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Old 04-14-2018, 09:35 PM   #16
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Re: Retrofitting attic baffles

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Old 04-16-2018, 09:20 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by brendelac View Post
Has anyone tried making their own ridgid baffles (wood or otherwise) to retrofit in an already insulated attic? I tried the styrofoam baffles, but they get torn up on the roofing nails and I have to get so close to the soffits to be able to feed them through that I am basically face-down in the insulation with the roof (and nails) centimeters from the back of my head. If I were to make my own baffles, I'm hoping to be able to use a push stick to avoid the above unpleasantness.

My soffits are plywood and I was initially thinking about removing them and then installing the styrofoam baffles from the outside and then installing perforated soffits, but I think that I have enough venting in the current soffits so if I can leave them in place, I think that would be the easiest route.

Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
I did it and it was pretty easy. I used the black plastic baffles from Lowe’s. I bought the thinnest fence picket they had and used that to press the insulation down. Surprisingly, the roofing nails didn’t give me too much trouble. I used 1/4 inch staples to secure them. On the sections with the highest ceilings, I had to use a baffle and a half, which required me to reach down into the cavity to staple where they overlap. It was kind of tricky.
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