How to Install Attic Insulation: Blown-in Cellulose using Home Depot Rental Machine (DIY 2019)

How to Install Attic Insulation: Blown-in Cellulose using Home Depot Rental Machine (DIY 2019)


(intense music) – What’s going on guys? All right, so this video will be a bit different than the others. I’m starting a series of
short tutorial videos. In this video, we’ll be
doing blown in insulation in the attic using cellulose
up to a level of R60 using a product called
ThermoShield from Home Depot and using their rental machine as well. I’ll run you through the
steps of renting the machine. Calculating how much insulation you need. What gear you need. And then we’ll look at the
actual process of blowing in and at the end, since
this is my first time, I’ll give you the experience that I had, so you can make a decision
when you go decide if you want to do this yourself. (upbeat music) So why did I choose this stuff
over the pink fiberglass? First off, you get more R-Value per inch. That means you need less
height in your attic of insulation to actually
get the required R-Value. This stuff seems to
retain its R-Value better through a wide range of temperatures, so whether it’s really cold or really hot, I read that the fiberglass
is actually less effective and this stuff is more consistent. Again, the fact that it’s
denser than the fiberglass lets less air through it and
you don’t want air flowing because that’s where a
lot of your heat is lost. This little density makes
it better at filling gaps and cracks so if you have
little crevices in your attic and you have to reach, this
stuff is better at filling those rather than kind of staying puffed up and not filling the
cracks like fiberglass. And again, the fact that it’s
denser means that this has better acoustic performance
so if that’s something that you’re into or you wanna block out those loud neighbors, you’re gonna get a little bit more value out of this stuff. Another thing that was
super important to us was choosing environmentally
friendly products for this build and essentially, cellulose is just recycled
paper, so it doesn’t get much more environmentally
friendly than that. Like I said, it’s just
paper, it’s been treated with fire retardant which
gives it a good fire resistance and essentially the same treatment makes it bug and insect
resistant, and again, going back to the fact
that it’s paper means that this stuff isn’t
itchy, so it might be a bit easier to work with. And one thing that’s probably
one of the main considerations is the fact that this was
much cheaper than fiberglass. I did the calculations
for about 800 square feet and this cost me about
$800 Canadian at Home Depot and fiberglass was about
$1300 so, price is definitely something you want to consider. All right, so now you’ve
decided to go with cellulose and you have to buy the materials. We bought them at Home
Depot and they include the rental machine for
free, I don’t know if that’s a company wide policy, but
it is at our local store. So I ended up buying 75 bags. Essentially, you calculate
the area of your house. So if you take a look here
at the second floor plan, we can kind of guess the attic above. We’re at around 800 or so square feet. So if we look at the chart
provided by ThermoShield, you can see here that 800
square feet is covered by 67 25 pound bags, each
one of those bags covers about 12 square feet, so if
you wanna do the math yourself, if not, you can look at their
trusty little cheat sheet on their website and you can figure out exactly how many bags you need. I actually ended up buying
72 and then when we got to the very end of the process,
we ran out of a few bags, so I just drove back to Home Depot and bought another five bags. You’re better off buying a few more and returning them if you don’t need them. Worse comes to worse, you
have a bit more insulation in your attic and that’s
never a bad thing. Once you’ve got that
ordered, take your receipt and head over to the
tool rental department and tell them you need
the cellulose machine. The downside of this
machine is it’s much heavier then the kind of plastic AttiCat machine. You need a large truck
or a trailer in order to get it to your house
and you’ll probably need someone else to help you unload it because it is extremely heavy. We managed to fit it in the
back of by brother’s 4Runner but in the process, some
fingers got crushed so, (screaming) Sorry Nick, keep in mind
the machine is very heavy and be careful while unloading it. All right, so I did all
the prep work last night. Everything’s ready to shoot. You’ll have to install
these rulers so you know exactly which depth your
insulation is at as you’re blowing. I installed a few of
these throughout the attic at kind of various key spots. Another important thing
is to actually make sure that you have somewhere to actually walk while you’re doing this. It’s gonna be a bit
confusing, so try not to step through the vapor barrier
or on the strapping. You don’t want find yourself on the second floor with a broken ankle. As you can see, I had
pre-installed all these cardboard baffles, essentially these
are just pieces of cardboard that I bought that you staple
underneath the stud cavity, that goes down to the
ventilation over here. And essentially, that’ll prevent cellulose from going onto your soffit,
so your attic can breathe and that’ll increase the lifespan of the materials on your roof. You’re gonna need some help,
so choose your partner. Here’s the gear you’re going to need. First of all, equip some
coveralls, a respirator. You’re gonna want safety goggles. Work gloves and finally, you can’t forget that orange Hugo Builds toque. (clicking) (intense music) I’m not going to tell you
exactly how to use the machine, you should probably talk
to a guy at the Home Depot, but essentially there’s a
blower motor that you turn on and that just shoots out air
and will blow the insulation all the way to the attic. Once you’re up there, it’s pretty much a point and shoot operation. Essentially, you’re gonna want to start from the furthest point
from your attic hatch and then work your way back. Just make sure to keep
an eye on your ruler so you get the right depth
because it’s harder to go back once you’ve actually started moving towards the back of the attic. (intense music) – So as the loader, my job
is to keep feeding chunks to the machine without clogging it, so without it being too full
so it’s a bit of a balance of timing, essentially all
you have to do is cut a block in half with a knife like
this. (plastic rustling) You just cut it in half, it’s really easy. So you make your way over to the machine and essentially, once it’s
turned on, you would feed chunks like this slowly and you
want the machine, I guess, to function properly, I’m not an expert, but it’s been functioning. About a quarter to empty, I
guess, to keep the air flow. And you just keep doing
that over and over again. (gentle music) – All right, now, so what we’ve learned. The process was actually very smooth. With two people, you can
absolutely do this yourself. Early on in the morning,
while we were setting up the machine, we couldn’t
actually get it to shoot because the machine was clogging up. I think we actually just got
the hose from the Home Depot clogged, however, we took a
Shop-Vac, sucked it all up. It took us about half an hour
and created a bit of a mess but we got that all
cleared up and essentially, the machine worked fine. And leave the machine
on the proper settings that are set by the
attendant at the Home Depot. I would recommend to not
screw around with it too much. I think this is a great
way to add extra insulation to your attic or to insulate a new home. Essentially, you just
need a really good partner that’s good with the timing and you could do the whole thing, we shot the whole thing in about four hours. Also, remember that the machine rentals are always busy on the
weekends because people tend to be weekend warriors,
probably like yourself and show up on Saturday
morning to get the machine. We actually went on Friday evening and got it for 24 hours and essentially, that gave us until later that
day to bring back the machine. So that might be a
helpful tip to guarantee you have the machine is
to go on Friday night and just pay for a little
bit more if you need to. If you found this video helpful,
hit the subscribe button and leave us a thumbs up
and feel free to leave any comments, if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to get back to you. And if you enjoyed this
video, you can take a look at the rest of our house
build vlog where we follow the construction of this whole house. So stay tuned, see you next time. (intense music)

