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Removing fiberglass batts without fibers all over house

Postby mikeinmi » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:38 am

I'm going to blow in cellulose insulation into my attic. My attic currently has fiberglass batts very ineffectively installed. I know I need to air seal before blowing in the cellulose to have the best effect from the insulation. I'm very frustrated trying to move/roll the batts, seal underneath, and get them back in place. The stuff is garbage and I want to start fresh. Especially near the edges where the roof is only a few inches away.

I really want to remove the fiberglass batts. I've seen a few companies advertise online that they specialize in this, and not to do it yourself because it gets fiberglass fibers all over the living space.

Is this a true concern, or is it something I can do myself? I'm figuring I could mist some water from a squirt bottle on the fiberglass, roll it carefully, and double garbage bag it. The only way I have to get it out is through the attic hatch which is in the master bedroom. :(
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Re: Removing fiberglass batts without fibers all over house

Postby SIM » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:58 pm

If the attic is warm there will be a natural draft up and into the attic to replace the warm air as it escapes. Still, you should seal the access hole before you start your work and there is no chance the fiberglass will get into your living area.
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