Hey there. This video is going to show you
how to do DIY spray foam insulation, how to use it in your house to improve the efficiency
of your heating and cooling system. I’ve also got two other awesome tips for you, so
let’s get to it. The DIY spray foam insulation I’ll be talking
about today is Great Stuff, and I love it because you can use it to fill gaps up to
1”. Follow the directions, though. Make sure you shake that can for 30 to 60 seconds.
What’s cool about Great Stuff is it’s good for one-off applications, and you only
need to fill the voids by1”. Now there is also a Window & Door Great Stuff. This is
great for, you guessed it, windows and doors, especially around doorways whereby you’ve
got the jam and you’ve got a space in between the jam and the framing. So again, follow
the directions because this can says to shake it for 60 seconds; the original Great Stuff
says to shake it for 30. There’s also a Pestblock Great Stuff, and
this is pretty wonderful for if you need to insulate and also prevent pests like ants
and spiders and stuff from coming inside your house. But again, make sure that you read
the directions well. And the cool thing is there’s no pesticide in it.
And it’s super important to wear gloves when you’re using Great Stuff because this
stuff gets super tacky and sticky. And trust me, you don’t want it on your skin at all.
And you also want to wear eye protection. You don’t want Great Stuff in your eyes.
So shake the can really well like I said before – 30 to 60 seconds – and the twist no
the extension tube. But be careful. You’re going to twist it on clockwise. Not too tight
because you will break it. I’ve done this before, and it’s a real pain because you
have to buy a whole new can. So I’m going to be insulating the door between
the door and the framing. As you can see here, there’s a gap. And what you want to do is
press on that tube till the spray foam insulation comes out. Again, you only want to fill it
to the point whereby the void is about half-filled. It’s kind of hard to do with small spaces,
so don’t beat yourself up for this. You also want a rag to wipe off any excess Great
Stuff. Great Stuff is also really awesome for around
big pipes or small pipes – really good for filling those gaps.
Once the Great Stuff is cured, use a utility knife to trim off any excess. So what you’ll
do is you’ll score it on all sides, and then you just peal it off. It’s really easy
to work with. So another really great place to insulate
your house is in the rim joist. You can either buy Roxul or Johns Manville. Those are two
really great brands that I like because Roxul, you can cut to size, very simple, easy to
do; and Johns Manville is great because it’s formaldehyde-free. So pick one of those two
insulations, and fill in the rim joist. Here’s the Johns Manville Multi-Purpose
Roll that I was using for the rim joist. This is only 2” thick x 16” wide x 48” long.
You also want to use a respirator no matter what insulation you’re going to be using
along with protective eyewear. So the rim joists are, again, up above your
basement wall. And you just want to fill in the space with insulation. I would’ve preferred
Roxul, actually, for this, but this Johns Manville insulation worked out pretty good.
A third really food way to insulate your house is to insulate around the outlets and switches,
especially outlets or switches that are on exterior walls. And you can use these electric
outlets sealers by Frost King. They are super affordable, easy to install, and they’ll
stop those drafts coming in through your outlets or switches.
Remove the outlet cover by turning the screw counter-clockwise. Feel for a draft, and then
place the foam insulation over the outlet or the switch. You’ll have to poke a hole
in the center, though, for the screw for the cover plate.
So again, just put that foam over the outlet. Make sure that you try and cover it the best
that you can. And here’s what it looks like. And all you have to do is put the cover back
on, and you’re done. It’s as simple as that.
Well there you go. There are some really awesome tips for how to use DIY spray foam insulation.
I hope that you like this video. I hope you got some good tips for your own house. You’re
trying to insulate it through the winter. And even the summer months will help you out
with you heating and cooling bills. And it’ll make your house a much more comfortable place
to live and to host friends and family. So again, I hope you liked this video. If
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Take care. I’ll see you in the next video.