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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bert Happy AttiCat Camper
My brother works for the MFG of AttiCat and I told him my house was very hot upstairs. He suggested I check out the amount of insulation I had and I only had 6 inches in m 16 yr old home. I purchased the amount he recommended. My husband and I and my son took on the project. We all watched the online video and instructions. We got it done in 2 hours after we got the product home. I immediately could tell the difference. The temperature dropped 2 degree upstairs. I have since gotten my electric bill and I dropped $100 in charges. This is July! The product in essence has paid for itself just in savings on my electric bill. I may go back for more and get my rebate from my Electic Company as well. Thanks. I loved it. I highly recommend the AttiCat Fiberglass Expanding Blown-in Insulation System.
Store SKU# 980518 Internet # 100541755.
July 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Padawg Easy but....
Did 14 bags of this in little over 2 hours. Only downside was atticat machine. The one i had did not have the remote and all the hose connections had to be taped. Had to keep cell phone on with person operating machine. Still there were times i needed the flow to stop immediately which was not possible without the remote. YouTube videos show you them using a brand new machine. Not likely! If u have to leave $250 deposit then why is there no remote?
October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dane Immediate A/C improvement!
We had a problem with the insulation in our attic when we bought the home. There was some old water damage and rodent problem so the insulation had to go. We needed additional insulation as well but prior to adding more we had all the old yellow stuff removed. After a few weeks of very part time prep work (cleaning every nook and cranny, installing soffit baffles, running data cables, adding a few dozen can lights, replacing old fan boxes with modern/up-to-code boxes, and a few other things) it was time to blow in the insulation. I was dreading it. Finally I decided to stick with fiberglass and I'm glad I did. Even in a cramped, raftered attic, it was fairly easy to get the hang of. The trickiest part was getting it blown into and up against the soffit baffles to the correct height. My roof pitch isn't steep so the insulation came up to nearly to the top edge of the baffles so getting enough in there without clogging the vent wasn't easy. Aside from that, blowing it in was mostly a game of patience.
The best part is the huge difference it made, thermally speaking. Before we removed the old insulation, on a 95° day, the house would get up to 80° on the top floor. This was even with a lot of shade from a large elm tree on the SW corner of the house. Around the time the insulation was removed, we cut down the elm for unrelated reasons. After that and the removal of the old insulation, the top floor would get to 85° or more. The first day after the install it was 95° and the top floor never got above 72° (and that's without the shade of the elm). Huge difference!
- Use a 4-5' pole (attached with duct tape) to help reach into soffit areas.
- When you need to lay down insulation close to you, when your finishing near the attic opening, or when you need insulation to "fall" into place, use your hand to redirect the flow to where you need it.
- Mark the rafters with a black marker in more places than you'll think you need. It takes out the guess work.
- Be careful where you point the hose: you might get insulation in places you don't want it and you might blow a fresh pile to pieces and have to start over (use the hand technique above).
- Though the instructions advise against this, it helps the consistency of the material and flow rate if the person at the machine uses some force to push the block of insulation into the paddles. It's also helpful to load a new half block before the first one runs out. Otherwise the person in the attic has to wait and gets a stream of just air that can ruin the pile.
- When you do get a stream of air only out of the hose, use it to touch up/even things out or blow insulation off rafters or anything else that doesn't need insulation on it. You'll know when a new stream of insulation is about to come out because the sound of the hose will change.
- N95 respirator and glasses are a must. While not nearly as dusty as I thought it would be, there's still a fair amount that could get in your eyes and lungs.
- Duct tape the hose to a rafter to prevent it from falling out of the attic.
- Stick a box fan in the attic opening to keep insulation out of the house and to push some cool air into a potentially hot work space.
- Bring water with you into the attic.
- Use two way radios for better communication. The remote on my hose didn't work very well so turning off the machine was sometimes a matter of yelling to the person outside.
- My attic is just over 1000 sq ft. 27 bags got me to R49 in 3 hours.
July 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Saylor Clean & Easy!
Just two of us blew in 10 bags in no time and very little cleanup. Much easier than I thought it would be.
October 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYmama Easy to install
I had never used a blown-in product before this. I wanted a final R value of 40. The attic had R5 and is about 2000sf. A contractor flaked and I asked a somewhat experienced friend to help me. He was in the attic and I (a chick), and my 8 year old, fed the machine. I'm not sure why but we ended up with a lot of extra bundles. When I did the math, per the atticat website, I thought that I needed 25 bundles. My friend thought we needed 40. So, I bought 35; qualified for the discounted price. We used 12 bundles to achieve R40 for 2000sf. This process took 1 to 2 hours; including set up and clean up. I set a bundle on a 5 gallon bucket, cut it in half and pushed half a bundle into the machine. Machine rental was free.
I own multiple houses that needed attic insulation, so I used the extra to do two other houses. I had to rent the machine for another day for this, but knew that I had time to do two houses in a few hours. The second house's attic is about 1800sf and had an R value of about 0. It took 12.5 bundles to achieve R40; in 90 minutes.
The third house is about 1500sf and had an R value of about 5. We added 9 bundles to this house in an hour.
It was definitely easier to do this task with three people. A one point the clamp loosened and the machine blew insulation ALL over.
I don't have proof, but I suspect that jamming the machine as full as possible creates a denser product. The two houses that I did where I didn't jam the machine full, I used fewer bundles. With the third house, I was sick of the process and kept the machine more full. I used more bundles with this house.
Even if I hadn't kept the machine full with this third house, I NEVER would've used as much insulation as the math showed.
October 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sith101 Bang for the buck
Purchased the 10 packs and got the free blower rental. Spent the entire night insulating attic. The machine is quiet figured it would be loud and get the neighbors ticked at me but it was very quiet easy to use. The hose was very long did not have to lug the machine right near the attic entrance was pretty much on first floor. Just a warning the machine is very heavy make sure you have help when lifting it. The 10 packs was well more than enough. If I had more time with the machine would have started on the walls. Very happy!
August 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by loren Very Pleased!
17 year old house where the original blown insulation had settled. Could see the tops of the joists and in some spots, the sheet rock.
Upstairs was always hot so I knew it was time. I bought 20 bags and got the 24 hour machine rental for free.
My wife fed the machine and I ran the hose. My wife said that feeding the machine was simple.
We used walkie talkies to communicate and had the job done in about 3 hours.
I now have a thick blanket of insulation and the upstairs held at the set temperature all day.
There was very little mess but a mask is a must while blowing!
This is an easy DIY that will save you alot of money.
June 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by matt Great purchase
My wife and own a two story home and have always had problems on our second floor in the winter/summer. In the winter our second floor was so cold you could see your breath. In the summer it was at least 15 degrees hotter then the first floor. We decided to put down a additional 18" of this insulation. Our utility bills have been cheaper and the second floot is so much more comfortable. Best purchase we have made.
August 7, 2016