DIY Home Insulation
So I know I need to better insulate my attic for the coming winter but, money is tight and the to-do list is growing so I began thinking of alternative or DIY materials to do the job. I know Cellulose insulation is shredded newsprint treated with chemicals to make it mold and creature resistant, and on a small scale maybe that process could be a fun experiment, but not for 1000 sq ft.
My next thought (and current favorite) is to acquire styrofoam packing material (box inserts, packing peanuts, un-used food and drink containers) and mill them up to about the in to some uniform size. Then get some cheap plastic bag/ tube material and fill strips with a couple of inches of styrofoam. Then the blanket oâ foam could just be laid out over the existing insulation in the attic.
Now, before I start this endeavor I thought I would check with the instuctable think tank to figure out:
A) any better ideas
2) what R rating a 3 inch loose fill blanket of styrofoam and plastic would have
III) Is this a terrible idea due to moisture being trapped under the plastic
Also in a previous forum someone suggested re-routing their dryer vent to the attic and I was wondering if anyone had tried that and/or anyoneâs thoughts on that.