Insulating with the AttiCat Insulation Blown-In Insulation System is engineered to make your job simple and easy. A job can usually be completed in less than 4 hours from start to finish. There's very little mess, since the product expands inside the machine and produces very little dust. The self-feeding system puts insulation where you want it - let the machine do the work for you. AttiCat Insulation maintains R-value over time and provides temperature and sound control. Performances that can help provide you with more comfort and help to lower monthly heating / cooling costs.
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97%of customersrecommend this product83 of 86reviews
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97%of customersrecommend this product83 of 86reviews
Wanted to use the Atticcat machine,but with only 50'of hose that was not going to work. How does OC expect you to use this thing in a two story home? I would have had to move it into the attic to get to all of the space...not to mention having to get the machine and materials upstairs. My advice is to check twice before you try this thing. This is only suitable for Hobit house IMHO!
Cons: Difficult to Use
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Review 2 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
No remote, Short hose. Do not trust the instruction video.
PostedOctober 28, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
The insulation and the machine themselves are probably okay. However, contrary to the claim in the instructional video on the Home Depot product page, there was no remote control included and the hose was only 50' as opposed to 100'. I found that after reaching home and I called back the store but they said they had neither.
There is no way you can run the machine from your driveway/garage as suggested, with a 50' hose. I put the machine right under the attic entrance, but still could not get to the farther corners of my attic. I had bought 10 bags to avail free machine rental but could only properly use 5 bags. The other 5 would have been used in the farther ends, but since the hose was not long enough, I ended up using more than required insulation in the area where the hose could reach. Returning those 5 bags would not have made sense because then I would have been required to pay for the rental.
Overall, the task was made more difficult because of the misleading information. Shorter hose forced us to carry this heavy machine upstairs. Running it inside the house also meant more cleanup, and the lack of remote made the task of stopping/starting more difficult even though I had another person helping me.
In the end, I spent the money but still couldn't get the insulation where it was needed the most. I would advise not to trust the claims in the video and call the store ahead and plan accordingly.
Cons: short hose, no remote, misleading information
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Review 3 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
from Brownsville, TX, USA
Age Range:35 to 44
Home Improvement Profile:Other
PostedAugust 1, 2013
I wanted to do it myself. I have a 1700sqf attic. so by calculation I needed 26 bags for a R30. 26x29$=754$. Then I contact a pro on internet and took me 650$ for the job... and only 2 hours to do it... So think about it before!
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Review 4 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
I was surprised by the claim of expansion seemed to be correct, however trying to get the product from the machine to the attic was horrible. It took us over an hour to get just one bag through the machine and up to the attic, multiply that by 10 bags. If you are going to use this product DO NOT go by what they state for timing. The problem lies with the machine. The insulation is packed so tight in the bags, even adding only 1/2 a bag as directed. The hopper gets clogged after about 2 minutes of running the product. The tips of the augers just arent strong enough to break the insulation up. You have to stop the machine, unplug it, then break the insulation up with your hands, which is a messy, wasteful time consuming thing to do. With no exageration, you have to stop the machine after about 2 minutes, and break the insulation up again, before it will run through the hose. Once you do get it running it works good, until 2 minutes later. While overall I think the product is good, they need to go back to the drawing board and re-design the augers. All I can say is i'm glad you only have to iinsulate your attic once.
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Review 5 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
Auger on the blower keeps cutting out. 22 bales of insulation took 10 hrs toget in the attic. When we finished we were happy this is DONE ONCE. 16 to 20 inches in the attic is an R49 or so. Called owens corning on how to reset the blower. Home depot agreed to give me the extra day. It would be nice if someone fixes the auger and blower so it runs properly.
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Review 6 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
This product was easy to handle and manipulate in the attic it covered well and got into the cracks that others missed. I liked the way the pieces of the insulation were even and not just mangoled. The plastic coverings were easy to remove with a knife and most anyone could handle them being not to big in size or to heavy. I enjoyed using this product thank you.
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Review 8 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
I purchased 30 bags for a 1300 square foot attic that had R11 in it. I had trouble making the insulation lay flat like in the youtube video. Everytime I tried to shoot it into a low spot it would blow the insulation everywhere. I eventually got the hang of it and it went fairly well. The best idea is to shoot it straight up in the air and let if fall like snow. We pushed 30 bags through the machine in 2 hours and 20 minutes. I also installed the Owens Corning stairway insulator.
I can already feel the difference upstairs lets hope it saves me some money.
