Insulate is Great

The insulation crew blows cellulose into the walls... wearing much-needed face and skin protection.

The insulation crew blows cellulose into the walls… wearing much-needed face and skin protection.

Early this week, Bugbee Insulation stuffed the last bits of dense-packed cellulose into the exterior walls. But that’s not all they did. They foamed around the perimeter between floors, where floor joists sit atop the double walls. They unrolled fiberglass batts to offer a small measure of insulation in the breezeway. They also used batts on the interior for soundproofing, filling in walls around the bathroom and the ceiling between the kitchen and master bedroom.

Batts in the breezeway.

Batts in the breezeway.

The kitchen-ceiling insulator wore stilts!

The kitchen-ceiling insulator wore stilts! (That’s drywall propped against the walls… read on.)

Terry, Colin, and I stayed out of their way and continued the never-ending job of wiring the house. We ran a stiff telephone cable from the outdoor pedestal back to the road, Terry pulling it through the conduit with a rope while Colin and I unrolled the cable straight. Colin called the phone company with this news, and we’ll have operational phone lines as soon as Waitsfield Telecom completes the connection. We also wired some electrical circuits in the Barn, including the garage doors. No longer will somebody need to reach up and connect an extension cord to each garage door plug at the end of the day.

Also, the kitchen arrived. A massive tractor trailer from Pennsylvania-based Wood-Mode delivered 84 pieces including cabinets, doors, and trim. They’ve taken up residence in the Barn (good thing we have so much storage space!), to be installed after the drywall is installed and taped.

Some assembly required.

Some assembly required.

Speaking of which, the drywall is here too. A massive delivery arrived yesterday from the Wallboard Supply Company, who unloaded it into all the rooms in the house. Since it’s preferable to minimize the number of joints, some pieces are very long and unwieldy, up to 16 feet. We popped out that second-floor window for them, and later in the day we finally installed it for good, glue and nails and all. A new crew can begin the drywall installation tomorrow, now that our impressive insulation is complete.

An onboard crane hoists the drywall delivery to the open second-floor window. Good forward planning.

An onboard crane hoists the drywall delivery to the open second-floor window.

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