Retrofit caulk/tape seal exterior gap between sheathing and foundation
1910 Zone 5 balloon frame 2.5 story home. Looking for advice.
We plan to have dense pack cellulose blown in spring when temps raise so we can safely remove vinyl siding without cracking it. Interior recently skimcoated with mesh so do not want more holes to fix.
In the meantime to help with drafts and air leaks I would like to caulk exterior bottom edge of our t&g sheathing boards that lay over concrete foundation. I can see obvious gaps when I look with mirror. I have already caulked interior under baseboards and sealed around outlets.
We cannot easily access interior basement stud bays since covered in plaster/lath and layer of 3/4 plywood. Plaster is lead painted so plan not to disturb interior.
Mud sill is directly on foundation without sill seal gasket or capillary break. Will sealing sheathing edge still allow drying of mud sill in case of water wicking? Foundation water issues have been addressed but still want to be smart.
Would this be worth time and effort since we cannot seal every t&g joint?
Debating between exterior polyurethane caulk better or a tape product like Siga. Poly caulk cheaper. Or acoustical caulk? Gaps vary greatly but I don’t think any are bigger than 0.5 inch.
Is there a better way to do this that I’m missing? Minus any interior demo.
Pics are looking from ground up to sky. Thanks for all the help, I spend countless hours on here learning.
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