In the middle of January 09 as our thoughts turned to renovating the next bedroom we had a minor revelation!
The original thinking of removing the plaster and lath walls to insulate and then replace with plasterboard was time consuming, expensive and a job that I certainly did not enjoy. It was time to revisit the whole insulation idea!
As we had removed the first bedroom’s walls we knew that there were no noggins in the walls and weatherboards are relatively easy to remove so we looked at what type of pump in insulation were available in Tasmania. A visit to the Home Ideas Centre in Launceston (Now Building Selection Centre, 262 York Street, Launceston(2016)) and a chat to the very friendly management gave us the brochure for ESNI (Environmentally Safe Natural Insulation) a Queensland based company with a Tasmanian agent based in Launceston. They manufacture a cellulose fibre insulation which is made from recycled newspaper with borax and boric acid added to make it vermin and fire resistant.
Ken Bauer came to have a look and gave us a very reasonable quote for pumping it into the walls and topping up the ceiling. I will remove and replace the weatherboards.
This way means that we will have all the walls insulated before winter sets in and it was poor time management to remove the perfectly good plaster and lath walls never mind the environmental impact as plasterboard manufacture is quite energy intensive as well as the fuel needed for the transport of the plasterboard and getting rid ofthe plaster and lath.