fiberglas insulation is shit/the shit

I haven’t forgotten to keep posting; the stuff I’ve been busy with has been more mundane, though.

The city approved the rough framing and electrical work a couple weeks ago; since then I’ve been having Fun With Insulation. I just finished the last of it, and while I don’t really have the energy for a full post, I just want to say that while I appreciate what it does and that it’s an incredibly efficient insulation material (we have one room that’s been insulated properly, and it doesn’t get above 80 degrees in the summer), i HATE HATE HATE installing the stuff.

I have installed 1 and a half packs of R-13 batts in the walls, 2 packs of R-30 batts in the exposed ceiling areas, and 3 packs of R-19 batts in the attic above existing insulation (which, installed in the early 80s, was only R-7, so we now have R-26 in those areas). That’s a lot of itchy fiberglas.

Here is what I have learned doing so:
* There aren’t a heck of a lot of fuzzies, though there are more when you cut the batts, but you can vacuum them up with a vacuum cleaner
* A HEPA filter, or ghetto HEPA filter, is a godsend (I’ll post about how to make one soon), but doesn’t prevent the itch
* If you even look at fiberglas funny, you will start to itch
* The paper facing on fiberglas batts is more durable than kleenex, but not by much
* (From one of our drywall guys) If you dust yourself with talcum powder or baby powder, you can look at fiberglas as funny as you want and you won’t itch as much, until you sweat the powder off
* Tyvek suits are not built for people taller than 6 feet or with a long torso.
* The Kimberly Clark tyvek suits are slightly better built than the other brand, but still rip in the crotch if a person taller than 6 feet bends over wrong.
* Either brand of tyvek suit makes you hot and sweaty
* Installing fiberglas in 90 degree weather in an attic is a good approximation of one of the levels of hell
* Showering in cold water FIRST, after dealing with fiberglas, and shampooing and soaping with the cold water will get rid of more fiberglas bits than warm water. You can switch to warm water later, after you had a good wash with cold water.

There are probably more things I’m forgetting, but the important part is that I am now done with fiberglas for a very long time. I hope. Will post more soon.