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DIY Tip of the Day: Easy Way to Cut Insulation. Here’s a faster, cleaner way to cut fiberglass insulation. Use a hedge shears to slice through the insulation.Unlike a utility knife, the shears won’t spread loose tufts of insulation allover, and the best part is, you stay itch free. - Michael Horton The Family Handyman

from This Old House

Read This Before You Insulate Your Attic

Why--and how--you need to put the right kind of vapor in the right place if you're planning on insulating your attic.


Conserve Energy and use nontoxic materials. Compared to fiberglass insulation, our natural fiber insulation: * Doesn't require a warning label * Has mostly recycled content * Non-toxic; no respiratory or other safety equipment recommended * Retains R-value in colder conditions because it is denser * Has superior acoustical properties; controls airborne noise such as airplanes * Requires less energy to manufacturer * Does not contain formaldehyde

from The Family Handyman

Expert Energy Saving Tips

Sill plates and rim joists are usually poorly insulated (if at all) and very leaky. So if you have an unfinished basement, grab some silicone or acrylic latex caulk to seal the sill plate. If you simply have fiberglass insulation stuffed against the rim joist, pull it out. Run a bead of caulk between the edge of the sill plate and the top of the foundation wall. Use expanding spray foam anywhere there are gaps larger than 1/4 in. between the sill and the foundation.


R-VALUE: 44.0, SUITABLE FOR: new construction.THERMAL PERFORMANCE: Insulated with cellulose: R-36.0. Insulated with high-performance fiberglass (R-4.5 per in.): R-44.0.PROS:• Optional 2x3 insulated wall and high-efficency fiberglass give potential for even higher R-values.• Large capacity for moisture storage allows the wall cavity to dry gradually.CONS:• Panels are often manufactured off site, trucked to site, and craned into place, which all add to cost.• Design may be subject to joist ...


Closed-cell rigid foam insulation panels. I found these mentioned in Fine Homebuilding, and they definitely look worth exploring. Replace framing and fiberglass insulation. Install faster.

from The Home Depot

15 in. x 48 in. R30 Denim Insulation (12-Bags)

UltraTouch Denim Insulation is manufactured from high-quality recycled textile fibers. These fibers contain inherent qualities that provide for extremely effective sound absorption and maximum thermal performance. UltraTouch contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels compared to other traditional products. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch. It's safe for you and the environment.