Installing Insulation

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When installing insulation, it's important to wear protective gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and a respirator. Find out why it's important to use baby powder on exposed skin when installing insulation with help from a certified home inspector in this free video on insulation installation.

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Hi my name is Mark Blocker and in this segment we are going to cover installing insulation. Some of the things to remember when you are installing insulation is you want to make sure you have some protective gloves on, a long sleeved shirt, a hat if possible and a respirator. The fibers from the fiberglass insulation will become airborne and you don't want to breath them in and it also causes irritants in your skin. If you get them built up in your skin what you want to do is take a cold rinse off of cold water or take a cold shower. You don't want to use hot water and open up the pores of your skin. Also a good idea for any exposed skin you might have you can cover with baby powder. That will fill the pores of your skin and the fiberglass insulation won't allow it to get in to your skin. To install into the wall first you want to make sure your wall is free and clear of all obstacles and then you just slide it in in place until it fits snugly all the way at the end, trim off where you have got fire blocking in, fold over your paper tabs, fastening tabs and then just go down and staple about every 16 inches on both sides, cut off where your fire blocking is, staple that off and then your next section. That's how you install insulation.

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