In the trend of using construction materials in unconventional applications, today I filled my pallet floor with blow-in insulation.
When I went with my glorious pallets, I figured all that air space was a pretty good start, but it would be nice to have something I could pour in for some R-value. Perlite and vermiculite were considered, but vetoed because of their admirable (in other contexts) properties of absorbing moisture and holding it. That’s all I need, for my floor to suck moisture out of the very air and then hold it there, like a miser.
I called my beloved lumber supply store, where no staff member has mocked or scorned me for anything I’ve ever asked them advice about, in ten whole years. Not even a smirk. For all I’ve got up to in a decade, that’s saying something. And I still get treated with universal respect there; sometimes I’m even greeted with effusions of delight when I show up after a long absence (I have been bear-hugged by yard guys), so they apparently don’t compare notes and mock me when I leave, either. They should get a medal.
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