Soft Touch. Imagine batt insulation as soft as an old pair of jeans. Made from cotton, UltraTouch is nonirritating and noncarcinogenic, and contains no formaldehyde. It’s fire- and pest-resistant and provides R-values similar to those of more conventional fiberglass batts. I found a 106-square-foot package of R-13 selling for $65 on the Web. Bonded Logic, 480/812-9114, bondedlogic.com

Hole Sealer. Air-sealing and fire-stopping probably don’t rank high on your list of favorite tasks, but at least you can do both jobs at the same time with Gun Foam II. Identified as a fire-stopping material by its bright orange color, the product satisfies ASTM-814, UL-1715, and the IRC. It dries tack-free in about 10 minutes and has a shelf...

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