MARTHA HAKKALA: HANCOCK, MI

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MARTHA WAS BORN IN THIS HOUSE AND HAS LIVED HERE HER WHOLE LIFE.

SHE HEATS WITH ONE OF THOSE BIG OLD GAS HEATERS IN HER LIVINGROOM, AND HER ATTIC HAD NO INSULATION IN IT.

IT’S AN OLD MINING HOUSE,

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WE OPTED TO BLOW LOOSE-FILL CELLULOSE INSULATION INTO HER ATTIC AND KNEEWALLS.

BALES OF CELLULOSE RUN $6-$8 EACH.
WE USED ABOUT 8 IN MARTHA’S HOUSE.

HERE, THEY HAVE JUST BEEN DELIVERED BY THE LUMBERYARD,

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INSULATION IS TAKEN OUT OF THE BAG

AND EMPTIED INTO THE HOPPER (LOOKS LIKE A BLUE PLASTIC TRASH CAN)

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THE CELLULOSE HAS TO BE BROKEN APART TO REDEEM ITS INSULATIVE VALUE

AND TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE BOTTOM.
OUR LUMBERYARDS LOAN YOU THE HOPPER FOR THE JOB, FREE.

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THE CELLULOSE GETS PULLED

THROUGH A VACUUM HOLE WITH A HOSE ATTACHED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOPPER.

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AND BLOWN INTO THE ATTIC AND KNEEWALLS IN MARTHA’S HOME.

IT’S BEST IF YOU CAN GO IN THROUGH AN ATTIC WINDOW OR RIDGE VENT BECAUSE IT IS A VERY DUSTY SITUATION INDOORS.
IN THIS CASE WE WENT IN THROUGH AN UPSTAIRS WINDOW, AND VACUUMED AND WIPED THINGS OFF AFTERWARDS.

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BRIDGE SCHOOL TEAM OF THE DAY.

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THANKS, AGAIN!

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If you’re going to blow cellulose into an attic, you should first seal the penetrations (obvious holes, wire penetrations, etc.) with spray foam.  Also, if there is exposed electric, that is a whole scenario that needs to be first addressed by a contractor.