I was standing in the back of a pickup truck in our driveway operating an insulation machine we rented from The Home Depot when I heard my husband yell “STOP!” from up in the attic. I turned the noisy machine off, and he called me on my cell phone and said, “Come in here, Genius…”
Wait, I better back up and tell you the whole story.
Our adventures in attic insulation begin with a trip to The Home Depot on an overcast day. We get there and of course, both our kids need to poop. So off we go to the bathroom wasting valuable child-cooperation time.
And pretty much after that, we were trying to be productive while our kids (fueled by post-poop endorphins) made the store their own personal playground.
Alright, so you can buy rolls of insulation that fit in between joists, but our home energy audit recommendation was to add blown insulation to get from level R10 to R15. (There is a sheet in the insulation section of the store that will tell you the recommended level of insulation for your home, and you can also find a list of everything you need in order to do this project yourself).
The process is actually fairly idiot proof. (I said fairly).
You buy bales of insulation like this.
The machine breaks up the insulation. And all that runs through tubes/hoses that move the insulation to the desired location – in our case – the attic.
We weren’t sure if we had enough tube length to go from the machine outside all the way to the attic. So, to check it, I connected the two tubes and we ran the it down the upstairs hallway and out my son’s bedroom window.
It worked, it totally reached the machine, which we left in the truck so we wouldn’t have to unload and reload it. Cause we’re
lazy smart like that.
My overjoyed husband was in full HAZMAT gear and ready to blow the insulation in the attic, and my job was to put the bales into the machine out in the truck. Easy right?
Well it would have been…
The storm clouds start rolling in as I begin feeding the bales into the machine and my husband starts blowing the insulation. I keep feeding the bales, happily doing my little job. But my husband isn’t getting any insulation through the tube. He realizes something is wrong and goes to investigate.
That’s when all the yelling started. And then my phone rang. “Come in here, Genius,” he said.
Apparently, I failed to properly connect the two tubes. They came apart and we blew insulation into our upstairs hallway. Um, yeah.
Cue the laughing, bickering, finger-pointing and more laughing. My husband also asked me for someone’s email address at The Home Depot so he could send them a special note of thanks for this rock’n good time.
THANK GOODNESS the kids were playing at the neighbor’s and couldn’t get all in it, so we just left the mess there for the time being, taped the two tubes together and kept working. Because you know, that sky was looking kind of ominous…
So, there I am in the back of the truck, breaking bales in half all karate like (hi-yah!) so they will fit and feeding them into the machine.
Drip, drip, drip…sprinkle. Here’ it comes. Here comes the rain. And we still have about 8 bales to go – broken in half – that means 16 feeds into the machine. In the rain. In my glasses, thanks to the blepharitis.
We only had the machine for a little while and needed to finish, so I put an umbrella over it.
There was no way I could break and stuff bales under an umbrella, so I just got wet.
We got it done, and despite the mishap, (and the rain) it actually was pretty easy.
Then it was time to clean up the hallway, which my husband did because he was in the protective gear, so I did what any blogger would do – take pictures.
What’s that? Why it’s a make your own drive in movie car box.
And there was a stowaway! Remember when I made those black pipe-cleaner spiders for Halloween?
Well, this isn’t exactly the sponsored post I planned to write, but you know I had to tell you guys the truth about how it all went down up in the attic. Thanks, Home Depot, for the supplies for this project…and be sure to check your inbox for a special love note from my husband.
Many thanks to The Home Depot for providing the supplies needed for this project.