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Old 08-18-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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My studs in the bathroom range between 14" and 14.5" OC. While shopping for insulation, I've noticed that minimum widths start at 15". Could I squeeze that into my studs without affecting my R value? Or should I cut from a larger width?

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Typically studs that are 16" o.c. (a common building practice) have about 14-1/4" to 14-1/2" spaces from stud to stud (in between the studs). Just depends on the actual size of the members and how sloppy the builder was.The insulation you mention should work.

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Welcome to my attic - no two stud bays seem to be the same!

I squeezed in some of the batts, but I cut others. You don't want to squeeze it TOO much though.
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You can squeeze fiberglass batts a minimal amount before reducing the effective R-value. if you find the space more than a 1/2" skinnier than the width of the batt, you should cut it to fit. You cut fiberglass batts by compressing it with a cutting edge and slicing with a standard utility knife. If you don't compress the batt you'll have alot of trouble getting a clean cut.
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I used large scissors with excellent results (as well as my razor knife.)
Especially for cutting out outlet boxes.

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I used large scissors with excellent results (as well as my razor knife.)
Especially for cutting out outlet boxes.

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That's a great idea for those pesky outlet cuts!

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