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Not quite in the workshop... #6: Hi ho, Hi ho, it's up to the attic I go!

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So while discussing bills and such over dinner last night, LOML is leafing through the Home Depot sales circular, and finds R30 unfaced fiberglass roll insulation for cheap… More discussion, and I get informed that we WILL be buying the insulation and we are going NOW… (She saw the February electric bill, I HATE having electric heat!)...

So I get over to the BORG, grab a flat cart, and wheel back to where the insulation is… I start loading the cart with the 6 roll cases of R30… Now that’s no big deal, but I’m one guy, my wife is this petite little thing, and the staff at my local Home Depot is nowhere to be found (of course), so I had to pretty much solo manhandle these cases of insulation onto the cart….

Long story short, to keep from throwing my back out, I ended up using 2 carts, for a total of 4 cases of insulation. I wheeled the product out of the store and started loading it up into the truck. Did Home Depot offer any assistance loading up? Nope… So I am manhandling the cases into my truck. To get them all in, I had to stand 3 of them on end, narrow ways between the wheelwells, and then the last one cross ways across between the other rolls and the tailgate. I was barely able to close the tailgate, but it fit…

Now for the return trip home, I managed to get the insulation back to the house without incident, and unloaded care of my hand truck. (Which is really in my possession because of my Bass Amp cabs… But that is another story all together…). Once in the shop, I got the stairs open, and started popping cases apart, and throwing insulation rolls into the attic one at a time.

2 cases of insulation rolls in the attic later, I realized I managed to wiggle a wire and found a short in a lighting circuit. A quick trip to the breaker box to insure the circuit is without power, a flashlight, and screwdriver later, the lighting circuit is back in solid working order.

I am done with shoving that stuff up there for now, but this weekend is a different story, I have to get up there and roll out the insulation. currently 24 rolls of R30. Yeah fun! I should have the house about 3/4 finished with insulation with this supply. There are a couple of areas I simply have other repairs that need to happen before I put insulation in, specifically I need to fix the AC drain pan, and do some sheetrock repair before I can pack the last of the insulation in place.

In a way, I am glad we don’t have kids, as they are not a distraction while I do this work, but in a way, it is kind of sad. This is the kind of project I would like to share with a daughter or son…. Well, the good Lord willing maybe that will change…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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David Craig

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#1 posted 1591 days ago

Hear you on the insulation install. Last summer, I did roof work and had to add insulation in between the joists. Straddling rafters on my belly while inching along with no air flow…blahhh. But at least it is all done now. Good luck up there and do not hurt yourself.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 1591 days ago

A little tip .. if you find yourself getting itchy .. cover your exposed skin with baby powder it’ll clog up your pores and not let the fiberglass in.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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nailbanger2

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#3 posted 1591 days ago

Aaaaah! Home Cheepo help! That’s an oxymoron, is it not?

Earlier this year, had a drywall repair job, 10 sheets. Go to HD and start loading 4×8 sheets by myself because (you guessed it) noone is around. That’s OK because I’m used to handling them. I start loading, lift straight up finding the center of balance, over my head, turn and down on the cart. No problem. Have 9 on the cart, lift #10 straight up finding center of balance, turn, and out of nowhere is Mr. Eager Beaver to the rescue. He grabs one end without saying a word, thereby changing the center of gravity, and the alignment in my spine. I collapse with the sheet on my head. So I say to him “Gee, thanks for all the help, think you could say something next time?” He walks away mumbling something about ungrateful people and I never saw him again.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Ecocandle

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#4 posted 1591 days ago

Great story, very well told. I guess I must be lucky, as the Home Depot in Cedar Rapids is very friendly and I am always able to get help, whether it is cutting something down to size or finding a specific item. I guess all HD’s are not created equal.

I hope you will give us an update on how the installation progresses. I am sure it will go fine, but I just like the way you tell a story.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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308Gap

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#5 posted 1591 days ago

you call it a project and kids call it work, 2 of my 5 would always jump in and work, eager to learn. I learned the others would wreck something or take 2hrs in the bathroom as to avoid the labor. Strange one went in the Marines and the other in the Army, both with ability to fix things. Good luck with the kids, I have 3 you can practice with….......

-- Thank You Veterans!

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docholladay

1286 posts in 1665 days


#6 posted 1591 days ago

The funny thing about kids and work is that, when they finally get big enough that they can really do something and be of help, then you have a very short time before they fly the coop on their own. Mine sones are 15 & 17 now. They are great helpers. I took both of them to work on a Habitat project a few weeks ago. They had a lot of fun.

I think my wife saw the same add about insulation on sale. I will probably be making the same trip to HD this weekend. Fortunately, the HD near where I live is generally pretty helpful. Occasionally, you just have to wait a few minutes to find someon.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 1591 days ago

A few years ago when my wife started talking about insulating the attic I told her how great of an energy saver spray foam insulation was and how is was better than fibberglass. The good part was that we got it sprayed in our attic and I didn’t have to do it and get all itchyfied…the bad part is that it cost more..

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1591 days ago

Got some big 4’ by 8’ sheets of MDF and 3/4 inch plywood a while back at Lowe’s, didn’t think to ask anybody for help. Took the cart out to the parking lot, and started doing some complicated maneuvering to put them into my Honda Odessy, where, they will lie flat (that Odessy may not be a truck, but it is at least a covered wagon). So I was wondering if I would tweak my back enough to make it a bad weekend…..........

Along comes a fellow customer and offers to help…...I took him up on it and we got that plywood in the covered wagon in a twinkle. Sometimes Americans are just the nicest people ever…..........not a bad place to live….......

HeeAhhhh….....and off I rumbled across The Last Frontier…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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