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Shop renovation #1: Spray Foam Insulation

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Blog entry by SteveKorz posted 11-22-2013 08:29 PM 1754 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I scored a major milestone in my shop. I had foam insulation sprayed on the interior of the ceiling. Next, I’ll concentrate on rewiring it and studding/insulating the walls. This is a big deal to me, because my shop has been out of commision for a while. I’m ready to get moving again!

I walked into it today and noticed that it is already noticably warmer.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †



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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 08:39 PM

Looking good, Steve. Keep us updated on the progress.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 08:46 PM

Charlie, for some reason I’m having some difficulty getting the pictures to display. It will allow me to give a link, but won’t show them on the post. I did the html format… but no pics. (??)

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JustJoe

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 09:38 PM

When you go to insert the image using the img button, do you click on the blue link that says “from the web” first? That will change the image instructions from this:

to this:

and then you just type or paste in the url of where your image is and it should show up. No html or coding needed.

In any case – what’s the cost for spray-in installation like that, and did it include prep-work like covering up electrical outlets or ???
thanks

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SteveKorz

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 10:25 PM

JustJoe, I used to be somewhat computer literate…. apparently, those days have passed…. LOL

The spray foam was expensive, about $2 a square foot. He did come in and prep with plastic anything that needed covered (tools, outlets, even the floor!).

I was having terrible condensation problems, and it turned out that this will solve it. So, I saved up and dropped the bomb. I will insulate the walls with fiberglass batting because they have housewrap on them, and do not produce condensation.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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JustJoe

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#5 posted 11-22-2013 10:46 PM

Thanks, that is expensive. I wonder if they’ll ever get it down so the machine can be rented and done DIY.

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 11:37 PM

I have been checking out doing it myself for the walls of a 30’ x 40’ x 16’ metal shop building. I think the price is a little more than a $1.00 a square foot for Foam it Green. 2850.00 for 2200 square feet. The ceiling is already insulated. That is good because the ridge is 20” high. I am hoping to do it before I put too much in the building. You should notice a big difference in comfort. What is the cost per square foot to do the batts?

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SteveKorz

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#7 posted 11-23-2013 12:01 AM

JustJoe, I looked at a diy kit at Menards, and it was only about $300 less than what I paid to have it done. The company bid an inch of thickness (about R6.5), but the guy sprayed considerably more. The minimum in my shop is 1 3/4 inches (about R10), and in some places it is over 3 inches, it averages about 2 1/4 inches. I don’t think I could have done it with the kit and got that.

Robert, the bats will run about $.30 cents a square foot. The one thing about the foam is that there is absolutely no drafts in my shop now. It is considerably warmer with a little heater.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 05:40 AM

Looks really GOOD!

... nice & cozy!

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#9 posted 11-23-2013 09:15 AM

Steve, all you need now is a TV & a bed. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-23-2013 03:35 PM

That’s excellent. Go get ‘em Steve!

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#11 posted 11-23-2013 03:48 PM

Sure was nice of them to spray in a little extra for you, congrats Steve.

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SteveKorz

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#12 posted 11-23-2013 06:38 PM

I could hardly believe that he sprayed as much as he did, I am very happy with it.

I went out this morning and the shop was 15 degrees warmer inside than the outside, and it had no heat in it overnight. It isn’t drafty anymore either, that is nice.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#13 posted 12-08-2014 04:52 AM

I hope that Demilec spray foam insulation would do the same to my ceiling, yours is nice and really cozy. I guess mine will also look the same because Demilec assured me that the outcome will be more than how I wish it would be, so I’m much confident now.

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#14 posted 06-29-2016 10:22 AM

Is the foam insulation spray more reliable than of standard insulators. I wanted to try this to my wall which is now being renovated and also try to use stucco bonding agent to make each wall panel more intact and secure.

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SteveKorz

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#15 posted 06-29-2016 10:38 AM

Warren, I think it is more reliable. What I like about it, is that it is now draft proof. The shop is nice and warm in the winter.

However, one word of caution. It is so draft-proof, that if you use a heater that produces Carbon Monoxide (like a kerosene salamander), it’ll kill you fast- and dead as a hammer. Since my shop is now tight, I installed a wood furnace that is outside and I now pump hot water in through a large radiator. I have it on a thermostat. Before the thermostat, I forgot and left it on one day for 45 minutes, and it was 107 degrees in my shop!... lol.

Just be careful with the Carbon Monoxide if you have it done. I didn’t realize how tight it was right after I had it sprayed, and I was running a salamander in it. I was moments from passing out before I could make it outside. It scared me pretty good. It wasn’t long after that, I got the wood furnace for outside. Now, everything is nice and toasty in the winter.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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