Home Improvement

How To Install Insulation

Hey guys! I hope this Monday finds you well!

I’m enjoying my President’s Day off, catching up on homework and to-do list items. Homework? You heard me right! Unfortunately, one of my college courses didn’t “count” for my Idaho teaching license, so I have to take the same course again, but from Idaho, and not Utah.

Weird, right? It’s not a terrible class by any means, but consists of quite a few assignments. The worst part is, it’s about teaching language arts. Which I’m already doing. Because I’m a teacher, you know. Sigh. 

On the plus side, it’s been nice to reinforce some aspects of literacy that I had forgotten throughout my college years that I can implement right now, so there’s that!

I don’t know about you, but I have a serious case of spring fever right now. I want to do organizing and spring cleaning in my house, work on our yard and outdoor projects, paint my living room, refinish our wood floor, and complete our currently unfinished basement.

This happens to me every year around this time, but it’s especially bad this year! I didn’t get out much this winter due to the extreme cold, so I’m sure that’s the source of my stir-craziness.

With the itch to get something BIG done on my mind and a sweet husband that was willing to go along with me, we decided to put up the insulation in our basement, so we could start getting the drywall up in the coming weeks!

Here’s the thing: we had never done it before.

It couldn’t be that hard, right?

And it wasn’t.

If you’re looking to do some home improvement projects but are new to it, let’s be friends! We are new to it as well, but WANT to learn and do it ourselves (with the help and guidance from my phenomenal parents, who are experts and actually flip houses for a living).

If you’re wanting to follow up on our adventures finishing our basement, follow us! Just keep in mind that we are learning, and with both of us having full-time jobs, we’re not super quick in getting it finished.

The insulation we used was Owens Corning fiberglass insulation from Home Depot. I freaking adore Home Depot. As a kid, I wanted to cry my eyes out when my parents wanted to go to Home Depot and drag me along. Now, I truly enjoy going and getting things to update and improve our home and yard!

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Make sure to wear long sleeves, long pants, wear gloves, a face mask, and glasses of some sort, if you have them. The fiberglass is AWFUL, even with all of the added protection. I still feel like I have invisible slivers all over my body!

To install the insulation, all you do is tuck it into the spaces between the studs. You’ll have to cut and piece it together to make it fit. We found it easiest to use a whole piece first, and then figure out how many smaller pieces or halves we needed to finish a wall. This helped us waste much less insulation and better fill in the holes.

To cut the insulation, we made sure to lay the entire piece on the ground and cut using a utility knife. It cuts fairly easily, but needs to be pulled apart and/or re-cut in some places.

Some pieces of insulation would easily tuck into the studs, while some did not. For those that kept falling down (on my head, no less), we stapled them to the top of the studs, which worked really well!

Putting up insulation is actually fairly easy. It is pretty time-consuming, but isn’t difficult manual labor by any means. The worst part is the feeling you get after touching it, or if it got on your face, neck, or eyes. Somehow, all of the above happened to me, despite being extremely careful.

If you’re looking to do your own insulation, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it! No matter your experience level, you CAN do it. Like I said before, we’re not experts, and we easily finished the project.

On another note, I had the opportunity to write a guest post for The Crafty Mummy. I have to say how ecstatic I was to be able to write this post! This blog is one of my coveted favorites, and I have been looking forward to being able to contribute to it for quite some time.

If you want to check out my post, click here!

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