INSULATION.. Any way to make ATTIC and WALL INSULATION with recycle Items ???

Anyone knows any way of making cheap or free attic and wall insulation from recycle items? I know of a company that makes it out of recycle shreaded jeans. But then with what will I shread them and what will I wear after shreading them? It will cost me Over $600.00 for a 30x60 ft attic and thats the cheapest being on sale now at Lowes and Home Depot installing it myself. The spray on foam insulation cost an arm and a leg.. Then again I will need them for making my other projects.. haha.
I'm sure someone out there knows a way of making it or may have an idea of makin it with recycle material.. thanks..
This will be a a cool experiment or may I say a warm one.. =- }

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HandyLandy2 years ago
I have an idea of putting that Pink poly insulation thru a wood chipper, and carting it up into my attic. I also thought of shredding clothing and making a paste of flour and cornstarch similar to a pinata paste. Also melting milk jugs into insulation blocks. These are not complete thought just free forming ideas.
csolano5 years ago
There are three things you have to be aware in order to have a good insulation of any cavity in your house. Some materials will be available at any trashcan form a construction site.
Radiant energy - the one that is transmitted through solid objects -hence the need for insulation. The thing that insulates in any material is the air it has within, nothing else! Most of the ideas presented below will work, but, remember to protect the plastic bottles, paper, boxes etc. with a fire resisting layer. Polystyrene would be my choice because it is lightweight, provides excellent insulation and is found laying around anywhere. and  The best thing would be to find scrap gypsum board pieces or aluminum coated fiberglass boards from a nearby construction in your area, and put them on top of the insulation you choose. Tape it together with the holly duck tape for extra effectiveness. This will buy you at least 1 hour of fire resisting, enough for you to run for your life in case of fire!
Mark a path with walkable plywood in case you need to make repairs.
The "microwave effect" of the air inside - (same thing that happens with cars left out in the sun) - that keep on heating up without a proper way for the air to get out during summer or even in sunny winter days . This is resolved with any type of passive vent, remember that it shouldn't let water in if it rains! A window with louvers, flexible aluminum tubing form a dryer, just a way for this excessive hot air to escape! Install one for every 200 sq ft. If a louvered window is there, then you're done.
SAFETY - whatever you use for insulation should not be potentially hazardous in case a fire happens. So choose wisely!
Plastic bottles (with caps) filled with dirt. relatively fire resistant.
Dr.Bill5 years ago
you might find a shrouding company that shreds corporate documents and get the stuff by the leaf bag full 20 at a time !
think...used boxes!take used cardboard boxes,spray them with fire resistant grill paint,and staple them layer after layer until cavity is full.make sure to overlap ends and alternate overlaps in different spots to ensure no gaps/drafts.good source of used cardboard?...i work at walmart as overnight stocker.we give buggies full of boxes away every night.go there around 4 am when they are starting to clean up and crush boxes in bailer.
Could you also do something like this and THEN spray it with fire resistant grill paint?
logixenergy6 years ago
Used bedding, especially baby bedding and pajamas are treated with fire retardant. These items are not good in a landfill and are definitely suitable for insulation in the attic, crawlspace and walls. I would not go out and buy any unless I found them very cheap at a resale shop or yard sale. Nonetheless, I don't throw out my old blankets either. I put them in the attic. I have also thought about used mattresses. The smell may be a problem if you get them from a hotel or something. They would have to be sanitized first but they are generally treated with fire retardant also.
thisdude6 years ago
One of the best ones would be polystyrene, think TV and fridges packaging for big slabs of it, packing peanuts aswell, they make great insulation. Even ball up newspapers as mention below, basically materials that trap air, foams and such, a lot of cavity wall insulation is either expanding foam or they fill the walls with tiny polystyrene balls by blowing them in with a big air pump. Slabs of polystyrene would probably be the best bet, once in a while you'll see some that's 8'X4'X4' and if so grab it and slice it up to get a huge amount of insulating material. The same stuff is used and sold a lot, it's just sided with foil aswell, makes it a bit better, reflects heat back in and transmits badly on the other side, also it keeps it from coming to bits. Corrugated cardboard can work aswell, if layered up, not squashed much though as it's the air gaps that provide the insulation - air's a poor conductor, that's why cavity walls will keep a house warmer even with no packing like foam.
