Insulate an attic scuttle door
Build a fiberglass pillow
Stack insulation batts on top of the duct tape so they extend about 1 in. on each side. Then secure the "pillow" with the duct tape.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
If you have an attic access panel in your ceiling and are concerned about heat loss, don’t despair. You can easily insulate and weatherstrip it in about an hour.
Here’s one good method. Staple long pieces of duct tape (sticky side up) onto the attic scuttle door. Then add insulation batting to form a pillow and wrap it up like a birthday present as shown. Add foam insulation tape around the edges to seal the perimeter where it rests in the access hole.
Figure A: Attic Scuttle Details
The details of your own attic access panel may vary, but the insulation techniques and materials will still work.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- Duct tape
- Fiberglass insulation
- Foam tape