How to remove insulation

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How to remove insulation

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Fibreglass insulation is a common building material. We show you a simple way to remove it without getting itchy skin. We also give you some ideas about what protective equipment to wear and how to dispose of the insulation.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Preparing to remove the insulation
2 Remove the insulation
3 Clean up any loose fibreglass
  • Step 1. Preparing to remove the insulation

    First, turn off the electricity at the fuse box in case there are unseen wires in the wall. Then, protect yourself from the itchy fibreglass by putting on a set of disposable coveralls, some safety glasses, a pair of gloves and a ventilation mask.
  • Step 2. Remove the insulation

    Remove individual insulation segments by rolling them up. Then pack them into double-thickness rubbish bags. If you are removing the insulation from a wall, work from top to bottom. Instead of throwing the bags in the bin, check with your local council about disposal options.
  • Step 3. Clean up any loose fibreglass

    Once you have removed all the fibreglass segments, sweep up any loose fibres. Fibreglass is a durable material, so it’s worth spending the time to make sure you sweep it all up. If your skin is feeling itchy, give it a wash with cold water.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Dust pan and brush
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Step ladder
  • Ventilation mask

Materials

  • Disposable coveralls
  • Rubbish bags
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