How to remove wall insulation – not candy floss!

I love fairgrounds – The magic.  The buzz.  The flashing lights and the annoyingly-catchy music.  The rides, especially the merry-go-round (I’m a big kid at heart!), the mulled wine (at Winter Wonderland), the fact that everyone has a smile on their face from the adrenaline.

Not forgetting the candy floss, a big web of cotton wool toppling on the end of a tiny stick.  Fluorescent hues.  Sticky.  Indulgent.  Grrrr you don’t want to share it – too late, your friend grabs a giant hand-puff!

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Nope, this isn’t about bright pink candy floss nor canary yellow, lemon-flavoured candy floss (that apparently does exist)…

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…instead I’ve swapped fairgrounds for the fibrous yellow insulating material behind my lath and plaster, this type of candy floss is not as tasty…

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But still needs to be removed and replaced in order to get my flat buzzing again…

After removing my lath I discovered canary yellow-coloured insulation in-between my joists (or some of them anyway!) that had been there for decades – I had no need to worry about the upper section falling onto my head whilst removing lath below, it was well and truly, historically stuck!  You can even see the horizontal lath marks:


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What do I need to remove insulation?

Eeeeugh – Firstly the stench is unbearable.  If you can imagine decaying cotton wool that’s lived behind layers of lath, plaster, cement and dampness for 50+ years.  I suggest you open windows to ventilate.  I opened all my flat windows and doors – it still wasn’t enough, I could even smell it through my face mask and it lasted a few days.

Insulating material is often fibrous so you really don’t want to get it into your lungs, even if its not of the asbestos ilk.

  1. Electics – Golden rule to turn them off at the mains, not worth the risk
  2. PPE – Goggles, face mask, gloves, old clothes, thick soled shoes (still not a fashion show!)
  3. Rubble sacks

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How to remove insulation?

  1. Starting at the top of the wall carefully roll the insulation downwards.  To minimise spreading fibrous particles in the air, try and keep each length in one piece.
  2. Gently stuff the material into a rubble sack, secure the top and destroy.

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No it’s not a hay bale….

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I’ll skip lemon flavour and pick strawberry… that’s for my bellini, of course!

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