My attic hatch insulation kit came in the mail this morning and I am very excited. Excited enough to go into a hot dusty attic to install it over the weekend.


I promised Michele that I will practice the Yoga of home improvement projects and keep the cursing down to a minimum. My home improvement projects usually involve some cursing. I worked part time as a janitor when I was in high school and that is where I learned some pretty spicy language. I didn’t intend to write about cursing here, but since I am in this so deep now, then damn it, I may as well connect the topic to some cutting edge scientific research. You got a problem with that?

British scientists found that cursing takes away pain. When people put their hands in a tub of cold water and cursed, they could hold their hands in longer than if they said things like, “butterscotch”. If you don’t want to take my word for it, you no-good so-and-sos, the research results were

published in the online journal NeuroReport.


The attic hatch insulation kit will save us some energy losses and utility bill pain in the long run. According to the DOE Weatherization Assistance program, a gosh darn uninsulated 10 square foot attic hatch in a 100 square foot insulated attic can decrease the overall R-value of the attic floor by more than 50%! For example, an attic with R-38 insulation everywhere but on top of a stinking quarter-inch plywood hatch with an R-value of approximately 0.3 will have an overall R-value of only R-17. What a freaking waist! Bloody hell!

You can find out more about insulating attic hatches at the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site. Do it now!





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