How to remove debris from a short attic?

Old 11-01-04, 10:12 AM
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How to remove debris from a short attic?

I'm going to install insulation in my 1937 house which has a short hip roof--so it's more of a crawl space instead of an attic. The max height is probably three feet at the peak. I'll be crawl in and then proably back out, as I don't think there's space to sit or turn around. When I go into the attic via the closet ceiling access, I see a ton of debris from when the previous owner replaced the roof. I'd like to remove that debris before removing the knob and tube wiring and installing the insulation. Any thoughts on how to most efficiently remove the old roofing debris?
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Attic debris

Take some trash bags with you for collecting debris. As you exit, collect bags and drop through access.
Old 11-02-04, 05:28 AM
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Also, if there is insulation already in place check to see if it might be Zonolite.
This is an insulation type that is granular in form and has recently been found to contain asbestos.
If there is this type up there you will have to formulate a different plan to work in your attic.

Let us know what you find.
If there is no insulation or it's not Zonolite then a particulate type dust mask would protect you.
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Similar issue

I have a similar problem but a much larger area. About 3000 sq ft of attic crawl space with height ranging from 3.5 ft to 1 ft.

After the the roofers did their dirty deeds, the attic was covered with pieces of tar.(For simplicity lets just say gravel)

I was thinking vacuum, but wasn't sure if a BIG shop vac(high HP) or a Dust Collector type unit(lower hp but high CFM) is better. Since it would be difficult to drag a vacuum 80ft then drag gravel like material and weight back would be a pain. Opening is at one end of the house unfortunately. So, I was thinking of running PVC pipe down the center and hooking the vac up essentially like a shop dust collection system.

My question would be do you think a large shop vac can suck gravel up from 75 ft or more?(If so, what size) Or, am I stuck with dragging gravel like an ole miner a little at a time.?

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