To cut insulation squarely and accurately use a utility knife with snap off blade. Extend the blade all the way out and lock it. The resulting 3″- 4″ blade will make it easier to cut through thick batts of insulation.

  1. Position the insulation on a piece of scrap plywood where you want to cut it.
  2. Lay the straight edge of a piece of wood across the insulation.
  3. Kneel on one end of the insulation to compress it and run the blade down the edge of the wood for a nice square cut.

Remember, to keep the fibers from irritating your skin wear a long sleeved shirt, pants, gloves, dust mask and safety glasses.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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