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Installing Loose-Fill Insulation

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AttiCat<sup>®</sup> Blown-in Insulation application

Short of tearing down the walls, blown-in, loose-fill insulation is the only way to insulate a house built before the days of adequate insulation. You can install fibreglass loose-fill insulation by putting the insulation in the AttiCat® System located outside the house and stretching a hose to the area you're insulating. Have a helper working outside to refill the blower.

8 Steps

  1. INSTALL EAVES BAFFLES AND RIGID BARRIER
  2. INSTALL RULERS
  3. ASSEMBLE MACHINE AND RUN HOSE TO ATTIC
  4. CUT BAGS IN HALF
  5. PUSH HALF BAG INTO MACHINE
  1. REMOVE PACKAGING
  2. PUSH REMOTE "START" BUTTON TO START MACHINE
  3. BLOW INSULATION TO DESIRED DEPTH
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INSTALL EAVES BAFFLES AND RIGID BARRIER

Step 1

INSTALL EAVES BAFFLES AND RIGID BARRIER

Install metal baffling around heat sources such as flues/metal chimneys to keep insulation at least 3” away from heat sources.

INSTALL RULERS

Step 2

INSTALL RULERS

Using a staple gun, install AttiCat® rulers on joists, roof trusses, or vertical framing to determine how much insulation you need to add. Install one every 300 ft2/28 m2 so they are clearly visible.

ASSEMBLE MACHINE AND RUN HOSE TO ATTIC

Step 3

ASSEMBLE MACHINE AND RUN HOSE TO ATTIC

Simply begin by assembling the machine and plugging it into an electrical outlet. Connect one end of the hose to the machine and take the other end of the hose to your attic.

CUT BAGS IN HALF

Step 4

CUT BAGS IN HALF

Using a knife, cut bag of insulation along cut line. Break package in half; the machine's feeder is specifically designed to accommodate a half-bag of AttiCat® PINKTM FIBERGLASTM Blown-in Insulation.

PUSH HALF BAG INTO MACHINE

Step 5

PUSH HALF BAG INTO MACHINE

Hold the half-bag by end flaps and insert cut end into machine. Push half-bag completely into feeder until it stops. The built-in Autocutter will cut plastic packaging, thereby releasing insulation into the machine.

REMOVE PACKAGING

Step 6

REMOVE PACKAGING

Packaging may clog machine and should be removed immediately once fibreglass is released into feeder. Do not attempt to forcefully push or hand-feed loose insulation down into the machine.

PUSH REMOTE "START" BUTTON TO START MACHINE

Step 7

PUSH REMOTE "START" BUTTON TO START MACHINE

Push the START button on the remote to begin flow of insulation. There will be a slight delay from the time the blower starts and the time the agitators begin rotating. To stop the flow of insulation at any time, press the STOP button on the remote this will stop the AttiCat® machine.

BLOW INSULATION TO DESIRED DEPTH

Step 8

BLOW INSULATION TO DESIRED DEPTH

Direct the hose toward the eaves and begin by blowing insulation at the point furthest from the attic opening. Insulation should flow out of the hose and fall onto the surface 8 to 10 feet away. As each attic section is filled, move slowly backward toward the attic opening. Repeat this process until attic is fully insulated. Ensure eaves vents and heat-generating fixtures are not coved with insulation. When you're close to the attic opening, used gloved hands to deflect the insulation downward.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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