Attic Insulation 2 - Tools and Materials Checklist

An overflowing toolbox.

In part 1 of this series, you learned about the concept of R-value, as well as the need to verify that your new insulation meets the standards of your local building code. This installment lists all the tools and materials you will need to install your new insulation.

Tools for Fiberglass

Dust mask

Circular saw

Goggles

Utility knife

Gloves

Staple gun

Light staples

Pencil

Heavy-duty paper

Work light

Extension cord

Hammer

String

Steel tape measure

Materials for Fiberglass

16 penny nails

Flexi-vent material

Clothing to fully cover (optional)

Duct tape

Fiberglass insulation

Vapor barrier (6 ml. visquine)

2x4 boards

Tools for Blown-In Cellulose

Hole saw

Blowing machine

Drill

Trouble light

Spackling knife

Extension cord

Materials for Blown-In Cellulose

Cellulose

Long, straight board

Spackle

Tools for Rigid Foam Panels

Circular saw

Level

Ramset (rental)

Utility knife

Materials for Rigid Foam Panels

Rigid foam panels (regular or panels closed cell)

2 inch extruded foam

Exterior adhesive

2x2 furring

Tar paper strips

Sheet metal

Adhesive flashing

Shim material

Drain pipe

Vapor barrier (6 mi. visquine)

Gravel

Tools for Ventilation

Caulking gun

Drill

Hole saw

Materials for Ventilation

Tape

Soffit ventilation

Plastic plugs

Caulk

Vent

Waterproofing

Closable vents

Continuous ridge tiles vent

Drain

Pipes

Wind turbine

Sump pump

That's it! Whatever kind of insulation or ventilation you choose to install, the tools you need are right here. Just keep this list handy as you move forward with your project. Speaking of which, part 3 in this series has all the information you'll need to do the job safely.