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WGFA 11-10-2012 06:47 PM

Cellulose Attic Insulation Question.
I want to add some more insulation in my attic. I have FG blown in there now. It is just above the joist's. It's higher in some spots but not much. I would like to use blown in cellulose. Is this ok? TIA...

Gary in WA 11-10-2012 10:27 PM

Check the thickness of drywall on ceiling, 1/2" at 24"oc framing = 1.6# per sq.ft. or R-49 minus the f.g. weight. 16"oc framing will take 2.2# per sq.ft. as will 5/8" drywall, or R-60;

Insulation chart, Table 2;

You will compress the f.g. with progressively more cellulose, degrading its R-value;

Air seal the attic first and foremost;

I'll help you find them;



WGFA 11-12-2012 09:45 PM

Thanks for the info...

jklingel 11-13-2012 01:26 AM

The cellulose will also "seal" the blown fiberglass. Blown fiberglass is best dense packed into walls. Loose in the attic I don't think it is quite as good as cellulose; too fluffy.

fstr 11-13-2012 09:26 AM

I have a question regarding table 2 in the lined gypsum document. My interpretation is that the 1.6# per sq ft applies to wallboard. Further down in the table it specifically states ceiling board = 2.2# per sq ft. Please help me understand.

Gary in WA 11-17-2012 12:48 PM

That would be special "ceiling board", rated as stiffer/stronger for ceiling insulation-framing spacing with insulation loads only. Sorry, no links now as continuing IP problems on my end. Sorry for the late answer.


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