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Finished cut

Finished cut

The final cut had to be large enough for the smallest of the workers to crawl through. There wasn't much room because they didn't want to compromise the structural integrity of the wall by cutting away the center stud.

If you look closely, you'll see the original insulation in the attic. It's not enough to cover the joists--probably just fine when heating fuel was 30 cents a gallon 40 years ago, or even for earlier when the house was heated by a coal furnace, but woefully inadequate protection at today's high heating costs.