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Herb C

02:05PM | 02/07/04
Member Since: 10/25/03
26 lifetime posts
I have a unfinished basement thats been getting very cold sometimes so I first changed from single pane windows to glass block and now what I was thinking about doing is stuffing insulation between the beams but just in the pockets along the walls. But.....since there will nothing to cover it such as drywall (because the basement is unfinished) and the warning on the label says the paper facing can't be installed on the outside because it can burn in a fire, what kind of risk of inhalation do I take if I remove the facing and install it in the pockets along my basement walls.....not being covered. In other words is there a small or big potential to be inhaling that fiberglass in my basement when I go down to work at my desk or when my children come down to watch television. The reason why I ask this is I already had start taking off the facing and when I was installing it and I looked into the light and seen a glittering effect that freaked me out. I never thought about until I seen that fiberglass "glitter" in the light. Help me out! Should I do this in an open and unfinished basement like mine?

devildog

03:47AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
If someone else posts let their info supercede mine. I am no expert in this area. Is the insulation the only thing that will burn in your house. I would think the manufacturer has to put that warning on there because some insulation is fire rated. The paper is not.

While you work with insulation you should always wear long sleeves and pants and a breathing mask. I wouldn't worry about long term damage to yourself. Many people have worked with insulation and not worn a mask. Just wear one from now on.

If you are going to tear the paper (facing) off the insulation you can buy it unfaced already. You might even get a price cut.

Did you seal all the holes down there before putting insulation in. Don't seal around anything that gets hot, but exterior faucets, cables, gas lines can all be sealed with an exterior caulking and if you need to fill more use some expanding foam. This should seal it real nice.

Good luck,
Devildog



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