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Old 12-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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I crawled around in my attic today and decided I need to add to the blown in insulation that's already up there cause half of the attic barely has any at all. A thought occurred to me that maybe I could just push or broom the thin areas between the joists toward the eaves until it fills the space to the top of the ceiling joists and then take some batts and roll it into the space left behind. That could save me some money rather than buying insulation to cover the whole attic.

Is there any reason I don't want to do that?

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Old 12-14-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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You can not block out the air flow in the soffit area.
There needs to be air flow from the soffit to the roof venting.
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Really need to air seal before adding more insulation. Which means sealing up any place plumbing, wiring, ceiling fixtures are run through the ceiling or top plates.

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I didn't say I was going to block the soffit. I'm in St. Louis but I don't know why that matters. I also know about sealing things up but that's not what my question is about.
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"the joists toward the eaves until it fills the space to the top of the ceiling joists"
Sure sounded like it to me from your post.
No one here knows what you know and do not no so there's going to be some assumptions.
Look at some of the older post and see some of the questions asked and you would know why.
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Well, I said I was pushing it "toward the eaves" and not over them.

In any case, I won't search cause I don't have a clue why my location has anything to do with whether I can sweep the insulation or not.
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Yes, you can sweep it but Joes trying to point out if you push it into the eve you could block the soffit vents...which your post implied. If your careful not to block any of the soffit vents then what you propose would be fine.

If it was me, I would probably opt for new insulation and take the opportunity to properly air seal the attic prior to the new insulation going in.
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...but Joes trying to point out if you push it into the eve you could block the soffit vents...which your post implied.
I don't know how anyone would gather that considering I never said I was pushing it into the eves. Of course, that had nothing to do with my question but ...

I'm just trying to find out if there's any reason I don't want to push the insulation to the side and fill it in with batts.
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You can rent the machine for free to add the blown in insulation. This is the right way to do things. Pushing the insulation with a broom will prove difficult with wires, fixtures, stray nails, etc getting in the way. Your really jumping over dollars to get to nickels here.
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Yeah, but is there any technical reason why I shouldn't do what I'm asking?
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Yeah, but is there any technical reason why I shouldn't do what I'm asking?
Nope,.... No technical reasons,....

Just the practical, 'n common sense reasons already stated above,....

Location matters, as answers for Miami Florida, are much different than those for Nome, Alaska,...
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Location matters, as answers for Miami Florida, are much different than those for Nome, Alaska,...
Ok. As I asked before, how does my location change whether I can sweep insulation in my attic or not?
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Just use a small plastic leaf rake to move it around. Personally I would just blow more up there, not throw batt over the existing.

Check around for companies that will do the work, and give you the utility credit up front. Not only does it let you not having to go up and crawl around up there, but they know more about this stuff than you and I do.
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That doesn't answer my question even remotely.
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That doesn't answer my question even remotely.
If you did not want any help in the first place, why even come here and ask for it?

I am sorry, but you really are coming off as rude and arrogant, even though plenty of suggestions have been given to you.
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I asked if there was anything wrong with sweeping off to the side some insulation and replacing it with batts. The answers I get have had nothing to do with that but, instead, try and talk me out of doing it and tell me to increase the insulation which has NOTHING to do with what I asked.

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If you did not want any help in the first place, why even come here and ask for it?
So let me turn it around. If you can't answer my question in the first place, why are you coming here and giving an answer?

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