1) As Edwin said, it would be wise to learn to do the drywall repairs
yourself. With tax, you should be saving about $600, which covers
a lot of drywall patch and sandpaper. I'd rather have the repaired
holes on the inside of the house than on the outside. Is there any
chance that the holes could be cover in some rooms in the house by
installing crown molding? That is an easy and attractive way to cover
the holes and it gives you access to the holes years from now if you
want to examine the insulation or "top it off."
2) While you are at it, you could consider drilling those inside holes
yourself and shooting in the insulation. I've never researched it,
but I've always been under the impression that those who sell the
blown-in insulation retail will generally loan you the equipment
for blowing it in. The insulation itself is supposed to be fairly
3) I'm guessing that you already know without asking what the value of
a verbal guarantee is. Why would any contractor offer a guarantee
but refuse to put it in writing? Yep - so that he can weasle out
if there are problems later.
4) Regarding the attic. I have not done much current reading on
insulation types. How about insulating it yourself? If you are
really frugal, you can always collect the tons of styrofoam out
on the curb each trash day, run it through a neighbors chipper
shredder and toss it in your attic. :)
Seriously, I've been tossing free styrofoam on top of the existing
attic insulation for years. It is basically the same as the sheet-
styrofoam insulation that wraps my home under my siding. But free.
Getting more conventional - the cost of the labor is considerable when
paying to insulate the attic. Also, if you do it yourself, then you can
do the super-caulking that should be done before tossing in the
insulation. Few installers do this, and those that do it don't do an
I'm back again, this time it's insulation. My house is 103 years old
and never has been insulated. So I got a quote from a local company
and I didn't realize it would be so expensive. If they blow it in from
the outside, it costs $2300 but if they do it from the inside it's
$1750. But then I have to pay a drywaller to fix the gazillion holes
they will make because they only do the initial rough patch after they
blow in the insulation. We're talking about a LOT of holes.
Then there's the attic. I got a quote for the recycled denim
insulation up there and it was over $1,000. So I asked what it would
cost to use the normal stuff (fiberglass pink stuff) and he said they
don't use that because it's way less efficient than the recycled denim
and plus it's not healthy to have around.
So I'm not just writing to whine. I have two questions.
1. Is it true that fiberglass is much less efficient than the recycled
2. Someone told me that blown-in cellulose will settle in a few years
and then I'll be right back where I started. The contractor said he'd
give me a 15 year warranty, but he doesn't have one in writing--it's
just his good word since "it's a family business".
Could I have some comments on cellulose insulation in general and
whether this is something I really need to just DO and stop whining
Thanks again in advance. This group is really helpful for me.