So close…root cellar insulation almost done.

It was a mixed bag working on the root cellar this weekend. Saturday, I got lots done (all the batts of insulation into the ceiling/floor joists) but on Sunday I was too tired and cranky (and breaking drill bits, and running out of hardware…) to get a whole lot done. But here’s the current status:

Safety first when working with fiberglass…
The Insulator

First step was to cut the batts to length and place them between the joists.
Installing batts

The finished batting:
Installing batts

Then I put scraps of rigid insulation between the joists over the door wall, so air wouldn’t flow in sideways through the batts. This also looks a lot neater.
Rigid insulation

I was quite thrilled that out of four 4×8′ sheets of rigid insulation, this is pretty much all that’s left over:
Scrap

Next up: installing the rigid insulation on the ceiling, and sealing the cracks with tape and probably caulk or spray foam around the edges. I want to be sure moisture doesn’t get up into the batts and cause mold to grow.

Published by Emily

I'm an instructional designer and gardener based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Free moments find me in my garden or the forest, hugging trees and all that jazz.

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