Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blown in Insulation, aka, Indoor Snow

Got started on blowing insulation into the walls today. First had to make a trip down to Lansing to rent a blower and buy 15 bales of cellulose. The roads were a mess from the snow last night, somehow it had formed a layer of ice on the freeways. I saw about 6 cars in the ditch, saw one go in, and saw one truck upside down, where unfortunately they were hauling a woman on a stretcher to an ambulance. Hopefully she wasn't too badly injured.... Once I got safely back home with all the equipment, my dad and Nick showed up to help. We carried the blower upstairs into the master bathroom, from there Nick fed bales of insulation into the hopper while I operated the hose and worked on filling up the walls from up in the attic. Meanwhile my dad was drilling holes in walls that weren't accesible from the attic. It turned out 15 bales wasn't nearly enough, I didn't figure it would be, but I didn't really have an estimate of how much I needed. It took us about 4 hours to use them up, and after that we called it a day and I returned the blower. Its going to take a few more days of work and probably 30+ more bales to finish up the job. I'll try to work on it some more next weekend.

Messy pretty much sums it up. I was quickly covered in what looked like ashes.
Filling the walls in the master bathroom.
Nick stirring the hopper to break up the clumps.

3 comments:

PATTI said...

WOW i knew the roads were a mess!! But i didnt know you needed 30 more bags of insulation, hopefully the house will be warmer when you are all done,,, or at least you go threw less propane,,i like seeing dad and Nick there with you helping!!! you with a sore throat, Nick with a tooth that was killing him, but you all kept working!

mismike25 said...

Recycled cellulose, made from old newsprint I think, with flame and bug retardent chemicals added,
is a wonderful choice for a victorian home to "go green".......
messy job indeed.....but you are blessed with family!! You'll find it so worth the work once you see a differance on your usage of heating fuel......

patti said...

Is it true you put a bucket of water in the attic and it frooze solid ice, and now your bucket of water just stays water???????????????? Thats what dad said,, if so its helping big time

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