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Old 09-18-2010, 05:48 AM   #61
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More advice if useful, pardon the brevity that sounds like "do this do that". Take what makes sense to you, here's how I do it

If you need power up there and batteries won't do it you might try this:

string a wire tightly across the attic. Add shower hooks. Attach extension cord with a multi-plug end to shower hooks using twisties or zipties, but be careful not to twist or pull so hard you cut into cord insulation. Now cord will move with you down the main corridor without being underfoot or dragging in dusty insulation etc

I like a full respirator with HEPA particulate filters, or these
http://www.amazon.com/3M-8511-Partic.../dp/B0002YKBV2

Gloves

wear work clothes you won't mind trashing. Blowfoam is messy and
hard to clean. Hat or bandana to help keep it out of hair. Coffee can with v cut in plastic lid. When the tip of the foam gets glommed with insulation fibers, you stick it into the v to scrape off the glom, but keep the glom in the can so you don't stick your hand in it then scratch your ear (don't ask how I know this)

If you find lightweight stuff that looks like popcorn or gravel, stop and read about asbestos vermiculite
http://www.google.com/search?q=vermi...32b8af52b7e0b8

If you find rodent poop stop and read about hanta virus
http://www.google.com/search?q=hanta...ient=firefox-a

Watch out for roofing nails in the boards above your head.

IF you find discolored insulation, what looks dirty close down to the ceiling, SEAL THAT SPOT! The dirt is what was filtered as your warm heated air left your living space and floated up to the sky thru the attic

This is the single biggest return-on-investment I have ever done for energy efficiency, and the first big project I try to do when I move. It's easy and VERY satisfying project, but it isn't that fun at the time.

STAY ON THE JOISTS, don't fall thru

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Old 09-18-2010, 12:33 PM   #62
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Friend and I hopped up into the attic, it was EXTREMELY hot, so the insulation must be doing its job. We didn't dig down the rows, we just followed the wires and found the holes they ran into weren't sealed, so we sealed them. I took a few pictures. I also ran into a black box, that had a air duct pipe hooked to it, well just connected, didn't seem to well connected, but I sealed around the box, and connected it best I could and sealed the hole. I couldn't tell if the outside air was coming in the pipe itself or the black box hole that it was connected to had the AC air coming out. I'll post pictures soon.
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Here are the pictures like promised. Some of just a before and after foam, and the rest are just small holes and just showing you what I had to fill.



Here is that black box I was talking about.





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The black box is probably the exhaust fan in your bathroom.
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Might be, I couldn't tell if I was above our second bathroom or not.
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Well got my electricity bill, it is now $101! I don't know if getting a new thermostat helped or what. I doubt the new Belkin adapter and foaming holes in the attic helped, since I just did those.
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Well, that's a heck of a lot better. Now by the time you get all the improvements done you should have it down to $60 or so.

You might as well have the $500 a year in your pocket as the utility company!
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Now I just want to work on exterior looks. I'm looking at getting a wooden bench swing, building a deck, expanding my storage shed.
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Post some pics of the outside!!
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I was thinking putting a double wooden seater in front of my living room windows (left, first windows), build a deck in the back from where the patio roof starts to about where the dryer vent is near the gate, replace the sliding glass door with patio doors, extend the shed to about a size and a half or two sizes bigger than it originally is so I can start my future motorcycle in it. I also want gutters since the neighbor told us it floods on his and our front pourches.



We have a 40"-42" inch TV, but I'm debating to get a 73" to fill the living room or get a projector and have a screen drop down when we want to watch TV. Which route should I go?



See the wall to the left? We want to either take it completely out to open the kitchen to dining room or just cut a huge opening in and make like a bar top counter out of it. That way it can be an open environment when we have people over. It's also Marie and the dishwasher is on the far right side of the sink, next to the door opening (can't see it in the picture), so we want the dishwasher next to the sink, and put the fridge where te dishwasher is.

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So, first month living in my new home, and my electricity bill is $268! The A/C only kicks on when the house is hotter than 80ish degree's. What are some things I can do to keep this electricity bill down?

are you in NC?

whats your price per KWh? (should be on your bill)

how many Kwh's did you use..

and yes, lower the temp on the water heater (is it gas or elec)?
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i like the dark blue paint. but did it make the room look smaler afterwards?

or are you happy with it?

i want that same color, but i dont want the room to look smaller.
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Yes, I live in NC. The $264.75 bill (our first for the house) I used 658KWh and I paid $55.41 for 22 days. This month is $107.19, I used 800KWh and paid $68.13 for 30 days. I can't seem to find out what I'm paying per KWh. Mine is electric, I'm trying to see how old it is, and also trying to figure out how to lower it. I see a knob that had <- O and S -> on it. But, while looking at the water heater, I seen the hose exit for the dryer.



I'm kind of curious how dirty it is inside, and if it's even sealed off. Can anyone tell me what to look for or where I can get that dryer hose door cover?

As for the dark blue, we love it. We're still looking for ways to fill the room up, thinking about getting a new couch like a sectional, possible brown. Wife says the tan looks dirty when it's not. Also thinking about getting a projector or just a 73"inch TV. Maybe the people of DIY Chatroom can help me decide! The room doesn't feel smaller, feels empty, but thats because all we have is a couch and TV, ha.

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Tonight was the first night we turned on our heater and we smelt gas, is that uncommon? It goes away, but, my wife was just curious. Also, this month's electricity bill is $84.60!
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You smelled gas? Most heaters will smell funny when you first turn them on for the year. Do you have natural gas, oil or propane? Natural gas is oderless so I believe they put a sulfur smell in it so its smells like rotten eggs. You can smell propane. Oil has a completely different smell. If you think you have a gas leak, you need to get out and call someone. Don't turn on any switches either do do anything that can cause a spark.

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