Putzer6 years ago
How about tacking some old carpet to the studs and filling the voids with newspapers, foam, etc. Check upholstery shops for scrap foam, they through away garbage bags full of it. The easiest thing to do would be to dress warmer.
bluefly12156 years ago
i know that in the late 20's they would use newspaper rolled up into a loose ball for insulation. Definantley not fire resistant. Now if you have house insurance, you better check to see what is accepted. Because if you have a fire and you have violated their standards they will refuse to pay out. (i used to work at home depot as a designer) Maybe you could use the foam insluation (blue or pink rigid) Just make sure it will not cause you problems down the road. the $600 might be worth it if you do sell down the road sometime, otherwise they can deduct it from the value of your home. also put a floor in so there is a barrier and it's easier to walk and store stuff. hope this helps some.
mikeasaurus6 years ago
There are countless recycled building material stores. Insulation is an item that is easy recycled as it is typically removed in large strips in demo sites, check your local directory for a recycled or second-hand building supply store. It's cheaper than new (and you'll never notice), and better for the environment!
110100101106 years ago
just stuff anything you can ! especially packaging materials anything with small spaces with air is good isolator to reduce fire risk form the isolation into bricks and wrap each with aluminium foil. that'll make it way harder to catch fire fire safety is not for the inspectors. its for you. no need to adhere to the last word of the regulations but you should keep safety in mind you may want to cover your walls from outside s they wont get wet in the rain. evaporating moisture takes a lot of heat away
There are many, many free or dirt cheap options out there, and the ideal solution for you will depend on how much insulation you need, and what kind of materials you can get in your area. I remember seeing houses being torn down in germany where the builders installed real insulation, had an inspection done, then ripped out the insulation to put in the next house, leaving people to use whatever they could get their hands on. as you might imagine, these were houses on the cheaper end of the market. For a better answer, tell us about your climate, how cold it gets at night, and about how high your standards need to be. Is this a rental place you'll move out of in a year or two? Is this a renovation on your own home? Are you concerned about passing a home inspection? If you're looking for something comparable to professional insulation but cheaper, look into Recycled Paper Cellulose, it may or may not be a lot cheaper than other materials depending on suppliers in your area. Like I said, there are a lot of options to work with. Check with local thrift stores to see if they have much donated clothing they don't consider good enough to sell, if you're shredding it and stuffing it in your walls it doesn't matter if it's got holes in it. They generally just toss this stuff in the dumpster, so if you can approach them the right way, they'll be happy to save the price of a dumpster pickup. If not, check inside the store, it could still be the cheapest source of insulating fabric you have. Anything insulating you can get your hands on will work, check local prices for straw and styrofoam peanuts. Styrofoam peanuts will probably be many many times cheaper than styrofoam fill, but it's also a lot less effective. to install any kind of loose fill like this, you can just line the relevant areas with plastic sheeting from the hardware store (I'm assuming you have wood frame on your walls to stuff insulation between), then put vertical strips of plastic across the front starting at the bottom, packing fill in as you go. Good luck, whatever your specific goal may be. :)
PitStoP (author)  peanutbutterancheese6 years ago
This winter it got as cold as 20f at night , this is my house not rented and I'm not planing to move or sell it any time soon. And I'm not having any home inspection so no worries there. the walls I want to insulate are in the attic because I want to use that space and it really needs insulation anyway. I did check for both fiberglass and that recycle paper cellulose and it was allot cheaper going with the fiberglass (R33 rating) instead. Hope this info helps. =)
jtobako6 years ago
The real trick for homemade insulation is fire resistance. The recycled cellulose insulation has a fire retardant mixed in-I think it's a bit of borax, but can't remember for sure. You might be able to use several layers of old carpet. Not sure what the fire-resistance is on that, though.