House Project #1: Insulating the Attic

February 4, 2008 at 12:37 am 1 comment

Today we insulated the attic. It’s only slightly less fun than it sounds, especially when you enlist the help of Home Depot Employees. The Richfield Home Depot Staff gets a double thumbs down today for being the slowest, least helpful group of people who are also bad at math.

Clearing the old insulation away from the soffits.

First, we picked up 60 bags of insulation, per HD employee suggestion. This meant we had to make 3 trips to HD, but first, it took them nearly an hour and a half to get all 60 bags together and ring us up. One guy thought he would be helpful by bundling a bunch in a huge stack – too huge to fit in the truck that Catherine and Jennifer were kind enough to assist us with. We spent 10 min trying to convince said employee to unbundle the huge stack and create 2 stacks. Fast forward 45 min, when bundle is brought up to loading dock. Employee checks out truck and confirms: the bundle is too big. But he will watch us load each bag of insulation into the camry and my cousin’s truck – one by one. We convince him that he should re-bundle the big stack into two smaller stacks – we’ll be back in 20 min.

Dumping bags of insulation into the blower.

Fast forward to our second HD trip: the insulation is still in one big stack. The girls and I start carrying out insulation bag-by-bag to the truck and camry. All HD employees watch our struggle, the original bundler eventually comes out to point out (again) that the big bundle wouldn’t work in the truck. Ah yes! Thank you, Einstein! I thought something may have been wrong with this picture.

Jason blows the insulation into the attic.

Fast forward to our third HD trip: again, Jennifer and I carry out bag after bag of insulation. Again, several HD employees watch our struggle.

Jennifer and I – shoving more insulation into the blower.

At that point we were ready to insulate. We dug out the insulation that was jammed over the soffits so that we could allow air to vent the attic (I’m told this is important). That took a while, since whoever messed around in our attic last did not leave room over the soffits for air to enter the attic (in fact, fiberglass insulation was jammed into all of the eaves). Then, we set up the blower, and it only took about an hour to blow the recommended 15″ of cellulose insulation into the attic. That was after we blew insulation into the upstairs hallway, because the hose on the rental machine broke. Thank goodness for duct tape.

Catherine mans the hose.

HD trip #4: We returned bags 1-10 of the 38 bags we DIDN’T use. Guess someone’s math was a little off. Lesson learned: always double check the math of an HD employee. We also rented a truck so that we could return the blower to the tool rental, since it was too big to put in the camry.

The finished product. We’re never going back into the attic again.

HD trip #5: We returned the rest of the insulation, the blower, and the truck. It took nearly 45 min and 3 cashiers to check us out. Why? We’re not sure. But we get 10% off our next trip, if there is one.


Entry filed under: Home, Improvements, Rants.

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  • 1. Little J  |  February 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    well im so happy that your last Home Depot trip went better after we left. I was so worried that you might actually get in and out within 25 minutes like normal people.. i think i might hire Stephen to help me bundle up the insulation next time i need it done to i can get the same 5 hour trip to home depot that should have only took 30 minutes at the most 🙂


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