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Review 9 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
My wife fed the blower and I stayed in the attic. Took way longer than we expected. Years ago I worked for a company that blew in cellulose insulation, the machine was 3 times faster, the Arctic Cat blower took 6 hours to blow in 17 bags. Over 10% of the product blew out of the machine onto the ground, we had to move the machine into my box trailer so we wouldn't cover our neighbors property with insulation. Once in the trailer My wife would scoop the insulation that blew out of the machine and put it back in when the product got low enough in the machine. The Home Depot Store is over an hour away one way and we had the last machine they had to send out so we just dealt with the poor running machine. I did however like the insulation better than the cellulose insulation and was surprised at how it did not itch like normal fiberglass insulation.
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Review 10 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
I recently closed on a home that had a rodent issue in the attic. After speaking with my inspector, and a separate exterminator, it was determined that the attic’s insulation was populated with fresh rodent feces and urine.
Unfortunately, this animal byproduct houses Hantavirus, which is pretty harmful to one’s respiratory system.
To get the attic back to normal, this required the old insulation to be removed, any rodents to be exterminated, any rodent access points to be closed, the attic be disinfected, and new insulation be installed.
I’m not going to lie; removing the old insulation was no fun. Even with the powerful insulation vac I rented, it was still an awful project.
With an airless sprayer, and a mixture of diluted chlorine, I was able to disinfect the entire attic in 40 minutes.
After completing the above tasks, it was time for some new insulation.
-This stuff is so easy to use. I insulated my home (1400 sq ft) in 2 hours.
-The remote at the nozzle of the hose was a super nice touch, and worked well.
-The machine is easy to use, and has big wheels for easy movement.
-The two hose sections were plenty long for my house.
-The insulation shoots pretty far so you can hit hard to access areas.
-I bought 30 bags, but only needed 19. I returned the rest, and was refunded.
-I wore sleeves and pants, but didn’t notice this insulation as being itchy.
-I noticed a temperature difference almost immediately, and now my home sits around R32-R38.
-To properly use this product, you really need two people; one on the hose, and one feeding the machine.
-You have to be a few feet away to get the insulation to lie down. If you pointed the hose close (within 12”) to the target area, it would come out with such force, that the insulation would blow out of the desired area. I used the roof and AC ducts to deflect the insulation into the desired area.
-The machine is pretty big, and would be a pain to transport if the renter didn’t have a truck.
I was happy with this product, and Home Depot made the experience very positive. If you need insulation in your home, this is easy to do, and requires minimal effort.
20out of20found this review helpful.
Review 11 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
We have a 1000 sq ft attic that is at its highest 40", because of all the rafters/braces there is no way to even get to the edges/corners. We wanted around an R-30 (we already had some old R-9 insulation that we covered over), we bought 18 bags, but only used 15. It took 3 hours to blow the insulation and a couple hours before to prep.
We covered our can lights with home depot boxes (make sure to keep the flaps on one side to close the top so insulation doesn't get in). We built up around our attic opening to 10" using a 2x6 and built up 10" of cardboard around our furnace vent.
If your attic is really tight like ours I would recommend blowing insulation near the edges and corners first then down the center, this will cause you to go back and forth a couple times but well worth it. The insulation needed will be too tall to see the rafters once blown. First, I would kneel on the rafters as close to the edge as possible (really only to the braces) and blow 3 sections at a time, then stop the machine (if our remote worked this would be 100 times easier, and a 5 star review) and move to another section. One of our biggest concerns was not blocking the vents we have in between every other rafter tail. I would recommend blowing the insulation into the non-vented cavity and that way the overflow stays away from the vents.
It was also difficult to get around venting/pipes/ducts, etc. I would recommend blowing around all the duct work second.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy to Work With, High Quality, Light Weight
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Our Attic with duct work, old insulation and boxes over our can lights
Over our garage with no insulation
Finally done after 3 hours, bedrooms should be super cozy
Ok, much more than 10"
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Review 12 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
GREAT PRODUCT Home Depot matched the price of the insulation from another store, had free use of blower and experienced advise. I had 10" if insulation and added another 10 on a 1900 square foot ranch. It took 2 people and 3 1/2 Hrs. from start to finish. I just wish I had done this earlier because it was so EASY.
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Review 13 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
I bought a great older block home built in 1969. The attic insulation was poor, maybe 3 inches at most. I had HORRIBLE electric bills over the summer. July $450.00...August $435.00 September $379.00. I decided enough was enough!! I bought 15 bags of the ATTTICAT insulation and got FREE use of the blower.
My very nice neighbor down the street brought a friend of his along and together they got the entire attic (which is under 1,000 square feet ) done in about 3 hours. My R value is at about R49 now give or take.
