The next task was to remove the old fiberglass batt insulation. It has been up there for close to twenty years. Plus, it's been covered in speckles of mouse poop and bat doodoo. The infiltration of the rodents has long ago been blocked up, but their remaining little bits and pieces were still all over the batts of insulation.
The rolls of insulation batts were somewhat compressed over the years of being in the hot attic. They were beyond their level of usefulness. They had been hot and humid and full of moisture from inadequate air filtration. Some people might just roll out more batts of insulation on top of the old stuff and call it "good enough".
We determined it was best to remove the old batts of insulation and then correctly re-insulate the house with R40 or so of blown-in cellulose. This is a project we can do ourselves. Steve wants to get a good jump on this before the weather gets too hot to work up there comfortably.
Since he's been up there redoing the electrical wiring this past month, he realized on sunny days in the winter it is plenty comfortable up there to work. He would prefer to do it now than when it gets too hot this summer. The roof on our home is a medium brown tan color. But it could very easily get quite hot up there early in the spring season.
You know him, we might as well get to it now!
He decided that with my lung issues, he would be the one to do the "dirty work" and I sat this one out. Sooo he worked up there the last couple days wearing a respirator mask, gloves, overalls, and safety glasses. He immediately strips down and hits the shower as soon as he gets out of the attic each time. Thank goodness. It's pretty grubby work, for sure.
He carefully rolled up each batt and tied each of them securely with rope. He stockpiled them right at the entryway to the attic. Instead of dropping them all down the scuttle hole into the house, (ewwww) he created an easier access to remove them through the outside second story window in the gable over the front porch. He has adapted the window to make it open up completely instead of just a sash type opening of only half of the window pane at a time.
He warned me that he would start throwing things out the window so I grabbed the camera phone set on video mode.
And here they came out, bale after bale!
(my goodness what do the neighbors think of us?)
He finished off The Purge with a few extra pieces of odds and ends of wood and an old tin can that had been up there.
We are not sure what the city recycling center is going to charge us to dispose of this... It's 17 or 18 rolls of it.
As far as my own projects, I got the newest king size quilt all rolled on neatly to the quilting frame. This is going to be a really big one. I don't know if I'll be able to quilt it completely to the far end of the roll in one step. I might have to stop 3/4 of the way through and reverse it around to do the final section. It's being quilted from side to side on the rollers and not top to bottom This is probably the widest quilt I have ever done.
While I was busy today, happily sewing away on the first pass from right to left. I got down to the far left and didn't realize the bracket holding the power mechanism for my quilting machine would bump into the cabinet next to the frame. As it bumped into the cabinet I wasn't paying attention and the sewing needle went
I SEWED RIGHT THROUGH MY FINGERNAIL
AND RIGHT THROUGH MY FINGER
AND OUT THE BOTTOM SIDE!!!
I was sewn right tight to the sewing machine!!! Steve was up in the attic so he couldn't hear me to help. I quickly hit the "needle up" button and got the needle out of my finger. I applied pressure as quick as I could, while trying to unwrap a Band-Aid that I keep in my sewing drawer. It was difficult to stop the blood flow while unwrapping the bandage with my other hand.
Miraculously, there was not a single drop of blood on the quilt!!!
YAYAYYAAAA I was so happy to see that, it helped me to ignore the throbbing pain in my finger. It was so good to know that I was not going to have to be scrubbing red blood off my beautiful blue and white quilt.