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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2013

clean attic of cardboard and loose insulation

Cardboard was stapled over fiberglass insulation and needs removal also small amount of vermiculite insulation possibly contains asbestos needs removal.

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I am curious as to why you are doing this. I am guessing you have decided to put a room in what was previously an attic. Get an asbestos approved face mask, Borrow a friends shop vac and buy him a 25 foot hose for it. Put shop vac ouside the room, preferably on an outside roof. Have helper outside with same facemask and plastic bags periodically empty the shop vac into the plastic bags. Vacuum up all the loose vermiculite. Take bags to dump site. Pull down old insulation and cardboard, Dispose of it same way. If you have money consider a spray foam job on ceiling,, See Angie's List for contractors. Or take fiberglass bats with paper or foil on it and install with vapor barrier on the warm side ie facing the room. Cover with drywall and presto a bedroom,, I did it 40 years ago and even custom made a closet door the sloped top to match the pitch of the roof. I took a 12" piece of rough cedar and 45 degree cut both sides and used it as a mounting point for the lights and to hide the wires. I brought the ceiling/wall down to about 20" off the attic floor and installed a knee wall for the room. FYI this hidden area is an ideal site for the vermiculite if you dont wish to haul it out. Use a plastic rake to move it with an asbestos rated mask on.

Jim Casper

for another idea on insulation see my blogs on radiant barriers in attic ceiling


Answered 7 years ago by jccasper


My advice is to have a professional insulation contractor come to your home to determine what the proper course of action is for your situation and objectives. Even if you decide to do it yourself, you will have gained invaluable information about YOUR situation. You may just decide to hire the professional.

Insulation only performs when properly installed and is one home improvement that you don't save that much money on when you do it yourself. Plus, it is very dirty work that most home owners don't finish once they get into it.

Regarding your asbestos work; most insulation contractors know the best asbestos contractors in your area. We work with them quite often and only a professional should remove asbestos. DO NOT try this on your own. In my opinion, because of serious health risks and EPA regulations, this it is NOT a DIY project.

As always, check Angie's List for the best contractors in your area.

Steve Anderson

Progressive Insulation & Windows

Chatsworth, CA


Answered 7 years ago by Steve Anderson

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