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Small Cellulose Insulation Job

BuckTurgidson's picture

I have a small spot in an attic that isn't really accessible enough to lay fiberglass batts effectively, and too small to purchase the 20 bags of cellulose needed to get the free blower.

Can I just loosen and fluff this stuff up by hand and toss it up in there?

Yep.  Might be a good idea to (post #207059, reply #1 of 5)

Yep.  Might be a good idea to fluff the stuff outside (on a tarp, out of the wind) and place it in trash bags to get it up there, as the bales are tightly packed and lumpy.  And, of course, without the blower the install won't be as uniform, but it should still be effective.

Or you can just pay the rental on the blower, of course.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

or you can buy the 20 bags, (post #207059, reply #2 of 5)

or you can buy the 20 bags, use the blower, return the blower when you are done and then return the extra bags.....of course you need to decide if that fits your morals or not.

Even better still, blow cells over your fiberglass too and benefit from insulation that actually insulates as opposed to FG which is usually only marginally better than nothing.

you need more numbers.... (post #207059, reply #3 of 5)

If the area is even a couple bags worth I would try to blow it if possible.

First I would plead my case with the lumber yard and they would probably hook me up free. 

If not I would check on rental costs and balance that against the thought of hand fluffing.


Get a canoe paddle (post #207059, reply #4 of 5)

We did this for one of my childhood houses.  We had a big box, 4 ft x 4 ft x 4ft plus or minus and used a canoe paddle to break it up.  Of course the bigger trick was getting dozens or was it hundreds of smaller boxes of the stuff up through the access hole.  20 bags?  not a problem.  Take your time and break the bale up really well.


I hand fluffed 10 bags of (post #207059, reply #5 of 5)

I hand fluffed 10 bags of celulose about 13 years ago - that was the last time I wanted to go through that.  What a pita!  lol

If I could edit my location it would say I'm now in Reno :-)