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Old 11-06-2010, 09:56 AM   #16
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Speaking of DIY. I used to change my own car oil but any more you can't do it as chaeply as you can pay someone to do it. I recently priced it out- $31 for the oil and filter I needed including taxes which compared equally to the cost of Sears. But then Sears had a 10 dollar off discount so it was actually 10 dollars cheaper. Retail prices on oil and filters is just too high.

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joasis, is it true that the cellulose you order has a higher concentration of boric acid in it?
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Speaking of DIY. I used to change my own car oil but any more you can't do it as chaeply as you can pay someone to do it. I recently priced it out- $31 for the oil and filter I needed including taxes which compared equally to the cost of Sears. But then Sears had a 10 dollar off discount so it was actually 10 dollars cheaper. Retail prices on oil and filters is just too high.
off topic on insulation but wal mart is actually the cheapest place to get oil i have found in the country. 5qt jugs of synthetic. penz plat, valvoline syn power etc are 20-22 a bottle. filters are always under 10 even for a good one. that puts a synthetic oil change at $30 which no store does that cheaply

as for insulation. my opinion depends on the house and the diy experience level. around here the pink panther blow in is the best cost per R, the free machine doesn't hurt. it also costs half of what hiring out would. if someone in your area will do the labor for 20/hr i'd hire it. some places are asking around 70hr for the work which to me is excessive
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I buy my oil (Mobil 1) at WalMart at the suggestion of my mechanic. He does the same for his classic Corvette since he does not want to stock it and usually has the more generic types on the shelf.

I don't do it myself because he does it for $8 or $10 any time of the year (even cold winter days), gets rid of the oil and does a quick look at everything. - I may be proud, but I am not stupid.

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Old 11-06-2010, 08:48 PM   #20
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this is the only blow-in insulation I can find in ohio at home depot or lowes. it seems I'd need about 100 bags for the 1400 sq feet of attic. So this is $1000 in the material.
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WTH does "# Assembled Depth (in.) : 13 in
# Assembled Height (in.) : 15 in
# Assembled Width (in.) : 25 in
# Coverage Area (sq. ft.) : 40 ft²" mean? Maybe I am more dense than the blown cellulose, but that does not say much to me. The volume of their specs is a little over 2 cf, but wth does that mean relative to what is in the bag? How thick is their 40 sf, and how did you come up w/ 100 bags? It would be nice if they said "Each bag blows up to XX cf at typical loose-blown density." Side note: $10 to change oil? Best deal in town!
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http://www.greenfiber.com/step_one_-...o_install.html
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book marked it. thanks. j

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