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Saving Energy: Blown Attic Insulation

learn how to insulate your attic yourself with blown-in cellulose insulation, and start saving money on your utility bills. this step-by-step article walks you through every detail of the job.

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Rake in the Spring, never the Fall. The leaves help to insulate your lawn during the Winter.

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Blown-in insulation is one of the easiest, most affordable and most effective ways to insulate an old house.

Cut Energy Bills with Blown-In Insulation in the Attic

Pinner said: This summer, my boyfriend (a remodeler) and I insulated the outer walls of two south-facing rooms in my house with this blow-in cellulose insulation & a hopper & hose rented from the local hardware store. We opened 2 half-dollar-sized holes at the top and middle of each between-joist stretch. One manned the hopper while the other blew in the soft, safe fibers. We patched the drywall so that you can't see that there were holes. All for <$200. It's already paid for itself.

The framing of the home has a double wall construction, with a 2×6 exterior wall and a 2×4 framed interior wall. The exterior wall is flashed with 2 1/2” of closed cell spray polyurethane foam and dense- packed with netted and blown fiberglass fill. The insulation values are R-51 for the walls of the house and R-47.5 for the basement walls. The slab rating is R-20.

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Ask TOH

Kevin heads to Kansas City to help a homeowner transform an old backsplash. Then, the guys ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner install a new kitchen faucet. Insulation 101In the barn, Tom walks Kevin through the options of insulation materials. Where to find it?Tom showed Kevin 3 types of insulation: Spray foam, fiberglass and blown-in cellulose. Insulation specialists can be contracted to install spray foam and blown cellulose. Fiberglass insulation can be found...