12:24PM | 09/01/05
Member Since: 08/31/05
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When I built my house, I left two small attic storage spaces to finish later. None of the local "handyman" small contractors will touch insulation, and none of the local insulators will take such a small job. I am certain that I have seen this product on DIY shows: a styrofoam insulation panel already sized to fit between studs. It resembles the material in a cheap cooler chest, can be cut with a knife, and is easily installed by a homeowner. When I ask for this product at home improvement stores, the salespeople look at me as if I am insane. I have written to Owens-Corning, but they don't manufacture it. In their E-mail response, they suggested I try this website. Is anyone familiar with this product? Who makes it? What is it called? I will be so grateful if you can help me with this.


05:04AM | 09/02/05
Member Since: 01/28/03
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You can get many varieties of rigid foam insulations at any home improvement center.

But they are extremely more costly to use than fiberglass batts and therefore not as cost effective to use.

One of the best for insulation value per inch of thickness is Dow's polyisocyanurate board with an approximate R value of 6.5 per inch.


07:47AM | 09/02/05
Member Since: 08/31/05
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Homebild, I want to thank you for your reply, but perhaps I didn't provide enough explanation. These two spaces are basically large closets which open off my upstairs bedroom. The original builder has already installed the doors, subfloor, and knee walls. Because the spaces are small, price is not the most important factor. What I need is something that I, a middle-aged woman with a bad back, can install by myself. I would not want to drag fiberglass batts through my house or handle them. Neither can I get big sheets of rigid insulation up my stairs unassisted. The product I was asking about is already the correct width to fit between studs and very light. It is designed for a homeowner to apply. Once I have the insulation in place, I can get someone to do the drywall, etc., but no one will touch this job until I have done the insulation. Frankly, I can't imagine myself managing any other type of insulation by myself. I am certain that I have seen this product on TV. I need to know if it is still manufactured.


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