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A few months ago I put in an order for attic insulation. An order which I thought would cover 1/6th of our need. Well, I’m glad I under-ordered, and glad that I don’t do order take-offs for projects. For an hour my husband and I carried the pieces of insulation from the (2) yard by yard by yard pallets of insulation up to the attic. At this point we’re almost halfway through the project.

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The attic had knob and tube wiring below the floor boards. We started taking up the boards by hand and then had a nice cousin lend us a circular saw which made the project go much faster. The boards in our attic were sometimes 12′ long and we only needed to get to a few joist cavities.

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Before we started, and then after the channels were cut to replace the old wiring.

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Then we cut some more. This weekend was spent rearranging the loose boards and our attic storage stuff to make working easier below the attic floor.

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We’re using a recycled blue jean material for our insulation. Ultra Touch’s Denim Insulation comes from Arizona and can be shipped right to your doorstep. It is available through both Lowes and Home Depot as noted below in an article by Jetson Green.

There’s been a lot of talk about cotton insulation, but I’ve seen it used in countless projects.  It’s probably worth noting that Bonded Logic’s recycled-content product hit the mainstream with a roll-out of UltraTouch Denim Insulation to 165 Lowe’s stores this month.  The product is made with 80% post-consumer recycled natural fibers and doesn’t have added formaldehyde, VOCs, or chemical irritants, according to Bonded Logic.

Lowe’s offers the R13 and R19 versions, though R21 and R30 can be special ordered.  Pricing is available in select stores; however, for example, I’ve seen a 5-pack of the UltraTouch R19 (15″ x 93″) for $39.97.

In terms of installation, this insulation doesn’t itch like fiberglass insulation and “a portion of each package contains perforations that allow consumers to tear the insulation by hand, similar to a paper towel,” according to a statement by Bonded Logic.

[+] More about Bonded Logic UltraTouch Denim Insulation.

Jetson Green – By D H on Aug. 22, 2012

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