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The Magic of Spray Foam Insulation

August 15, 2016

Almost from the very beginning of building, we had planned to use spray foam insulation. So, for quite a while, our goal line was just to get to that point. Just get to the insulation. We kept talking about all the things that needed to be done before we could insulate the house. Many times we would say, “Just get this done so we can spray foam. Just get that done so we can spray foam.” It seemed like we were always motivating ourselves to keep moving forward to reach the magical moment of Spray Foam Insulation. This might seem like a strange target to set for ourselves, but I think it comes down to the fact that once the spray foam goes into the walls, they become unchangeable. Because spray foam is fairly permanent, we knew we had to have everything ready, installed, working, and perfect before hand, and so it became a logical target to work towards.

After a lot of work, it finally became time to insulate the house. We knew spray foam was more expensive than traditional insulation like fiberglass, foam boards, or even stuff like shredded newspaper or denim, but the benefits heavily outweighed that extra cost. And, after our whole experience with the nightmarish foam boards, I was dead set against having anything else to do with insulation. A girl has her limits! Spray foam insulation it is! Onward and upward!

Everything is ready for spray foam insulation.

Everything is ready for spray foam insulation.

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Styrofo-My-Goodness I Hate This Stuff – Part Two

June 12, 2015

Part Two of our flooring adventure!

On Sunday, after church and then saying our farewells to Chris, Anna, and the kids, Eric and I began the process of fitting in the insulation and attaching the subfloor to the trailer. Remember how I was saying that this job was so easy and everything was falling into place? That abruptly ended about 30 minutes after we started working again.

Too Tall

While Eric and Chris were setting the insulation into the trailer the day before, they noticed that the insulation seemed to be as tall or even taller than the 4 inch cross beams. We all reasonably assumed that was no big deal because A) the metal flashing that the foam boards lay on isn’t perfectly flat so of course some pieces looked taller than expected, and B) the very heavy subfloor boards would squish everything down and into place. Well, when we tested this out we realized the foam boards didn’t squish, and the subfloor rubbed against the foam making it sound like we were walking on a bunch of squeaking styrofoam coolers. Want to know what the most annoying sound is in the world? Walking on a bunch of squeaking styrofoam coolers.

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