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#1 Mark 149 J. OFFLINE  

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Posted October 30, 2017 - 10:35 PM

I finally start insulating my shop after 12 years of ownership!  I've decided that my knees and hands don't like the cold so much anymore.  The small space heater is not cutting it and so I bought a used wood pellet stove to help keep it a lot warmer once I finish.  A previous own left behind a 5 foot long roll of un-faced R-13.  The walls are  10 ft tall 2x4 24" on center so I cut the roll down to 23" with a long fine tooth wood saw.  It did a quick and easy job of the insulation.  I don't know how long the roll is because I'm still using the first roll and just about to the end of it.  All that you see in the picture, except two narrow bays was completed with this first roll!  I can still get one more roll cut from the longer roll that remains so I think I will get almost get one 40 ft wall insulated.  That's a lot more than I thought I would get complete with free insulation! 

I also installed one 220 volt 20 amp outlet for my drill press and one 50 amp outlet for my stick welder.  The shop is a mess right now because I've had to move everything away from the wall to work on it.

 

This took me 2 day to complete.

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Edited by Mark 149 J., October 30, 2017 - 10:59 PM.

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Posted October 30, 2017 - 11:14 PM

That should help Alot. Looks good but thanks for making me itch. lol   That stuff makes me itch and swell up for a week after handling it.  I'm allergic to the fire retardant that they put in modern insulation. It's the only thing that I'm allergic to but I break out pretty bad especially around my neck.


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 02:05 AM

 I am thinking that is something you will never regret.  Don


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 04:09 AM

Looking good! Should help a lot! Enjoy!


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:12 AM

What about vapor barrier?  Thought that was recommended with heat on inside of house walls.  If not on the paper, then a plastic after insulation? But if not really heated all the time, maybe not an issue?


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:27 AM

What about vapor barrier?  Thought that was recommended with heat on inside of house walls.  If not on the paper, then a plastic after insulation? But if not really heated all the time, maybe not an issue?

Pic 2,3 &4 show a plastic sheet over the insulation.


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:46 AM

​You will get good heat out of the pellet stove, but if shelled corn is not price prohibitive, mix it 50-50 with the wood pellets and you get a lot more heat.  Corn burns hotter than the pellets.  I am burning pellets now as my corn source has not started running corn yet.  Just finished with the beans.  Corn here is $3.03 a bushel and I bought pellets on a preseason sale at $259 a ton. 


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 08:39 AM

Good choice!  You will also enjoy how much cooler it will be in the summer!

 

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Posted October 31, 2017 - 08:49 AM

Don't forget the ceiling.


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 09:25 AM

That should help Alot. Looks good but thanks for making me itch. lol   That stuff makes me itch and swell up for a week after handling it.  I'm allergic to the fire retardant that they put in modern insulation. It's the only thing that I'm allergic to but I break out pretty bad especially around my neck.

That doesn't sound like fun!

Thankfully the insulation only makes my arms itch a little.  I wear a dust mask to make sure I keep it out of my lungs.  



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 09:27 AM

What about vapor barrier?  Thought that was recommended with heat on inside of house walls.  If not on the paper, then a plastic after insulation? But if not really heated all the time, maybe not an issue?

Good catch!

I put 6 mill vapor barrier over the insulation on the part that is cover with the plywood.  I'll do the same with the other part.



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 09:29 AM

​You will get good heat out of the pellet stove, but if shelled corn is not price prohibitive, mix it 50-50 with the wood pellets and you get a lot more heat.  Corn burns hotter than the pellets.  I am burning pellets now as my corn source has not started running corn yet.  Just finished with the beans.  Corn here is $3.03 a bushel and I bought pellets on a preseason sale at $259 a ton. 

I didn't even know or think about running corn!  I'll have to look into that!



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 09:30 AM

Good choice!  You will also enjoy how much cooler it will be in the summer!

 

D.

A nice side benefit!



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 09:33 AM

Don't forget the ceiling.

I have attic space that I will be blowing in insulation when I get enough money.  Insulation is a lot more expensive then I thought!



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 09:43 AM

That should help Alot. Looks good but thanks for making me itch. lol   That stuff makes me itch and swell up for a week after handling it.  I'm allergic to the fire retardant that they put in modern insulation. It's the only thing that I'm allergic to but I break out pretty bad especially around my neck.

Formaldehyde in that stuff will do the trick for sure..  

 

The plastic does a great job of isolating things and I did the same thing..  The only problem is that when things start warming up the floor gets pretty slick from all the moisture from the spring air condensing on my cold slab (floor) and makes things slick in there..  You will notice a big difference for sure..  Nice work and a great price!


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