Let’s Blow This Joint {Blow-In Insulation}


We got a lot done today and I feel good {and tired!}


First I spent Saturday night {with a pair of flashlights} scrambling to finish the electrical work before the insulation went in today.

We got our insulation blowed-in, blew-in, installed, in under 4 hours {‘course it was only 360 sq. feet of wall – so we’re pretty slow}.


It’s a dirty job.  I wouldn’t want to do this in the house…

The vapor barrier held quite well {I was worried the pressure from the insulation might pop it off the wall – it was no problemo.}

I’m glad {really glad} I put 2½” holes in the wall for blowing in insulation – the attachment on the blower was 2½” and the reducer {to 2”} caused a backup {I’d say install was easier on the stud-n-vapor-barrier-wall}. 

Funny story. 

We were using this stupid thing to poke the bale into the thresher.  And the hook fell off into the thresher.  Haha… hilarious, right?  So we unplugged it and scooped out all the insulation into a box looking for the hook.  I got down deep into the thresher poking around for it.  Then I grabbed a flashlight and looked through the output tube.  We searched for 30, 40 minutes.  Couldn’t find it.  Arrggh.  So we gave up and started putting the insulation back in.  Guess where the hook went?  We’d scooped it up with the insulation without realizing it.  It was never stuck inside the thresher mechanism {so that’s good I guess}.

Sound like it was hard, dirty, dusty work?

YUP.  But I’d  do it again.


I love the cellulose we used.  No itchies {which is good because there was dust everywhere!  Looked like we were hit with a blizzard made out of shredded newspaper}.


Unlike fiberglass, cellulose is very “green”, decomposable {so the stuff that ended up all over the yard neighborhood is OK}, and it also has great sound reduction properties {so they’ll forgive me the mess ‘cause they can’t hear my table saw anymore}.


Anyway, we spent the second half of the day “rocking” the room {but you’ll have to wait to hear about that because I need a long nap}.

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