I purchased my first home about 6 months ago. Due to my own ignorance, and what I view as a poor job by my home inspector, I finally figured out that my attic insulation is very poor and insufficient.
I live in Connecticut, and the current attic insulation is something called Balsam Wool. The home was built in the 1950's and the insulation is probably that old. Some parts it is just torn up or isnt there. Most other areas its probably less than 2 inches thick.
It looks to have backing on both sides. I believe, correct me if im wrong, the backing should face down.
I am leaning toward redoing it all completely; ripping it all out and starting fresh.
Obviously, ive never done this before but it doesnt seem too big a job.
1. Id like some recommendations on the most efficient, yet affordable options I should use
2. What to do with wiring. There are some recessed lighting in the attic floor. I believe they are IC compliant. Much of the electrical wiring runs on top or beside the existing insulation and is stapled down. Should I just unstaple it all and keep it lose so I can lay down the insulation underneath it?
3. Once its all done, I am sure the insulation will sit above the house framing. I know you dont want to compact the insulation so how exactly do you make it so you can get any possible future work done up there? What I mean is, how do you make it so you can still move around if the beams are covered or you cant see the beams due to the high insulation?