DTE has gnomes who thwart my attempts to cut into their profits
Submitted by murph on 13 October 2007 - 1:15pm. houseone
You may recall my commenting that I needed to insulate the walls where the first floor attic abuts the second floor walls of the house. Today, I measured the estimated area to insulate from the inside side of the walls, checked stud spacing in the crawlspace access, and bought a Sunfire-load of pink insulation from Home Depot. I suited up, including facemask and safety glasses, to ward off the evil fiberglassy bits, and ventured into the attic. Where a surprise awaited.
You see, the first-floor attic access is in the back of a second-floor closet that's cut into said attic. So, from the access, about the only thing you can see without going all the way into the attic is that back wall of the closet, about 7 feet wide, that you're sticking your torso through the middle of. That's uninsulated. Upon crawling around, though, I found that this part is the only uninsulated part - the rest of the backside of the walls is pretty well insulated. Including the closet sidewalls. So this isn't just an issue of somebody installing, and not insulating, the closet after everything else had been done - they just, for some reason, didn't insulate the back wall of the closet, the most accessible part, when they did all the hard parts. WTF?
So my insulating adventure was cut mightily short, using only a small fraction of my Sunfire-load of fiberglass. At first, I was annoyed - all that overhead preparation for so little actual work? But wait - now I have unexpected free time to do something else! But, no, I was right the first time. The purpose of this was not to insulate - that was merely the mechanism for stopping heat loss. Meaning that my effort to stop heat loss was largely thwarted! Curses!
I decide to switch tactics in persecuting this war against heat loss - I can make some pretty decent headway against air infiltration in that somewhat poorly finished closet, pulling out a victory! And - wait, what? Joint compound goes moldy?! Well, poop. And Cara's got the car, so I can't even go exchange my redundant insulation for joint compound. DTE's evil gnomes have just completely out-maneuvered me, haven't they?
Plan C: give up and go grumble on one's blog. Sigh.