Not quite in the workshop... #8: More quality time with fiberglass insulation...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-31-2010 06:13 PM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Painfully busy weekend, very little (read NO) shop time... Part 8 of Not quite in the workshop... series Part 9: Took the day off of woodworking, to replace stuff that takes up shop space... »

Now I know you are wondering how all of this time I am spending in the attic relates to woodworking. There is a tie in here, trust me…

Even though the daytime highs have been in the mid to upper 70s lately, the overnight lows are, well downright cold into the mid 40s. Once the sun starts going down the attic isn’t a horrible place to work, aside from all the fiberglass dust that is…

I took up a span of OSB to spread between the rafters to give me a more acceptable platform to stand on while working, which sped up my work substantially. And I have now finished the horizontal insulation over the master suite.

Funny thing is, with this bit done, those overnight lows don’t seem to impact me quite as much. I never realized how much energy loss I was suffering at the hands of my deteriorated insulation until I packed in the R30. This holds out a LOT of promise for much more reasonable electric bills in the months to come.

Now I mentioned HORIZONTAL insulation. There is some vertical stuff, a piece of wall that goes with my cathedral ceilings that is exposed up there, and the original insulation has slumped exposing LARGE expanses of wall to the attic with only sheetrock between the spaces. Now this stuff was originally held in place by what looks like 1×6 fence pickets without the dog ears, or fancy things like sawing to even rough length. I need to get my camera up there, but there are spots where it comes to a corner, and the boards just keep going for another 20 or so inches!

I have about 4 rolls of R-19 Kraft faced insulation waiting to go in, I am planning on picking up a mess of 1×2, shoving it up in the attic and getting after the bracing, keeping the insulation from slumping. The original stuff slumped and folded right over the original braces, which were halfway down the wall. I want to avoid this this time. Pack the insulation in well, and brace it well…

Funny thing is, with the insulation in over the main part of the house coming together, it seems like the shop temps are staying more even as well. I wandered out to the shop this morning when the outside temps were 50 deg, and the thermometer read 72 deg F. Same temp that it read at 6:00 P.M. last night and 74 deg F outside…

I’m hoping and praying for some cost savings, I could really use it, and soon, but I will be happy with the added comfort in the house. That is kind of important too!

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 11:59 PM

Okay, I am really groping here, taxing my sense of ingenuity and originality for…......a comment. This one was really tough, David….........I am sure this was a test….....just for me.

........hmmm…....have you ever insulated a dog house, David? I have. In fact, I insulated a goose house…...and that is the last you are gonna hear about the geese.

We had 4 dogs in Fairbanks, and they did not live inside. They lived outside, and three of the dogs were short hair, and I guarantee that the temperatures, every winter, since we were at the bottom of the temperature inversion, reached 65 degrees below zero. That is not wind chill. You have to have absolutely no wind to get that kind of temperature.

One of the solutions was technical….....the other was social. The technical solution was to insultate the dog house, have it above the ground so that the dogs had to climb a covered ramp to get into it, (stored dog food in the enclosed space beneath the house) that trapped the warm air from escaping out the flap door, and I had a 100 watt light bulb that burned in a topless coffee can, nailed to the wall, that served as one source of heat. The other source was the dogs.

The social solution was one the dogs hit upon. The Saluki got the spot the furthest from the door, she was at the top of the pecking order, the irish wolfhound could care less where she was, she was the only one equipped for that kind of temperature with her long hair and her 160 pounds…............and the smooth haired fox terriors slept on TOP of the irish wolfhound. Social solution.

Now at this point I could put out a general questionaire about who sleeps on top….................but somehow I don’t think that would come out right.

Did I do OK?...............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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