While installing fiberglass installation is not the most difficult task that many home owners will face during their home improvement tenure, there are some simple things to know that will make the job much more pleasant to accomplish. There are certain tools for installing insulation that are necessary to have on hand and certain articles of clothing you will wish to wear at all times during the insulation installation process.
The thing to remember is that this is a relatively simple job that will result in huge savings on your energy bills when done correctly. Part of the process of completing this particular job correctly is learning the local requirements for your area when it comes to the R-value of your insulation. I recommend going above and beyond current building codes for R-value if you have the means to do so. The savings over time are well worth the expenditure now.
Tools for Installing Insulation
Common tools you will need for the good old fashioned rolled insulation include the following: a utility knife, stapler (not the office variety), good work gloves, eye protection, and a face mask to prevent the risk of breathing in the fiberglass particles.
One important thing to keep in mind that will help make the process much more comfortable for you (despite the possible temperature) is to wear long sleeves, socks, and pants (in addition to your protective eye wear, gloves, and face mask) in order to avoid the fiberglass coming into close contact with your skin whenever possible.
If you are going to be installing overhead insulation you will need some additional tools for the process. One of the tools for installing insulation overhead that is a little out of the ordinary is chicken wire. This holds the insulation of potential vapor barriers firmly in place. You will not need this for all insulation but when you are working overhead this is a great way to hold everything tightly and neatly in place.
The most important tools for installing insulation cannot be purchased in stores. They are common sense and caution. If you get careless you run the risk of making mistakes that will lessen the effectiveness of your insulation. By keeping a cool head and having a clear idea of the process you will have the most important of these tools with you at all times.
A Few other Tips to Remember
The installation process should not take a terribly long time for a reasonably sized room. Some things to keep in mind while installing your insulation will follow. I hope they will help you greatly during your installation process.
- 1) Have all your tools together and easily accessible. This saves time and energy that would be wasted by constantly searching for your tools. A tool belt is a great way to accomplish this.
2) Do not force larger pieces of insulation into spaces that are too small. In order to do its job correctly, insulation needs space. Rather than compressing the material for a tight fit, trim the fiberglass to fit the space properly.
3) Protect your home from fire by damming areas around electrical wires and light fixtures so that they are not exposed to heat sensitive insulation.
Following the advice you have found here will help you keep your tools for installing insulation together and close at hand while greatly improving the speed and efficiency with which you finish your insulation installation project.