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ive have been coming to LumberJocks for some months now, as a guest. Reading billions of posts that have helped me out alot in finding where to start, how to start, etc. I know i have the wood-bug so i best start cracking and make myself known here officially.

i like how this LumberJocks site has a project page. That will come in handy since i’m basically starting off not knowing what i’m doing correctly :) my first project: since winter is near, installing my new never used bought at estate auction for $75 Reznor UDAP60 natural gas heater and insulating my 2car garage.

Due to stain damage and broken drywall garage finished ceiling, i removed all ceiling drywall. Exposing my rafters, electrical cables, natural gas feed to kitchen, etc. Thinking i was smart… i bought R-19 paper faced batts for the 24”wide 2×6 rafters and using furring strips to hold them up. Now, I understand this was a boo-boo. Going to re-drywall the garage ceiling. I “guess” i could re-use the R-19 insulation to lay between the joists ontop of the ceiling drywall and finish off with blown-in insulation to hopefully get upto the R-30+ range. Then, of course, do blown-in insulation in my 2×4walls eventually.

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#1 posted 662 days ago

Welcome aboard! I’m kind of a newbie myself and have found this site to be invaluable. I can pretty much guaranty that no matter what question you have, there is someone here that can answer it. Good luck and have fun!

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#2 posted 662 days ago

Welcome Eric! Glad you decided to join up and join in on the wood talk and such!

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#3 posted 662 days ago

Welcome. Glad you decided to join the fun.

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#4 posted 662 days ago

That is step #1, admitting you have a problem (“got the wood-bug”)!!! Welcome aboard the “Crazy Train”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 662 days ago

For great insulation, consider using Nu-wool. I used it in a remodeling job I did and it far exceeded my high expectations. I was going to spray foam, but quickly dismissed that at $2000 just for the material. The paper backed fiberglass would cost almost $1000 just for the material. I don’t like fiberglass wool because rodents like to nest in it, build tunnels in it, and it is not air tight and insect proof. Neither does it dampen sound very much. A local Nu-Wool installer quoted me $600 to do the job, so he got it! I am SO glad. The stuff is everything it was advertised to be. It is basically cellulose fiber (shredded paper) mixed with a moist adhesive and a Borax derivative, so when it is sprayed between the studs and scraped level with them, it looks and feels like styrofoam when it is dry. Will NOT settle. It is indeed airtight, needs no other moisture barrier, and the Borax derivative makes it inhabitable to insects and vermin. I could not believe the total sound deadening of it. We can take a shower and flush the toilet and it won’t be heard outside the bathroom! I do not remember the actual R value in a 2×4 wall, but it was far higher than even the foam. Highly recommend it and I have no connection to the product.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#6 posted 662 days ago

We have ALL made those kind of mistakes. You learn to compensate and go on.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 662 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks Eric!

Hold on for one heck of a fun ride my friend.
Experienced and friendly folks will help you along
your journey.

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#8 posted 662 days ago

Hello! Welcome aboard. I’m a newbie here and I admit that I really like this site. Every page I click there so much to learn here. I’m amazed with all the projects that I have seen. As a newbie I have no project yet to post, because I’m still a learner. Yet, hoping that one day I can post my wood craft here. But as of now, I need to be learned more.

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#9 posted 662 days ago

Welcome! This is a great site for answers, inspiration and a few good laughs.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 662 days ago

Glad you decided to join us. LJ is way better than those other woodworking sites – a very informative bunch here, knows how to keep it on the level for the purists, yet light hearted enough for wood hacks like myself. Not to mention the projects is about the most inspiring collection of, well, projects.. that I have ever found.

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#11 posted 662 days ago

Eric, I dropped in on LJs and did no research; I just came up with an ID and password and WOW, I was a LJ! This is really the best of the best woodworking sites. With the project you come on board with, you show enthusiasm and energy. No doubt, there are folks here who can advise you step by step and they actually WILL! Best wishes to you on this project and future woodworking projects. Visiting LJs will be encouraging and enlightening for you.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 661 days ago


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#13 posted 661 days ago

LMAO DYIaholic!
Step #1: admitting you have a problem. :D:D:D

-- Once harm is done, even a fool understands it. Homer

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#14 posted 661 days ago

...oh, and welcome aboard Eric. I’m pretty new around here myself. Lot’s of cool folks.

-- Once harm is done, even a fool understands it. Homer

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#15 posted 661 days ago

Welcome Eric

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