Attic Insulation 2 - Tools and Materials Checklist

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In part 1 of this series, you learned about the concept of R-value, as well as the need to verify that your new insulation meets the standards of your local building code. This installment lists all the tools and materials you will need to install your new insulation.

Tools for Fiberglass

  • Dust mask
  • Circular saw
  • Goggles
  • Utility knife
  • Gloves
  • Staple gun
  • Light staples
  • Pencil
  • Heavy-duty paper
  • Work light
  • Extension cord
  • Hammer
  • String
  • Steel tape measure

Materials for Fiberglass

  • 16 penny nails
  • Flexi-vent material
  • Clothing to fully cover (optional)
  • Duct tape
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Vapor barrier (6 ml. visquine)
  • 2x4 boards

Tools for Blown-In Cellulose

  • Hole saw
  • Blowing machine
  • Drill
  • Trouble light
  • Spackling knife
  • Extension cord

Materials for Blown-In Cellulose

  • Cellulose
  • Long, straight board
  • Spackle

Tools for Rigid Foam Panels

  • Circular saw
  • Level
  • Ramset (rental)
  • Utility knife

Materials for Rigid Foam Panels

  • Rigid foam panels (regular or panels closed cell)
  • 2 inch extruded foam
  • Exterior adhesive
  • 2x2 furring
  • Tar paper strips
  • Sheet metal
  • Adhesive flashing
  • Shim material
  • Drain pipe
  • Vapor barrier (6 mi. visquine)
  • Gravel

Tools for Ventilation

  • Caulking gun
  • Drill
  • Hole saw

Materials for Ventilation

  • Tape
  • Soffit ventilation
  • Plastic plugs
  • Caulk
  • Vent
  • Waterproofing
  • Closable vents
  • Continuous ridge tiles vent
  • Drain
  • Pipes
  • Wind turbine
  • Sump pump

That's it! Whatever kind of insulation or ventilation you choose to install, the tools you need are right here. Just keep this list handy as you move forward with your project. Speaking of which, part 3 in this series has all the information you'll need to do the job safely.