10 Videos To Watch Before Installing InSoFast

When we founded our company back in 2006, one of our core goals was to make insulation simple. Soon after the launch we started our Youtube channel with informative videos about our product specifications and installation tips. Chances are if you have an InSoFast question, you can find a detailed video on our channel that answers it. From How-To guides, to customer project overviews and interviews, these visual guides act as a resource to make your project flow even smoother.

As an alternative to sifting through our extensive Youtube channel history, we’ve decided to compile ten highlights from over the years. These selections describe the engineering and philosophy behind InSoFast, while also providing some valuable installation information you’ll need to get started. We even included a few important videos created by other professionals in the field. So before installing InSoFast take a few minutes to sit back and watch these 10 videos:

2 R’s Won’t Make Your U: Improving Thermal Performance in Large Buildings

In this video created by Engineering.com, Building Science Professional Mark Lawton discusses R-Values and variables that affect the thermal performance of insulation. Did you know that common insulation procedures can decrease the R-Value by 50%? This is one of the flaws in traditional insulation that we’ve addressed in the engineering of InSoFast panels. Our design provides continuous insulation which prevents thermal bridging, meaning your InSoFast wall will maintain it’s R-Value long after other foams and fills have failed. The video explains why addressing these variable is important.

InSoFast Production

Everyone likes to know how things are made. This short clip from an episode of The DIY Network’s Renovation Realities shows how closed cell foam beads are molded into our interlocking panels. All of our manufacturing takes place in the United States.

Loctite PL Premium Strong!

So what’s the deal with the adhesive? Well, this silly test from Loctite shows just how much PL Premium holds up. But to get technical, we worked with a third-party independent testing facility to evaluate the power of our engineered stud/adhesive bond. The astounding results concluded the safety factor at over 400 times the weight of standard ½-in drywall. Most structural beam systems are engineered to a safety factor of only 2-3 times their rated loading. That’s a lot of weight!

Moisture Control Channels

What happens when you combine Kool-aid and InSoFast? You can see the moisture control channels at work. In this clip Dean describes why moisture drainage is important and what can happen if it’s not properly addressed. But more importantly he demonstrates the capabilities of InSoFast’s engineered moisture control channels…with blue Kool-aid.

Exterior Siding Project

For those of you thinking about using InSoFast to insulate the exterior of your home, this video is a must see. We speak with the foreman of an energy retrofit project in eastern Pennsylvania who talks about the decisions involved when updating an old home. It’s the introduction to a six part Exterior Retrofit series that we produced last year. Watch the entire series on our Exterior InSoFast playlist.

Setting up the InSoFast Interlock Pattern

In this How-To video the inventor of InSoFast gives a demo on setting up the InSoFast Interlock Pattern. Although the panels are super easy to install, visually witnessing the interlock is always helpful.

Frame and Insulate a Basement Wall in Under 10 Minutes

That’s right. Dean and Ed installed InSoFast on a basement wall in under 10 minutes! For the sake of your time we even sped up the video so you can see this remarkable feat in action in just under 3 minutes. Ed also gives a few install tips, when we resume back to real time. We highly suggest this video for InSoFolk planning on using the panels for basement purposes.

InSoFast Mechanical Fasteners Guide

A quick but informative watch for people interested in alternatives to adhesives.

How to Install Drywall to The InSoFast Panel

Our Drywall video is a popular one. It’s a simplified guide for the homeowner to install drywall over InSoFast panels. You’ll learn the best methods for securely fastening screws into the drywall and InSoFast stud.

Hanging a Big Screen TV onto InSoFast

Can InSoFast handle the weight of my TV? Over the years this has been one of our top five FAQ’S! So logically we created this video to make the process easier for InSoFolk looking to hang TV’s onto InSoFast. Find the studs, attach your TV mount, install the TV back plate, and voilà.

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  • Ed

    what is the best way to insulate between floor joists behind your panels

    • This is an excellent question! While our panels are not specifically designed to best address the situation, we have some suggestions.

      First off, we generally don’t recommend extending the InSoFast panels into the floor joist area unless you are certain the gap left behind them will be entirely air-sealed. This area of the home tends to attract a lot of air-flow and incidental condensation if not dealt with properly. Instead, install the panels up to the bottom of the floor joists and then insulate the receding rim joist areas separately. We have a page on our website with diagrams devoted to best practices and cost-effective solutions for this issue -> http://insofast.com/ux-panels/installation/rim-joist.php

      To stay on budget and maintain DIY-friendliness, we’d recommend cutting or using scraps InSoFast panels in combination with spray foam to fill in these cavities.

  • del061

    While watching the videos, I kept hearing about INSOFAST studs. Are the studs the black lines? The video I watched first, also mentioned water and how the water must be allowed to flow or something. The wall they worked on appeared to be concrete or some form of cinder blocks. So, where are the studs and where does the water go? Thanks in advance

    • Yes, the “black lines” are the built-in studs. They are embedded in every panel we manufacture. In our EX series, they are covered by a half inch of additional foam so you won’t see black on the front, but they are still demarcated for ease of installation. Here’s a link with information and videos about the studs if you are interested in learning more.

      Water is everywhere. In fact, concrete is a moisture-cured compound that will always have some measure of water content in it. When insulating a structure, it is very important to address the potential for moisture being in the building materials so that you don’t invite conditions for mold and mildew. The InSoFast panels are designed with channels that allow water to do what water does if it’s present: condense, evaporate, flow, drain, etc. Trapped moisture is what leads to problems, so our panels help keep it moving.

      Assuming you were referring to this video, it’s an exaggerated demonstration of how water would be allowed to move out of an exterior wall system. Exteriors are subject to very different conditions than an interior basement such as wind-driven rain that gets pushed behind building layers, but the concept is the same: keep moisture moving. In exteriors, the water can be drained from the channels at the bottom of the wall.

      You can also install a drainage system in a basement to integrate with the InSoFast panels, but it’s not always necessary. It’s better to employ tactics that resolve moisture conditions, such as waterproofing sealers, before installing InSoFast. Our channels won’t solve water problems in a basement, but they will help prevent and mitigate them.

      • del061

        Wow, very thorough response! FYI, I found InSoFadt on Pinterest in the DIY sections! Thanks for the info

        • Always happy to help, thanks for sharing where you found us!