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        Greetings All,
        I recently purchased a Lake Tahoe A-frame cabin.
        It has 2x4 framing. Inside walls are 1/4in paneling glued/nailed to 1/2in drywall. Exterior is 1/2 in redwood paneling with battens every 16 inches. There is no inner wall insulation. I am planning to replace all windows and doors with double pane glass. This will be used as a weekend ski and summer cabin. Options proposed to me have been: Blown in cellulose, place foam board on exterior and cover with vinyl siding, remove interior panel and drywall and place fiberglass insulation and new drywall, remove siding and place fiberglass wrap with tyvek and replace with existing siding.
        Thanks in advance!

        This message has been edited. Last edited by: Bear2th,

        Posts: 1 | Registered: Jan 07, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I would attack it from inside and not touch the exterior siding, unless you wanted to replace it.

        Without removing the interior drywall and paneling you can blow insulation into the wall cavities, but it will involve cutting in holes into every stud bay. Fixing the drywall isn't a problem, but the paneling will be.

        Is the interior paneling thin plywood or Masonite paneling? Is it glued to the drywall or just nailed? If it is just nailed you can probably remove it without damaging it and then reinstall it, if that is the look you want after blowing insulation into the wall cavities. If it is glued you'll likely destroy some it in the process of removing it.

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