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Repair tear in attic insulation... (pictures included)


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Old 07-07-14, 05:51 PM
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Repair tear in attic insulation... (pictures included)

Hello Ladies and Gents,

I'm a new homeowner and also new to the doityourself.com community. My girlfriend and I recently purchased a resale home in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the home inspection, the inspector found a tear in the attic insulation. The insulation is installed in between the rafters. There seems to be a backing material stapled to the rafters and a cocoon insulation blown in behind the backing material. It appears someone had previously accidentally cut a portion of the material. There is insulation on the floor of the attic but I can't seem to find the backing material. What would be the best method of repairing this tear? I appreciate the help as I am completely clueless as to the proper route to go with this one.

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This picture is actually rotated 90 degrees to the left (the attic floor is on the right side of the picture). Not sure why it uploaded that way.
 
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Old 07-07-14, 05:58 PM
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Welcome to the forums! You can bring the slit back together and tape it with Tyvek tape or Gorilla tape. It is not going to hurt the insulation value, but I understand piece of mind in not wanting it scattered about.
 
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Old 07-07-14, 06:15 PM
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Thanks chandler! The tape will assist me in fixing the small slit. However, there seems to be a large piece of the backing material missing on the side which would connect to the rafter. Do you have any suggestions on a backing material? Or should I stuff some other insulation in there to keep the blow in insulation from falling out again? Or are you suggesting using a large amount of tape to cover the hole?
 
 

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