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Posted by Tim in North Pole, AK on 4/1/2012

After a long cold winter to take a break from building and spending money on construction we're back at it again. We learned a hard lesson in the importance of vapor barrier tightness. The warm moist air from our inhabited space leaked past areas we didn't seal good enough or didn't have drywall pushing against it creating a tight seal. So all winter long the moisture condensed above us in the joist bays, forming ice, and melted this spring. We had to remove a bunch of the insulation to dry out the bays before mold takes over. The wife focused on that and installing fiberglass in all the upstairs walls.

I've been in between jobs for past two weeks until this Monday so I've been able to put full days in as well. I installed the vapor barrier, and carefully this time, sealed it up. Once the vapor barrier was up, I put up horizontal furring strips every two feet providing space to run electrical and add another 1 1/2" of foam before drywall. For the furring that goes along the top and bottom plates, I used thinner strips of wood and put 3/4" of foam behind them to provide a thermal break. Then I installed receptacle circuits in the bonus room, bed#4, bath#3, and the master bedroom. I also put  up a temp guardrail on the catwalk, and hung some can lights in the upstairs walkway/hallways. Next up is running PEX for bath#3, sconce light, AV, and network wiring in the bonus room.

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Bed#4 furred out and wired.
Bonus room furred out and wired.
One of the walls the wife insulated.
Closer pic of the furring strips with foam behind them when laid over an area where they had continuous contact with wood (top/bottom plates, window frames).


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