I am wanting to insulate my 30x30 shop with 2x4 walls on 2 foot centers. Is there an online source for insulation or is Lowes or home depot the cheapest place to go. Money is getting tight. I can use r13 or r-19. I live in Kentucky. The winters get cold but it is not like some of you guys up north. And this is a garage/hobby shop not a place of business.
Any suggestions? I have done a search and found unfaced r-19 for 30 bucks for 75 square feet but if I am figuring right that comes up to
Just shop locally. Put an ad WANTED, CASH ON DELIVERY, and you may just get a real deal on some that was "left over from a job." Make sure it's delivered, and you don't pick it up on any jobsite. If someone has an abundance of it, you may get it and get it installed for what you would pay for it at the Borg. I hate hanging insulation.
Fairly bulky, I doubt you can mail order it. Why unfaced? Faced gives you something to staple to the studs or trusses to hold it in place before drywalling. Btw, I think drywall is cheaper than osb and it adds a lot of fire resistance to your building.
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Here osb is less than 6 bucks a sheet but to be honest it is not just the cost but the fact I have to mudd drywall and I have never done that before.
By the way guys, a local contrator is selling insulated 2 inch thick foam sheets that came out of a school remodel for 10 bucks a sheet. Would styrofoam type insulation between the rafter beams work for insulation? (With osb underneath?)
I live near Tennessee not up north but it would be nice to heat it up nice with a keroscene heater.
-Here osb is less than 6 bucks a sheet but to be honest it is not just
-the cost but the fact I have to mudd drywall and I have never done
-By the way guys, a local contrator is selling insulated 2 inch thick
-foam sheets that came out of a school remodel for 10 bucks a sheet.
-Would styrofoam type insulation between the rafter beams work for
-insulation? (With osb underneath?)
-I live near Tennessee not up north but it would be nice to heat it up
-nice with a keroscene heater.
The problem with both ideas is fire resistance. Styrofoam is a good insulator, but I doubt much better than fiberglass and is so flammable, same with OSB. I would pay extra for drywall and fiberglass. Drywall is super easy to work, especially when compared to OSB. You can simply cut the paper on one side with a utility knife, and break it like glass. Then run your knife down the valley caused by the break and fold to free the pieces. Tape and paper is very simple too. I would guess the taped drywall would add more insulation value than OSB. OSB would be tough, but I would put it over the drywall only where needed for durability, and that shouldn't be very much.
check your phone book for insulators, when I did my place I saved a bunch over the prices at the DIY building stores, They quoted me the material w/o installation and with installation, I just bought the stuff and put it in myself.
My ceiling joists were 18-20" on centers, I had to buy all 24" wide and cut it all down to fit, a real PITA. ( 100 year old building).
Unless you're expecting your walls to look like those in a $1 million custom home, you'll learn enough in a half-hour to do a credible job. And you can always use the old custom-home trick to make those walls really smooth: use two layers of 3/8" drywall, the first applied normally and horizontally, and the second layer glued to the first, vertically, with a few screws and construction adhesive. This will give you perfectly aligned edges on the top layer and will make the taping *much* easier. You'll also have sounder, slightly thicker walls than you get with one layer of 5/8".
I've done around 10 or 15 rooms over a span of 30 years, and my work looks as good or better than the best commercial jobs I've seen. It's the old story about being able to take a little longer than the pros to get it right.
--My thought on the osb was to paint the sheets with primer then paint
--before screwing them into the walls/ceiling.
--I keep going back and forth on the drywall/osb thing. I cant seem to
--make up my mind.
If you are really stuck on this, maybe drywall and trim strips.
OSB is going to leave raw seams unless you trim it with something, and you still have fire issues. How about using drywall and trim strips instead of mud and tape? Mobile homes use this method to remain flexible while traveling. You could rip 1" strips of something like Masonite, or just buy flat 1" trim, and fasten it with small nails.
I use a medium sized kitchen meat knife, kept sharp with liberal use of a steel. Slice with long gentle strokes at a shallow angle. 2 or 3 strokes and you're through. Cuts clean without ripping. Or, saw gently back and forth through the whole batt.