Since this was just done today, it's too soon to know how much I will save in the future, but it's got to be more than I was saving now which was ZERO. My attic looks like mounds of PINK COTTON CANDY. Since Pink is my favorite color, and I adore the PINKPANTHER....How can I go wrong?
I'm happy with the results and would encorage anyone considering this project to just do it..all you've got to lose is high energy bills...and a headache! Also. make sure you buy your supplies before the tax credit ends on December 31, 2010!!
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Review 14 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
The Atticat system is extremely simple to use! My wife and I blew-in 10 bales into a 475SQF attic. 10 bales gets you the machine rental free for a day!
The machine is extremely easy to setup and use. Just connect the power and the 100ft hose,and you are all set! My wife fed the bails while I sprayed. It took us about an hour and a half to setup, blow the 10 bales, and cleanup. This is perfect for the do-it-yourselfer like us.
Be sure to wear long sleeves, goggles, and a mask. This is fiberglass and it will definitely irritate!
2 weeks into it we notice a drastic difference. The upstairs stays much warmer and the furnace kicks on far less than it used to. Can't wait to see the difference in the gas bill!
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Review 16 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
I got a quote from HD to add R30 in my 850 sq. ft. attic for 1400 bucks. The cost for me and a buddy to blow 10 bags, rent the truck, and the machine, only cost $375 and took two hours. This has to be the easiest DIY job yet! Make sure you've cleaned all the storage and boxes out of your attic, duck tape an extendable pool to the end of the hose, and tell your friend to feed bags into the machine until they're gone. With all 100 feet of hose in use the machine will only throw the insulation about 8 feet past the hose, but with an extension pole you can reach most places safely and quickly. I blew so much insulation that my attic looks smaller. Before, if it was below 30 degrees outside, my heater would run constantly. Now, my heater only has to run a fraction of the time.
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Review 17 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
Needed to insulate a wall for sound proofing a nursery. After receiving a qoute just to sound proof room was $700-$900...No brainer. Decided to purchase 15 bales and add some insulation in the attic at the same time. Couple of hours work, noticeable reduction in sound coming through wall, and noticeable difference in thermostat. Recommended this as an easy home project to all my friends.
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Review 18 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
After giving the attic a good look over, I decided I needed more insulation. When they built the house, the missed some places. I watched the videos of this on YouTube, and it looked simple so I decided to do it myself with the help of my wife. I was concerned because my wife has back problems. I picked up the machine and insulation in the afternoon. Prior to this, I redid the soffit vents. Early the next morning I cut all the bales of insulation in half as the directions state and put them all on a table outside to make it easy on my wife. The hose on the machine is 100 ft. long, so I went through my garage access and was able to reach all the way to the back of the attic. This was extremely nice because I didn't have to move the machine into the house to get the far corners of the attic. The hose also has on/off controls so I was able to control everything. That made it extremely nice. The insulation blew in very easily with no dust, etc. It's easy to control and get insulation where you want it. If I ever have to do it again, I'll definitely use the AttiCat system. I would recommend watching the YouTube video from Owens Corning so that you can see ahead of time how everything works.
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Review 19 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
24 bags in 6 hours: with some planning and a good machine.
The daughters’ townhouse needed some improvement over the half baked insulating job from the original developer. The attic is somewhat a nightmare with vaulted ceilings, 25” truss roof framing, secondary sheathing as pseudo support and some very inaccessible areas. More time was actually spent planning how to maneuver through the trusses, laying 2X’s as a walkway and testing the egress paths.
Scaling the floor plan, the insulation conversion chart on the bags was truly accurate. The machine worked great with the only downside as mention was the loading. We quartered the bundles to get them into the machine and set up a loading assembly line prior to starting. The side mount cutter wouldn’t do the job; the daughter unfortunately had to be the loader. The insulation occasionally needed some assistance into the hopper, 5 gallon paint stirring sticks helped. The townhouse attic space only has 1 access point from the garage. The two lengths of hose were able to make the entire run through the truss rafters and the hose mounted remote control made controlling and maintaining a gap between the roof to ceiling easy and efficient. Adapting a painting extension stick to the hose solved the hard to reach area issue and those narrow cavities were filled without blocking any ventilation or short changing the area.
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Review 20 for Atticat Loose Fill Blown-In Insulation
I used 18 bags in my attic and it took approx. 1.5 hours(two guys one at the machine and one in the attic), faster than I was expecting. Very good produce to work with not dusty at all and minimal itching. Remote on/off switch on the hose comes in very handy.