I have two questions. The first is the technical term for the area I
describe. The second is the correct insulation treatment for that area.
Our home has sloped ceilings and knee walls on the second story, along
with a shed dormer. The dormer provides lots of space to utilize the two
bedrooms and bath on the second story. The floors of the unused,
uncoditioned knee walls are directly over first floor conditioned spaces,
so they are insulated with blown in cellulose insulation between the
joists. There is no floor inside the knee wall, just exposed joists, no
Two walls in the knee walls are adjacent to conditioned space in the
bedroom. The roof sheeting is overhead, down to the fascia at the header.
My question has to do with the other wall, an exterior wall. It is a gable
end wall of the house, a 2 x 4 stud wall that pitches from the lowest part
of the roof up toward the gable.
The plate of this wall rests on the plate of the first floor exterior stud
wall. Directly mounted across these knee wall studs is the first joist.
Now you have a "pocket;" that is: exterior wall is back of pocket, two
vertical studs are the sides, horizontal plate is the bottom and first 2 x
10 joist is the front.
The blown in cellulose was placed in the "pocket." Lifting that, we find
frost on the second story plate. Remember, this knee wall is over
conditioned space. The exterior wall of that conditioned space is fully
insulated under the drywall, as is the ceiling (floor of the kneewall).
Question: What is the technical term for the "pocket" described above?
Should that "pocket" be insulated or not. (Frost tells me not, but I want
to be sure).