Honey, guess what? Guess what! (
Oh, the Homeowners Association must have loved seeing me drive home today.) Guess what!What, dear?
Come see! You might want to bring the camera!Why?
I'll tell you why--PALETTES.Palettes?
Yes--palletes! ! I found a place that sells palettes for only $3 each!How many did you buy?
We're going to cover the attic with them. And then, guess what! Guess what
We're going to put insulation between the boards of the top and bottoms of the palettes!?
Everyone I've told this to thinks this is a great idea! Everyone
This solves our storage problem and will help us heat the home!:0
Well, I was late with the camera to this project, but below is a picture of some of the palettes
Gene brought home Thursday and Friday night. Fifty palettes requires two trips on the way home from work.
I think in the end, he only used about forty, so we're hoping he can sell back the other ten for $2 a palette.
He told me he would have to make two trips to Home Depot for the insulation, but they were able to load him up in one go.
See the dark green metal box in the back? That's the machine that blows the insulation where you want it to go. It's a two-spouse job. One person puts the insulation in and the other person blows it in the attic via a long hose. (That's our tomato plant encased in its tomato protection unit in the foreground.)
Here is a closer picture of the insulation:
We made a mistake with the machine. We emptied half a 20-pound bag in it before we turned it on. At the bottom of the machine is a cylinder with four "curved spatulas" attached. They break up and rotate the insulation into the bottom and the machine blows it in to the tube. But when we turned the machine on, the spatulas wouldn't move. So, we pulled out all the insulation (big
mess) and fiddled with it, and then realized they just needed a push. Then, we started all over again.
Each 20-pound bag of insulation cost $6.80. Gene looked on the internet for insulation installation prices and found a couple that charge $80 a bag. If you buy 20 bags from Home Depot, they let you rent the machine for free. We bought fifty bags, but wound up returning 20.
It was in the thirties last night when we started, and misty wet, but the snow was inside the garage:
Gene used his aspirator and I borrowed a doctor's mask from the children's play things.
While I was standing over the machine for two hours last night and three hours this morning...
...I got to know the insulation:
Check this out:
Or this one:
See all the tiny bits of newspaper? Isn't it nice to finally see some of your hard recycling efforts come to fruition? I felt heartened by that. And also by the fact that we'll be better able to organize the stuff...
...in our attic now that the palettes are down.
Fingers crossed for a warmer house and lower electricity bills. And I think I'll pour a cup of coffee right now for a warmer me.
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