11 thoughts on “How to Install Attic Insulation: Blown-in Cellulose using Home Depot Rental Machine (DIY 2019)

  1. Your content is getting better and better! Iā€™m excited to see what comes next!!

  2. PUBG style, I like it

  3. Nicely done Hugo!

  4. Tried something a bit different with this video! Had a bunch of fun making these. Does anyone have any other ideas on what they'd like to see next? I will be renting a pain gun setup from Home Depot as well so I might make one on that. Let me know.

  5. Hey Man, just saw you comment so I figured I would come and subscribe to your channel. I also saw you on reddit, I dig what you are doing, thumbs up.

  6. It's treated with boric acid,which makes it mold resistant,and bugs hate boric acid……and šŸ¤£šŸ¤£šŸ¤£šŸ¤£šŸ¤£šŸ¤£šŸ¤£ the gear selection brung back good memories of my video game days…. socom!!!!

  7. lmao pubg awesome

  8. I loved your video and very informative. However I am curious…did you not install drywall in the attic? I can see your ceiling glowing.

  9. Thanks for doing this video. I'm about to do the same in my house. Nice to see another first timer do it first! *Video Tip* Not sure which editing software you use, but getting your different audio to similar levels would help. At worst, stick a limiter on the Main Output to help with the leveling. I got blown out a couple times while watching this. Thanks again! Love the video game gear selection section.

  10. Would this type of insulation work in Southern Louisiana, my husband is disabled so as a woman I would have to get my son to help me! Is it affordable for our home is about 2000 square feet! We're an older couple and we don't have much help and can't afford to hire anyone, our son volunteered to help us! Our home is old we still have single pane windows and our house is very hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter! We are trying to do the best that we can! We have plans to change out the windows a few at a time but we're looking to get the best bang for our little pennies! I'm so tired of my husband being so hot in the summer and cold in the winter! this breaks my heart because we've worked all of our lives and we're struggling! Thirty-two years of marriage, worked extremely hard and now all the financial burden is on me! According to Social Security, my husband isn't disabled enough to receive any benefits with heart issues, a broken hip. pelvic bone, femur and he needs knee surgery not to mention other issues, he's been working in that condition for the last fifteen years on painkillers taken sparingly as not to get addicted! The doctors have just recently found arthritis in his spine! Every home maintenance must be done by me, because I can no longer work because I'm my husbands 'caretaker', we can't get any assistance from the government because they deem me as "Capable of working", while my husband has frequent falls, can't shower without assistant and frequently loses his balance, etc. He sleeps a lot, although he tries to help, he physically can no longer help! Sorry for this sob story! I just need the information to help cut on our rising electric bills, we only receive $1100 dollars per month that's before any bills are paid and we are struggling! We've applied for food assistance and utility assistance but we were denied! Our car is a 1998 Chevy blazer! We just bought it a few days ago, because my husband is in physical therapy and it took us an entire year to save $750 bucks! Just wanted to say "Thank you, because now we have a goal to insulate our attic before winter"! Again sorry the comment was so long!

  11. Your so creative to make this video. I like you video , still make video šŸ¤šŸ‘‹

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