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Topic # 21516 29-Apr-2008 15:47
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hi all,
        was wondering whats the best company to go with in order to get some insulation installed in the ceiling of our house. have heard a lot about Pink® Batts® Ultra™ R4.6 Ceiling thermal insulation but am not sure how good it is. i live around the central auckland area and have been told the R value needs to be about 3. any suggestions / experiences etc please throw it my way.


thanks in advance,
Cesar.

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  Reply # 128224 3-May-2008 16:56
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depends what your budget is

Wool / Pink bats / Junk mail, newspaper, plastic bottles bag mix

I'd settle for Junk mail, News Paper and Plastic bottles bag mix , doesn't cost a cent. If they can have penguins put Fire Starters (poly styrene) under your house, then a load of news print in your roof couldn't hurt.

Plus if you go out and mug the kid delivering the pink clothes recycling bags, then you'd really be installing Pink b.a.t.s (bottles and trash shhh!)

Just a thought!

I know a guy who lives round the corner from me, He's a manufacturer of wool insulation, the also do installs auckland wide, so could pass on your details of you like.





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  Reply # 128226 3-May-2008 17:12
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I would highly advise using newspapers and junk mail as insulation!

Installation is really easy, just aslong as you have the right equipment.

Overalls
Gloves
Eye wear (not that necessary if you are careful)
mask.

Batts is really bad at getting in your skin, so unless you cover yourself up you will itch for hours Tongue out
I would as your local ITM/placemakers/Mitre10 etc for their advice on which batts to get. Otherwise your local council will tell you what you are required to install.


It is not worth the money paying someone to do it for you.

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  Reply # 128232 3-May-2008 17:35
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rscole: Batts is really bad at getting in your skin, so unless you cover yourself up you will itch for hours Tongue out


rscole: It is not worth the money paying someone to do it for you.


To my mind those 2 statements are reasonably contradictory :-)

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  Reply # 128234 3-May-2008 17:48
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Hmm not really, just aslong as you are wearing overalls and have a cold shower afterwards there are no problems.

I guess some people may just not be man enough Wink

As it is not the nicest job in the world you would probably have to pay someone a bit more that you are willing.

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Reply # 128258 3-May-2008 18:46
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theres also another issue to consider about ceiling insulation: RATS

Before you install a rat breeding nursery, you should really make sure, you don't have any recent or existing tenants.

In a RAT region Pink Bats provide a nice cosy environment for the wee beasties to reside and breed in and your attempts to evict them often results in

  1. the high probability of very foul smells emanating from decomposing rats after eating poison and obtaining enough moisture off the plastic covers on the BATS due to condensation.
  2. Itchy kitty effect, Kitties love attic snack attacks and don't seem to mind BATS but then after a night of feasting the retched beasts come and smooge pink bats all over your legs and where ever else they can smooge you, like under your bed sheets!
It's better to go green, no need for rat poisons and kitty will be out of sight and out of mind for nights on end.

Though on the other hand you can always use your neighbors cat!




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  Reply # 128536 5-May-2008 10:11
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hummm very interesting reading the replies so far. I didnt think about the rat problem before, i have tried before but have failed to get rid of those pesky creatures. Rat poision is the worst method to use it means you have to clean the mess left behind and trust me thats not much fun. I've heard about spraying chemicals but not too sure how it would affect my household ??

ta,
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