Insulation Prep Work

Before we bought the house, the REALTOR called Nicor and found out what the gas bill was for the prior year. $99 a month. $1200 bucks to heat the house for the year – it was basically vacant but heated for a year before we moved in. A quick peek up the attic access showed that the insulation was basically missing.

My Attic
My Attic

The fix is to insulate the attic of course. Not as simple as it sounds…

The insulation is a mess!
The insulation is a mess!

The bathroom fan vented into the attic. Well, into a rafter in the attic, really.

The bathroom fan vented into the rafter.
The bathroom fan vented into the rafter. I added some ducting to vent it elsewhere.
The bathroom now vents out towards the gable end attic vent.
The bathroom now vents out towards the gable end attic vent.

There was some jacked up electrical up there and a recessed lite I needed to shield from the insulation.

Wireing Mess
Wireing Mess

While I was WAY in the back finishing up the bathroom vent, I just about fell into a hole in my attic. No, not fell and made a hole in my ceiling, I found a hole in my attic. I know, I thought the same thing, who keeps a hole in their attic? Well, I have one. The front entry is lower then the rest of the house, so the attic drops down at that point.

Hole in the attic
A man-trap in my attic? No, just a lower section of ceiling on the main floor.

It's a big hole in my attic
It's a big hole in my attic
I insulated the exterior walls and the 'floor' to keep heat in the house.
I insulated the exterior walls and the 'floor' to keep heat in the house.
I cut a few pieces of scrap wood.
I cut a few pieces of scrap wood.
And made a floor for my attic to cover the hole. I will blow insulation over the top of this.
And made a floor for my attic to cover the hole. I will blow insulation over the top of this.

The next step is to actually blow in the insulation. That is NOT going to be fun in this short attic..

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