Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Attic Gymnastics Classic 2013


So you want to add 4 or 5 inches to your insulation in your attic? Do ya? Are you sure?

It's totally worth it after the process is complete.

This was a fun but tiring project. It took us about 3 hours to add the extra insulation. I think we used 30 bags of the eco-friendly blown-in insulation. The machine came for free with the purchase of the product. This is actually a good deal.

I am nearly 6 feet tall. I weigh about 190. I do yoga. I lift weights. I do some cardiovascular workouts. This attic work is a challenge. 3 hours in a plastic hazmat suit in a mildly warm attic will dehydrate you fairly well.

The interesting parts were working with the hose to get it out to the edges of the house -- where the rafters are about 6 inches from the ceiling joists. I did more than one parallel-bar-like move and took way too many roofing nails to the top of my head. Carrie ran the hopper like a champ and we devised a good system to allow me to reposition things between rounds.

Atop of wearing our bright-white hazmat suits; we were both wearing bandanas over our face. It was like the band DEVO was robbing a train. Funny.

You will get dirty. Wear the suit.

The next morning we both noticed how consistent the temperature was throughout the house. Problem solved and we kept the budget in-tact to boot. Bring on the 115 degree days. We are ready. Well, we aren't ready, but the house should be more prepared this summer.

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