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So begins the insulation pics !

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Pallet Pete, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. TheMightyMoe

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    SQ Footage of home? Thickness of walls?

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  2. Backwoods Savage

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    Good Hiram. You won't be sorry. Pete found as we did that this foam insulation really helps out a lot.
  3. Pallet Pete

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    I am glad to hear that Hiram post some pics of it would you please ! Make sure you get the ceilings insulated well too that is very important and cold make all the difference.

    Pete
  4. shawng111

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    Could one of you gentlemen PM me the name of this company? seems like a great way to go. Thanks in advance!!
  5. Hiram Maxim

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    Most walls are 2x4 (3.5")

    When I remodeled the main room in my house I built the walls out to 8" , first half of wall towards the exterior is closed cell foam than R15 fiberglass batt. toward the interior.

    EDIT: there is also approx an R50 in my attic of fiberglass batts, cellulose, and blown fiberglass!
  6. Hiram Maxim

    Hiram Maxim Minister of Fire

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    Well I can only imagine!

    The walls are cold as Ice to the touch.......:eek: and driving nuts!

    For all the work I have done to this place...This is one weak link......

    I can already tell a difference by insulating over half the basement and crawl space walls.:)
  7. Hiram Maxim

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    I will post picture for You fine folks!

    When I did a remodel in 2009 I had another 8"-10" of blown fiberglass and foam soffit baffles installed! ;)

    Just in case you miss it "there is also approx an R50 in my attic of fiberglass batts, cellulose, and blown fiberglass!"

    Cheers,Hiram


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  8. Hiram Maxim

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    Well the Foam was installed on Friday and of course it takes 3 days to cure.....

    I have noticed that the sound dampening in amazing but my walls are still cold to the touch even though its been around 50::F during the day and mid 30s::F at night.

    So at this point I'm still a bit skeptical. Does the insulating factor get better with time or is this it?

    Here are a few pics....

    foam injection 1.jpeg foam injection 2.jpeg foam injection 3.jpeg
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  9. Pallet Pete

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    Ours was good last year but this year it is fantastic! It took more than 3 days for ours to cure right I think it needed to be warm out to cure all the way. Ours was put in while it was cold out. We also went around and caulked every crack in our old home and we have no wind coming in and you could heat the place with a match this year. Keeping in mind our home is not stone but wood so I cant speak to how stone/brick react and the dry times involved.

    Pete
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  10. woodgeek

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    HM, how thick is the cavity again??
  11. Hiram Maxim

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    The foam came through a few plugs and light switch sockets, so the house had some leaks!
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  12. Hiram Maxim

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    Most walls are 2x4 (3.5")

    When I remodeled the main room in my house I built the walls out to 8" , first half of wall towards the exterior is closed cell foam than R15 fiberglass batt. toward the interior.

    There is also approx an R50 in my attic of fiberglass batts, cellulose, and blown fiberglass!
  13. TheMightyMoe

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    You went from R-Value 11ish to R-Value 20ish with better sealing.

    What your going to notice most is savings over time in my opinion. Too bad fuel prices are just going to increase as well.
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    Man - I really need to get into action and do something like this in my home. Sounds like the way to go.
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    Me too! I'll have to get some prices. I know it will be a great improvement, but I just don't know if I can afford it now. because I'm heating with "free" wood, it will take a while to get my money back. It would probably be more cost effective in the short run to install a second stove.
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    Steve, I have been in the "free wood" zone now for several years. In my situation I think the improvement in insulation would give me an even "better" wood burning experience. My home is not drafty (fixed that stuff through the years), but the insulation in the older part is minimal if at all. It requires some pretty hefty BTU's to hold it at temp.
    Instead of the purchase of a new stove, I think I will be ahead if I can get the envelope of this place to hold the heat better.
  17. Pallet Pete

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    We had a few spots seep through a little but that just tells me they where doing a good job. I hope it is as good for you as Dennis and I have found it to be.

    Jags those guys are very efficient and fast they flew through our house and insulated it in less than a day. I was convinced I would find a leak or missed area but non have appeared yet ! It is a very impressive result and the difference is tremendous which makes me wonder if the R-rating is higher than we had thought. There is virtually no sound from outside either which because of where we live is amazing. The gas station fills there tanks every now and then and it used to make the house smell like fuel inside for a day or 2 now you can't smell a thing in fact when we open the door it is like jumping into a pool of gas when they fill the tanks because of the lack of smell inside. Best insulation we could have bought !

    Pete
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    Seriously good to know. I don't have a problem with sound either (you can hear the corn crops grow - no lie), but I really like the sounds of tightening up my envelope.
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    We went from burning full blast through the winter with a 3 cubic ft box to heat 1400 sq ft to loading it 2 times a day and staying consistently around 75 range ! Before the insulation we could really chew up the wood and the house would be in the 60s running full throttle. The real difference for us is the sheer amount of wood not used and the time I can use for other things instead of cutting every weekend all winter as well as the insane amount of warmth we have now.

    Pete
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    Folks, you may not be young or able to do so much wood when you get well into your senior years. If you have to go back on fossil, you will be very greatful that you are well prepared with your well insulated home. Get it done while you can.
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    I understand that. Just don't have the funds right now. I would love to tighten up my old place.
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    I'll also chime in on the sound. We found it absolutely amazing how much it cut down on the sounds we were hearing outdoors. I can now drive right around the house and park the atv and my wife will not even hear me. Where I park the atv is really close to the house too. We also most times never know when someone drives in unless they ring the doorbell. We're considering setting up some type of alarm along the driveway. We did try one once but it was useless so we're still looking.
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  23. shawng111

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    Here is a youtube vid from there Facebook page for anyone wating to see how its done. pretty neat. Thanks Backwoods for hooking me up!!
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  24. Pallet Pete

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    I am sorry Shawn I didn't see your first post I am glad Dennis got you the info. It is hard to go wrong with this insulation !

    Good luck
    Pete

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