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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/1/2010

It's amazing how much Tanglewood has changed just in the last couple of days.

I thought that doing the framing was a big step, but it was nothing when compared to the drywall and insulation going in. Wow. Just wow.

Suddenly you can't look down the length of the house and see where you might have left your backpack, or one of the ladders, or where somebody might be working. Suddenly when you call out a question it doesn't go anywhere because there are two layers of soundproofing insulation between you and the guy who you think (you aren't sure because you can't see anymore) is right on the other side of the wall. Suddenly you can feel definite temperature differences as you walk between as-yet uninsulated areas and insulated ones.

And the media room is dark, dark dark... wow.

I like it!

The drywall crews got to work quickly this morning, and the insulation folks came up a bit later in the day. Since the drywall folks had pretty much claimed all of the "easy access" areas around the house for their piles of materials, the insulation folks mostly took to working off of their truck, which wasn't too difficult, since their stuff is a lot lighter and easier to carry around. It turns out that they use a couple of different techniques for tacking up the insulation depending on where it's going--most of the stuff that goes into the walls is doubled over (I had specified soundproofing applications around the media room) and mostly holds itself into place vertically, while the insulation going into the ceilings is usually stapled up, since it's fighting gravity and there can be more variation in truss flexibility. It's all R-38, so it's fairly thick as well. The installation went fairly quickly, with two or three guys working with the batts while one other went around foaming channels and around windows to seal them up ahead of the drywall. There naturally had to be regular coordination between the drywall and insulation teams, and I was initially a bit worried about that (some of the other crews didn't get along all that well and were constantly stepping on each other), but these guys were apparently used to working with each other, and it went smoothly.

A word about the insulation in the attic. While the interior walls were always going to be fiberglass due to its excellent soundproofing qualities, long-time readers might recall that I did not intend to use fiberglass insulation back when we were planning this thing. Builder Dale and I had instead planned to use a combination of spray-in foam to seal up the attic floor area and then follow up with blown fiberglass or cellulose or possibly blown cotton on top. Problems arose however, when we brought up the insulation folks to bid the job and they turned it down flat--as it happens, their trucks wouldn't be able to navigate the road! It was less a horsepower issue than a tight-turns issue (some of the canyon roads are pretty hairy) and they just didn't have equipment that could safely get up there.

That was a kick in the head, but at least we had a fallback--going the more conventional plastic-wrap-and-fiberglass-batt route. I don't have the same "anti-fiberglass" attitude that many do, since I've honestly rarely ever been up in the attic here at Wyrdhaven, and I suspect given Tanglewood's size I'll be up there even less.  Besides it's a good product, works well, and has the added advantage of being both relatively cheap (when compared to solutions like spray-in) and transportable to the site without using ginormous trucks.

The drywall guys also got busy putting up boards as I mentioned earlier.  They kinda of spread out rather than starting in one area and working their way through the house as I'd expect, but whatever works for them--they're the experts after all!  It's looking good already too... just amazing.


Steven in Colorado Springs


This scaffolding will be shared between the insulation and drywall guys, since they both have to get Up There.
Insulation foam in the electrical channels in the garage.
Insulation foam in electrical and plumbing channels in the main laundry room.
The truckload of insulation backs up the driveway. He's loaded for bear; I'm surprised he didn't drop any on the road!
Drywall started in the kitchen area (looking up to the library).
Installing insulation in the attic in the library area.
Insulation in one of the guest bedrooms.
Look how dark this area started to get as they cut off the light from the attic--wow!
Drywall in the master bathroom.
Looking very nice. They did the larger chunks first, planning to come back and do the smaller and more complicated drywall later.
The apartment bathroom was nearly done by the end of the day.
Drywall in the garage.
Plastic sheathing covering the insulation in the apartment. This will help keep moisture in the apartment rather than having it get into the insulation.
In the master closet looking at the back of the drywall in the main laundry room. That square area will be a pass-thru after they cut it out.
Apartment kitchen ceiling.

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