Insulating Your Attic: What Tools Do You Need? A Guide from an Expert

Insulating your attic can be a challenging task, especially if you have a bad back. But with the right tools and safety equipment, it can be done with ease. I know this from experience, as I recently insulated my own attic, which is almost 100 years old. After enduring a few winters of extreme weather, I decided to insulate the roof space to save on heating costs and reduce the temperature drop during the night.

With a back injury that causes me a lot of pain when it's cold, I had to find ways to make the job easier. To make the task of insulating my loft easier, I created some simple tools. I made a pair of spiked posts to help push the insulation into awkward places in the roof space and reduce contact with the insulation rolls, which helps reduce dust. I also made three boards to make it much safer to move around the roof space and avoid falling through the roof. The boards were designed so that they could be raised with the spiked posts without having to bend down. Before starting the job, I put on disposable jumpsuit, three layers of latex gloves and a respirator, a dust mask and a pair of safety glasses for safety.

I also pre-charged myself with enough prescription painkillers to make work as easy as possible. The work lasted about two hours, with a break in the middle to rehydrate. The tools were very useful and allowed me to put the insulation in tight corners without having to crawl on my hands and knees. The boards provided me with a stable platform and enabled me to move around easily. I had overestimated the amount of insulation I needed and had two extra rolls left over, so I added an extra layer over my bedroom and study, which gave me 800 mm of insulation in these two rooms.

The first night the temperature dropped only a few degrees Celsius and since then I've been sleeping better and haven't woken up as sore as I normally do when it's cold. Materials used: 3 broom handles, 3 1-meter fence boards, 70 mm, m6, butterfly nuts, 2 U-hooks. Safety equipment used: disposable jumpsuit with hood (the zipper broke almost as soon as I put it on), dust mask (I used a respirator), latex gloves (I used three layers of gloves on each hand), safety glasses. It is important to use old clothes that you don't mind throwing away after using them, as the disposable jumpsuit can get caught or broken when you do the job and, if the clothes come into contact with the lag, it can continue to itch even after washing. Insulating your attic doesn't have to be difficult or dangerous. With the right tools and safety equipment, you can get the job done quickly and easily. Make sure you have all of the necessary materials before starting your project and take all necessary precautions for your safety.

Janis Newey
Janis Newey

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