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Installing Fiberglass Insulation

 

 

Installing fiberglass insulation.

 

1. Fill all voids

The key to quality wall insulation job is tight fitting battens that completely fill the stud cavity with

no voids or gaps. You can do top quality work with only a few basic tools. You’ll need a utility knife

with a good supply of sharp blades, a tape measure and a straightedge, and a 3 inch putty knife for

Stuffing wall insulation around doors and windows. Fiberglass insulation can irritate your throat

and skin, so wear protective gear. Buy a two strap mask rated for fiberglass insulation and wear a

hat and gloves, a long sleeve shirt and goggles to keep fibers out of your eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fit wall insulation tightly around electric cables and boxes.

Running a full batten in front of electrical cables leaves an uninsulated space behind. Avoid this by

splitting the batten. Then when you come to an electrical box, trim the insulation to fit snugly around

it. If you have plumbing pipes on an outside wall, insulate behind them, but leave the side facing the

interior uncover to allow heat from the house to keep the pipes warm.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Fit first, then cut to length your wall insulation.

We’re using unfaced battens that are sized to fit into standard stud spaces either 16 inch or 24 inch

on center studs. They’re also available precut to lengths that fit standard 8 ft. and 9 ft. walls. we’re

using unfaced battens because they’re easier to cut and install. In most climates, you’ll have to staple

4-mil plastic sheeting over the battens to form a vapor barrier.

 

 

4. Trim wall insulation in place.

Accurate cutting is essential, actually slightly oversized battens are best. A batten cut to small leaves

gaps. It’s better to compress the wall insulation a little than to leave gaps. Don’t worry if the battens

bulge out a bit. The drywall will compress then tightly.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Fill gaps around window and doors.

The shim space around window and doors is a prime spot for air leakage. Don’t pack the fiberglass

too tight or it will bow the jambs and cause trouble with the operation of the window. Stuff skinny

strips of batting into spaces around windows and doors with a 3 inch putty knife. The insulation

should fit snugly, but don’t pack it. You should stay warm this winter with all that new attic

insulation, wall insulation and crawl space insulation.

 

                    

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