Thursday, 26 May 2011

First things first.............

The cabin is all cleaned out, swept and dusted, ready to go. First thing is to fit the insualtion. I did quite a bit of reading on the net - seeing what was available, how easy it is to install, etc. I decided against the rigid types as I felt the squashy 'woolly' type ones will be easier for me to deal with. Part of all this is doing as much of the work myself as I can, so it has to be do-able by me. I'm willing to have a go at anything! Another criteria is that it should be as 'green' (for want of a better expression) as possible.
One consideration was sheeps' wool, either bought in or made myself.
I ended up having a look in the local B&Q depot, where I spotted this HUGE roll of loft insulation, 100% recycled from plastic bottles, for £12.98 - result!
I now need to have a look on the net for some hints and tips on getting it in place, but research and note taking is half the fun for me, so I'm fine with that. When it's up, it's time for lining and painting. Ever the optimist, I came home with some paint charts as well lol
The other things I came home with are the components for making my off-grid fridge. Watch out for the next post when you'll get a look at that!


Mad Madame Mel said...

morning mrsl :)

if you fitting any sort of fibrous insulation i definately rcommend wearing clothes that cover all skin, i.e fasten up to ur neck and cover your arms, even tho it is hot work, either that or a shower straight after, also a dust mask mae a big difference when we fitted ours.
we found the best way to cut it was a long narrow kitchen carving knife :)
also if you need to cut long stips it is easier to measure the gap when still in its roll and cut it with the paper/plastic still wrapped round that way the excess doesn't unroll everywhere and it is easier to cut an even strip :)

its all starting for real now, how exciting :)

elf x

Val Grainger said...

Its certainly cheap but recycled plastic is still plastic....and would be better being recycled and recycled again and again. One in a loft, shed, wall or what ever its next destination is usually land fill....where its still....plastic!!!

Jayne said...

We used this recycled insulation when we were doing some work last year and found it quite good. It's much nicer to work with than the old fibre glass stuff that was already in our house, that stuff made me itch like crazy, even through my jeans!
As far as the plastic issue is concerned I would of thought that to continually keep recycling plastic again and again must use energy, whereas as isulation in your Walls it is saving it. In an ideal world we wouldn't have plastic, but better serving a purpose in your walls than in land fill.