October 6, 2016

Since my “wildly popular” debut as a crew member last New Year’s Eve, I’ve been itching to get on the road again and grace you with another blog post!  So here goes…


This is the moment a few hours into the job when I realized, “I’m not here just to work, I need to start taking pictures!” So here is a candid shot of me and my husband Ryan, looking all happy to be doing drywall.  Again.  We’re not drywall contractors, I swear!  And drywall doesn’t make us as happy as this picture makes it seem.  You can’t believe everything you see on the internet, folks!  I digress…



Garage basement – remove old fiberglass, relocate plumbing,  spray foam rim joist, insulate with new fiberglass, and drywall ceiling.  Vent out bath exhaust fans and range hood, insulate attic hatch and attic to R44 (blown in cellulose).


WHY?  Well, because this is what our customer wanted, of course!  But beyond that, as you can see from the before pictures here – the existing insulation was installed upside-down, and not in great shape.  For faced batts of insulation, the paper side should always be installed with the paper towards the conditioned (or heated) space of the home.  In this case, we are in a basement with the conditioned living space above us, so the paper should be facing up.  So we removed the old insulation (and cardboard) and installed the new.


We also spray foamed the rim joist.  This is something we do quite often, and it is probably something regular-Joe-homeowner doesn’t think about very much.  Why is it important?  Well, rim joists are usually a source of significant air leakage, as well as a possible risky area for accumulation of condensation.  Since closed cell spray foam acts as both an insulator and moisture retardant, it is a perfect solution.  We had to relocate the plumbing so that it rested up inside the joists so that we could install drywall. 

And fortunately for me, all of this was done before I arrived yesterday!  They even had almost all of the full sheets of drywall installed already. 

Which, unfortunately for me, meant the drywall that was left to install was the piece-in work that takes much more time with all of the measuring and cutting.  It can be very tedious, but were up to the task, as always!



Installing drywall on a ceiling is no easy task, even if the ceiling is low.  As you can see in this picture, it takes a few guys to hold it in place and someone to screw it in quickly before everyone’s arms give out.  Our dear customer even pitched in, and it wasn’t just because I was slacking off and taking pictures – he was just one of those helpful guys!  


After we got the last few full sheets up, we sent Kerrin and Chris upstairs to work on venting out the bath fans and preparing the attic so we could add more insulation.  This left Ryan and I to do the piecing in of the rest of the drywall.  Or more honestly, it left Ryan to do the piecing.  I mostly hold things for him.  :)  However, I did also make myself useful by mudding over all of the screw holes.  And just to be clear, this is my mischevious face (as in, I was sneaking a picture of Ryan when he wasn't looking), not my duck face. Ha!


In the picture to the left, you can see the pipe the guys installed to vent out one of the bath fans, and to the below you see Chris drilling a hole in the exterior wall to vent it to the outside.  Why do we do this?  Well, simply put, you do not want the moisture from your bathrooms venting into your attic.  So anytime we insulate an attic, we make sure everything is vented properly to the outside.







Insulating the attic hatch to match the rest of the attic insulation is another thing that we do every time we insulate an attic.  Why?  Because your attic hatch, if not insulated and sealed properly, can be a huge area of air leakage.  It lets your radiant heat escape to the attic in the winter, or pulls the hot summer air into the home you are trying to keep cool.  This isn’t a picture of the finished product, but hopefully you start to get the idea.  We attach foam board to the hatch itself to insulate it to the proper value.  We will then add weatherstrip materials around the edge so that we can create a good seal when the hatch is closed.    


Ah, this is just a scene that makes my heart happy.  Our crew, hard at work, increasing the comfort of our customers, one home at a time! 

And look, they even clean up after themselves!  No kidding, I often hear from our customers that they were impressed with how nice our crew left the job site.  I love to hear things like that!  We know we have good guys, but it’s nice to hear it from the customers too. 

So at the end of the day, the job was not yet finished.  We still had to mud and tape the seams of the drywall and blow the insulation in the attic, which I’m sure the guys are doing even as I type this.  But at the time that I left yesterday, there was definitely progress made!  Maybe it’s just me, but the drywall ceiling sure looks pretty!





So, in conclusion, I hope you enjoyed a look at another day in the life of our crew – and I hope you may have learned a few helpful things in the process!  As always, we would be happy to help you with any of your insulation or energy conservation needs…call us to assess your home before winter hits!