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Old 07-06-2018, 11:30 AM   #1
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Loose Attic Insulation Removal


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I am on working on a remodel with loose attic insulation that needs to be removed so the knob and tube can be replaced. Plus the chimney needs to be removed and some rafter bracing installed.

The ceiling joists are 2x4 32"OC, lathe and plaster beneath.

I thought about a raking and bagging. Any other ideas?

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Old 07-06-2018, 11:54 AM   #2
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Find a company with one of the big vacuums fir sucking out attic insulation and have them do it.

If you just have to do it yourself, just take it out where the k&t is, and wear a mask, there is no telling what kind if stuff you'll stir up.

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Also, SunRentals rents the vacuums. If you have one nearby.
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I would try and delay the job until August/September .... Trick is you gotta get up in there around noon/one o'clock when the stuff is warm and easier to remove....snow shovel and contractor bags is all you really need
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???

Contractors remove loose fill all year long.

There is one outstanding question: ďAre you trying to remove vermiculite? If so... donít.
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Contractors remove loose fill all year long.

There is one outstanding question: ďAre you trying to remove vermiculite? If so... donít.
sorry Barry that was some humor for guys that actually have to go up into attics and deal with such niceities.
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Lol!!!
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Contractors remove loose fill all year long.

There is one outstanding question: ďAre you trying to remove vermiculite? If so... donít.
I turned down one of those a few months ago, 18" or so of slightly shiny vermiculite. No thanks
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I turned down one of those a few months ago, 18" or so of slightly shiny vermiculite. No thanks
Just have it tested.
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Just have it tested.
Exactly. Costs $40 here, but the dump won't take it without test papers anyway so it's just a cost of doing business.
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Thanks for the heads up about vermiculite. I think it is the loose fill that homeowners buy (or used to buy) and spread themselves.

I'll post some closeup pictures
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Thanks for the heads up about vermiculite. I think it is the loose fill that homeowners buy (or used to buy) and spread themselves.

I'll post some closeup pictures
It's distinct looking, like inflated rocks. People here are scared sh!tless of it because the stuff that came from one mine had asbestos in it...and it just so happened that that particular mine supplied over half of North America with the stuff.

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Vermiculite is a valuable potting soil additive, it holds water like a sponge to improve the performance of gardens and planters, etc....

if it didn't have much bat manure or other foreign matter, I'd gift it to a local greenhouse/Nursery....
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Vermiculite is a valuable potting soil additive, it holds water like a sponge to improve the performance of gardens and planters, etc....

if it didn't have much bat manure or other foreign matter, I'd gift it to a local greenhouse/Nursery....
Nobody in their right mind would take it.
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As long as you have it tested...
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if it didn't have much bat manure or other foreign matter, I'd gift it to a local greenhouse/Nursery....
There isn't a green thumb out there that would turn down bat guano, as it is one of the best fertilizers in existence

Caves that were filled with bats like parts of Carlsbad caverns were barely navigable until they mined the 15+ feet of bat guano out creating larger caverns again.
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The death rate from Histoplasmosis is ESTIMATED at 4 % for kids and 8% of adults suffer from the pneumonia like symptoms....

In our Southern neighbor's nations, 30% of AIDS infected that succumb, died from Histoplasmosis.

Bats kill FAR more attic workers then die from the tiny bit of abestosis that occurs with natural vermiculite products....

Read a good web site to learn how to mitigate bat feces and other bird manures in attics etc....

I DON'T want to pay for your self inflicted disability, (COPD) etc...for decades till you drown in your own fluids finally....
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I DON'T want to pay for your self inflicted disability, (COPD) etc...for decades till you drown in your own fluids finally....
I don't mine for coal either...


I do worry about Hanta Virus more. A good fitting mask is very important.



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