How Should You Prepare for an Insulation Installation Job?May 6, 2015
The rumbling engine. The noise. The fury. The power. The exuberant rush of well-insulated walls. And, alas, happy customers paying their bills. All in a day’s work – save for rescuing the kitty cat from the tree on the way home.
But wait, yonder contractor. We at Capitol Machine would first like to discuss what precedes all this insulation machine zippity-do-dah.
Do the Insulation Installation Job Right
While jobs well done make for contented clients and cozy homes, smart contractors take special precautions to ensure their work areas are well prepared in advance.
Here are seven tips from Howtohomeinsulation.com on how to prepare yourself:
- Keep it tight: If you’re insulating your attic or your walls, make sure all gaps, cracks and holes are sealed. Up to 30 percent of a structure’s heating or air conditioning can escape through areas not properly sealed. Use caulk or foam to seal those areas.
- Take a deep breath: After properly sealing walls and attics, you’re going to have to make sure you allow for breathing. Yes, breathing. Large spaces – especially attics – can trap moisture or heat which can lead to rot or mold. Use Styrofoam attic ventilation baffles underneath your eaves to maintain good ventilation. Your eaves are between the outside wall and the roof’s edge.
- Watch the hot spots: Chimneys, furnace flues and recessed lighting can get hot. Installers should watch where they’re installing insulation; potential hot spots should be treated with drywall boxes, sheet metal or fireproof material. High-temperature caulk should also be used with fiberglass as a wrap.
- The shocker: Electrical wiring has to be at code. Make sure electrical wiring is in junction or ceiling light boxes. If not addressed properly, live knobs or wiring could become a fire hazard, which may require a call for help from an electrician.
- Duh!: This step is important – to understate it just slightly. Make sure you bring your supplies. It’s hard to do an insulation installation job without an insulation installation machine, like one of our mighty, gravelly voiced Insulation Blowers. (And they come in various measures of brawn and bravado.) And – this may surprise some – it’s hard to do an installation insulation job without insulation.
- Prepare thyself: Rolling up your sleeves is simply not enough for an insulation installation job. So make sure you’re ready to prepare your work area. Have work lights, hammers, nails, screwdrivers and the rest ready and handy. Then secure your work location. Make sure floor boards are sturdy and walls are secure. A productive project can turn ugly if one of your workers suddenly drops out of sight or falls into the hinterlands.
- Dressed for action: You’re dealing with insulation. Wear long pants and long sleeves and buy nitrile coated work gloves and a roll of duct tape. Use the duct tape to secure the gloves – to your long sleeves. No, really. It keeps insulation particles from getting into your clothes.
- Going undercover: Get a good mask, not for disguising yourself, but so that you won’t be breathing the insulation particles. And buy a good one. A hard worker will sweat, hopefully, which may cause a cheap paper mask to fall off.
Did you find this information helpful? Do you have tips of your own you’d like to share? We at Capitol Machine offer a wide variety of insulation machines, insulation blowers and insulation removal vacuums. Contact us with questions or for more information.