Just the Facts about Installing Blown-in Cellulose InsulationApril 30, 2015
As the "Dragnet" symbol appears, you hear the sound track first. Duuh da dut dut duh. Then the narration: “The story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”
It featured Los Angeles “police” Sgt. Joe Friday and officer Bill Gannon. Every episode of the 1960s police drama Dragnet, Friday would utter his famous – and very laconic – words: “Just the facts, ma’am.”
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And so it is at Capitol Machine, minus the guns, the criminals, the background music, the black-and-white sets and the stylish 1950s plain-clothes-cop attire.
Just the facts, ma’am: That is about blown-in cellulose insulation.
We present to you the gritty reality behind this explosive method of insulating homes, which, like Dragnet, will set the standard for insulation installation projects for years to come.
DIY Network lays out four steps for doing an effective blown-in cellulose Installation job.
- Prepare the area: For attics, lay out a plywood walkway for safe access. Gauge your coverage area by measuring the attic’s dimensions. This will enable you to determine how much cellulose to use.
- Protect Fixtures and Vents: Keep the insulation away from recessed lighting fixtures by using 10” flashing. Make sure you have at least 3” of air space between the fixture and the flashing. Install flashing around heating fixtures, chimney flues and other heat-generating sources.
- Buy Cellulose: Bags of cellulose provide charts that show amounts of the material that is needed based on coverage areas. Use the square-footage numbers from the first step.
- Let It Rip: This is the installation phase. And the best way to do this step is with Capitol Machine’s Model 100, a gas, diesel or PTO-powered snarling monster designed to tackle large jobs requiring high productivity. Here are just the facts, ma’am: It can blow an R-30 in a 2,000-square-foot house in less than 45 minutes. No room for any bad guys here.
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