Used closed cell foam. Insulates, stops moisture, sound proofs and so forth. "
Apr 30
norman farwell replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Ha, we're on the same wavelength.  That's the big question--I'm still thinking about whether to jack or not. House slopes front to back about 2", so I'd like to address that. It's post and beam, so in theory I…"
Apr 23
Bryan Pringle replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Thanks Norm, we'll have a couple of case studies when all is said and done. Just curious, do you plan to jack the house and insert a capillary break under the sill? If no, how far up the wall are you going with EPDM?"
Apr 23
norman farwell replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Bryan,  I am trying the same thing for most of the same reasons and also against advice to the contrary.  We'll see how it goes.  I have a full basement with moisture problems--block on 3 sides, rubble on the fourth.  I…"
Apr 23
Bryan Pringle's discussion was featured

Dense packed cellulose in basement?

I am looking for advice on a project I would like to attempt in my own home. It is an 1840s cape with a granite block foundation, and basement is moderately damp. I am performing a full basement encapsulation, after which I will have a 3-4" slab poured. I would like to build a 2x4 stud wall around the perimeter and dense pack with cellulose.Questions:1. Should I extend my vapor barrier all the way to the sub floor of 1st floor, or will the drying capability of the outside air above grade keep…See More
Apr 21
Bryan Pringle replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Can you tell me more about how the plastic makes the moisture worse?   I understand that in the current situation ground moisture is drying to the inside of the house.  By installing the vapor barrier, that prevents this evaporation,…"
Apr 20
Bryan Pringle replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"I like cellulose because of its air leakage reduction property and the ease of making a quality installation on an uneven surface. Also, not itchy."
Apr 20
Bryan Pringle replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"This example is the reverse of my suggestion.  I would do high end vapor barrier against basement wall and then 2x4 stud wall inside of that, thus keeping the moisture on the rock/earth side and the biodegradable materials on the interior side."
Apr 20
Al Heath replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Really?  Go back and read these posts again.... "play ground for mold."  I once did a basement with open cell foam (still oil based but less toxic than closed cell) with a high-end moisture barrier behind.  Bottom line you…"
Apr 20
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"You can use whatever insulation material you want in the basement BUT you have to deal with all the moisture issues first or you have created a playground for mold, mildew, etc... As a reminder - plastic is not dealing with the moisture, just…"
Apr 20
Morgan M Audetat replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"What is wrong with glass or mineral? "
Apr 20

Profile Information

Company
Evergreen Home Performance
Professional Certification
Building Analyst Professional

Comment Wall (1 comment)

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

At 3:32pm on August 15, 2013, Diane Chojnowski said…

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to upload your profile photo. And add your location on our Member Map!


Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network.

Latest Activity

Eric Kjelshus replied to Rod Fox's discussion Does altitude affect AFUE? or just the input/output BTUs?
"The heat exchanger gets burnt out, if presser is to high or if mix is to rich, then I see holes in…"
8 hours ago
Hans Joachim Preiss replied to Rod Fox's discussion Does altitude affect AFUE? or just the input/output BTUs?
"Good discussion. I came across this comprehensive presentation by Gas Consultants on the effects at…"
9 hours ago
Dale Pickard replied to Rod Fox's discussion Does altitude affect AFUE? or just the input/output BTUs?
"Excellent reply Hans. I think that there isnt' a good general answer to this question but that…"
12 hours ago
Mary Desilva posted blog posts
13 hours ago
David Heslam joined David Eggleton's group
Thumbnail

1000 Home Challenge

Linda Wigington distinguished between deep retrofits & deep energy reductions, thus expanding…See More
14 hours ago
Jose Macho commented on Charlie Hewitt's blog post Revisiting Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I am aware of homeowner dissatisfaction of hybrid units not performing due to location,…"
15 hours ago
KC Brown added a discussion to the group Job Board
Thumbnail

Job Opening: SR. ENERGY ENGINEER - CLEAResult, Energy Efficiency Leader (Pennsylvania)

POSITION:  Sr. Energy EngineerREFERNCE CODE:  2015-2197 JOB DESCRIPTION:CLEAResult is a leading…See More
17 hours ago
KC Brown joined Diane Chojnowski's group
Thumbnail

Job Board

This group is for posting jobs related to all aspects of the home performance industry including…See More
17 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service