June 24, 2008 update status

Life has a funny way of interrupting projects, like this garage thing. Weather got cold, work got busy, and the kids...well, it's a pity to miss the kids growing up just because you're building on something.

Insulation, however, continued. As you can see going up the ladder, the ceiling is done..

Thorwald is inspecting the completed north wall and ceiling here. The ceiling has R-38 insulation, and the north wall has R-19 in it. The vapor barrier which you see is a mix of 4 and 8-mil poly, which I've scavenged from other people's projects. The 8 mil actually cost me $1 on a garage sale, in late 2006. The 4-mil was a gift from John Schweiss, who had it leftover after he rebuilt the attic in his house. Thanks John!

Shots of the vapor barrier, and leftover Thermax insulation (scavenged from the next-door neighbor's house expansion) around the skylights. Unfortunately, I can\'t get a full 1.5" of thermax in along all the edges of the skylights. I\'ve also filled in the header space with what leftover fiberglass there I had.

Once the North wall was vapor-barriered, I decided to rid myself of the 4' x 4' piece of greenrock which I've had for years. I think one of the neighbors was throwing it out after redoing their bathroom in '05. I knew I'd use that somewhere! The north wall, above the short LVL, The wedge of greenrock, notched to fit the post, and finally, The wedge in place. Note the cool half-circle thing on the left. I don't have a use for it yet, but it sure does look neat :).

It turns out that drywall doesn\'t really have a front and a back. This lets me use the other half of the wedge, to fill in the NW wedge. first, I mark the wedge to trim it down to size. Cut it, flip it, and notch it to fit the central post. Sharpies are unparalleled for marking stuff, aren\'t they? cut through the short end with the utility knife, score and break along the long edge. mark clearly which side goes to wall. Why the heck would a guy working by himself do something like this? Because you might get called away to deal with something at any time. Finally, mount it in place and screw it down. Yay! Part of the North wall is drywalled.

Note the vapor barrier over part of the LVL right now. That's temporary. The LVL will be exposed when I'm finished, so I'll have to trim that plastic off. For now, though, it doesn't hurt anything.

The elimination of sixteen square feet of greenrock, however, exposed a nice pile of Thermax insulation board. This stuff is amazing -- a one point five inch thickness has an R-value of 10.8 and a one-inch thick piece is worth R-8. By comparison, 3.5 inches of fiberglass typically has an R-value of 13. The only problem with the Thermax which I had, though, was that it was in small, odd-shaped pieces. Thankfully, I have some small, odd-shaped places to fill.

The process of building up the insulation is covered in the first bullet point, complete with text. Larger, individual pictures follow.

Blue foam insulation, found along the side of the road (I kid you not), only has an R-value of 7.5 per inch-and-a-half, but hey, it's free. The other reason to do this is to get rid of supplies that would otherwise end up in the dumpster. Here's the adjacent space, getting filled with blue styrofoam.

Time to insulate in around the stairway header.


Astute readers may have noticed an alteration in image-filenames. Angela got a new digital camera, so I'm now the proud owner of our Canon Powershot S230, which is great for a project like this. I should do a better job of documenting as I go.

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