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    Default isulating walls with no studs

    I've searched for endless hours trying to find the answer to my unique situation. I have a house that was built in the early 30's. There are no studs in the walls. I get lots of raised eyebrows when I say that to people. I'm not a carpenter so I don't know what the name is of this type of wall structure would be ( as in balloon etc ). The walls are horizontal slats. As a matter of fact, under the house, many of the floor joists look like Abe Lincoln carved them with an ax. Not the typical house. But its sturdy and in great shape. I've insulated the attic well and added new windows.
    I'm wanting to insulate my walls from the inside. I've done lots of research on Foam board, vapor barriers, moisture getting trapped etc. Most of what I find is insulating basement walls. I don't want to hire someone to spray foam. I'd like to do it myself with rigid foam board or something by fur stripping or studding out the walls. On the outside there is vinyl siding. On the inside there is paneling. Can I stud right over the paneling? I also don't want to use sheetrock if possible. Hope someone can help me. Thank you.

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    Default Re: isulating walls with no studs

    How thick is this wall made up of so-called "horizontal slats"?
    There's the grain bin construction style that used flat stacked 2x6's with overlapped corners. That's a lot of lumber.
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    Default Re: isulating walls with no studs

    Are you sure the horizontal slats that you see aren't plaster lathe that is attached to studs. That would be typical for a 1930's house.
    Have you opened up a portion of the wall to the exterior sheething to see what is really there?
    BTW- balloon framing uses studs full height from the first floor throught the second floor to the roof. Not used much today for a number of reasons, but mostly for the premium price and availabilty of long studs.
    You could have a post & beam house, but the interior finish(plaster & lathe) has to be supported by something.

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    Default Re: isulating walls with no studs

    All I have to go by is a hole in the wall where a vent pipe from an old stove use to go. My mistake on the horizontal slats. There are vertical boards 3/4" thick and then siding (slats) on the outside of that. There is 1/4" sheetrock and paneling over that inside. All that together equals 3", paneling and all. So take off the sheetrock and paneling, the walls are 2" thick at the thickest point. There is no plaster.
    I may be able to get pictures later.

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    Default Re: isulating walls with no studs

    Do you live in the South? TOH did a house with this type of construction that was located in New Orleans. I have seen this in some old sharecropper shacks that used to be located around here.

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    Default Re: isulating walls with no studs

    Quote Originally Posted by keith3267 View Post
    Do you live in the South? TOH did a house with this type of construction that was located in New Orleans. I have seen this in some old sharecropper shacks that used to be located around here.
    I live in Ky. I've read a lot about walls getting condensation in them after using rigid foam board. Looking for the best way to insulate the walls.

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