Using an OLFA Knife to Cut Insulation

The insulation job has taken a long time. Since this has been a one man job, it’s been time consuming. Believe me, my patience has been tested once again with this renovation. We’ve had a couple of delays which I don’t even want to get into, but I will say, it was a weather related issue that played a role in setting us back. When we take one step forward, we get knocked back two or three steps.


So how do I deal with it? Well, I deal with this renovation job in a few ways. For one thing, having this blog helps. It’s an outlet where hopefully our renovation experience will help others who are considering a small or big renovation. Hopefully, some of our stories and tips will be of some assistance to others.

I also write about other topics on this blog–like home decor, because one of these days, this renovation will segue into painting rooms, choosing furniture, and adorning walls. Since that will be the fun part, it’s also fun writing about these things.

I also like to write about fun places to visit and share the sites with followers. So if I write about topics other than the actual renovation, it doesn’t mean there’s a work stoppage at the house. John lives, eats and breathes working at the house on a daily basis. It’s just that I don’t feel like writing every nitty gritty detail about the insulation job, and more than likely, if I did, some of my followers would be saying, “Oh, no, it’s ANOTHER blog post on insulation–but she has already written a dozen posts on it, why another? So I mix it up a bit and write about other things. I think it’s always good to be diversified.

For the past couple of months, John has been cutting batts of fiberglass insulation which takes time because they’re so thick and fuzzy. He’s been using an extremely sharp no-slip OLFA knife. A task that seems so simple requires focus, one little distraction with this knife, and he’ll be headed to the emergency room.


The OLfA knife produces an extremely clean and neat cut every time. John lays the batt on a piece of plywood with the paper vapor barrier facing up and cuts it in one single stroke. He has to be careful because he can also cut his knee. He always wears a mask and eye protection.

I have thought that the insulation job was finished on at least five occasions. But just this morning, John had to buy two more bundles at Home Depot. The receipts from Home Depot are automatically e-mailed to me and my eye always goes to how much was spent again at Home Depot. I truly believe that today’s insulation purchase will be the last. But, you never know.

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10 thoughts on “Using an OLFA Knife to Cut Insulation

  1. I enjoy your blog. Never bored. I admire John’s skill and work ethic. During all the disruption in your life with this renovation you hold down a full time job that keeps you on your feet for hours while helping John and writing this interesting blog, so I do admire you too. Thank you.

  2. I ,too, really enjoy the diversity of your blog and the frequency of your posts. I am currently laid up recovering from an injury, so I especially appreciate all of the different adventures you share that I can vicariously experience 🙂 I can travel the world, go shopping, gain knowledge, and see all the accomplishments you make through slow and steady progress. Especially seeing the incremental, consistent steps are encouraging as I likewise am going through each step of recovery. Thank you both for your openness and willingness to share with your readers. <3

  3. I would also put a scrap of 2×4 on top to compress it before I cut.

    Remember, it’s the dull edges that are dangerous. A sharp blade is actually safer.

  4. After all this time, your blog is still an almost-daily stop for me while web surfing. I’m eager to see the finished results.

    Since John is all-consumed with this project, what will he do with himself once the house is (essentially) done?

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