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I spent the past two days insulating the garage attic. I had to move stuff to one side to insulate then move it agin to the insulated side to insulate the other. Of course there was going up and down the attic staircase at least 40 times.

It's 97% done. Just have to cut some small pieces to insulatea small area around the window.

It should be much cooler in the summer and less cold in the winter.

I am beat and have pains in muscles I didn't know I had.



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I know what you mean Raffy!

My current body killing job came about when I tested for Radon in my home. Found a pretty high level, and have been researching the mitigation methods for a while now. It would be easy if I had a nice bed of gravel under the basement slab. Of course I don't! Drilled a couple test holes and found that the slab is pretty much poured on top of clay.

The mitigation method of choice is "Sub Slab Depressurization" If it had been on gravel, one pipe through the slab and out to a radon fan, exhausted above the roof would work. Unfortunately, I have to have multiple penetrations.

On top of that, I discovered that the slab is 7-8" thick!!!! Questioned the builder (lived here until he built a new home just down the street) and found that he was not happy with the contractor who poured the slab, and had him pour another one on top of it.

So far, I have core drilled four 5" dia. holes through with a hammer drill, dug out 5 gallons of clay from under each of them, still have to drill and dig one more. Bending over those holes and hand digging out the clay has just about killed my back!

Then I have to run 3" pipe up from each one and connect them all together with horizontal pipes in the basement ceiling and out the wall to the radon fan. That is going to be a bit of a nightmare in itself.

Radon was not much of an issue in CA, but here in TN it is a common problem.

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Wow! That would have killed my lower back.



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Hey Raffy, I did the same a few years ago. I put in an attic ladder and insulated the attic before laying down some flooring. Its a significant difference. You can go one step further and insulate the garage door. Its where the majority of your heat will be lost now that you insulated. I wouldnt call it warm in the winter or cool in the summer but it has got alot better than it was. I know your pain on the insulation. It sucked putting it in.
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Yup the garage door. It is a sectional. looks like 1.5" deep by 4' in length. I think I'll use Styrofoam pieces. Regular insulation will make it heavy for the youngest kid and grandpa.



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You could also use the spray type insulating foam on that door...

Easy, AND Cheesy.

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Look into a radiant barrier for the door. Its basically a silver mylar backing that reflects the heat. It won't add much mass or thickness to your door.

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Thanks guys for the recommendations. It's one of this weekend's projects.



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You could also use the spray type insulating foam on that door...

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Look into a radiant barrier for the door. Its basically a silver mylar backing that reflects the heat. It won't add much mass or thickness to your door.
Yeah, pretty easy to do if you buy the silver radiant insulation. YOu can also buy it from McMaster carr as well as at Lowes. Use the 3-M High Strength 90 spray adhesive. I have done alot of research into this as this was a project of mine at work. Preferably look into the double bubble insulation and look at the R-rating. On a side note the R-rating will vary depending on the surface and application so wehn comparing R-rating, look to see what application. This is the stuff they use for wrapping houses in the modwest or lining metal outdoor buildings.

The foams can work better. Look for the silver lined versions and look at the R-ratings. The foams can be more of a problem when they get wet or stuff on it and you need to be very carefull about the thickness and distance form the edges to leave clearance while the door rolls up. The lined foam sheets will be better at that.
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