Whenever I have a question about how to do something right – how many screws, what kind insulation is best – I search for answers on the internet and fall into a deep pit of forums. We all know what “too many cooks” will do to the broth. Internet forums manifest 1,000 cooks every time.
I’m heavily inspired and influenced by the work of Derek Diedricksen. He is a voice of reason in the world of small-structure construction. About a month ago, I got a huge bag of discarded fiberglass insulation out of a dumpster in Philadelphia. Today was the day that I had to decide what insulation is going to go into my floors. Free is good, but I’m also planning to have the house for a long time. I don’t want to sacrifice long-term comfort and efficiency to save fifty bucks in the short-term. I want to do it right, but what is the real “right?”
So what should I do? If you listen to the squawk-y experience of professional forum-posters, the only way to insulate the floor is with lots of expensive foam. You need spray foam, or lots of expensive sheets of foam. It’s unclear what will happen if you do not use a mountain of foam products, but I wouldn’t rule out death. None of these people understand how much money I DO NOT HAVE. Americans are famous spenders. We talk loud and we spit our tobaccy on the ground.
What would Deek do? Derek Diedricksen is much too busy using wine bottles to get more sunlight – he doesn’t have time to fart around with internet forums. He’s busy using the front-loading door from a washing machine as a window. To sum it up, the message – as I receive it, personally – is to build fun structures instead of becoming a clown-slave to OCD.
So, I used fiberglass insulation. It was forty-five bucks for the exact right stuff in the exact right amount. It’s in budget. The dumpstered stuff will be used in another project. I think I struck a good balance of quality and price. If I had even less money, I would have gladly just used the dumpstered stuff. Projects are easier if we don’t build mental obstacles between a hammer and an answer.