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SHould I remove it or not, please help


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02-14-04, 07:50 AM   #1  
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SHould I remove it or not, please help

HI, found this website while looking for information about insulation, so far I am impressed and read everythng everyone had to say, But didnt see my problem, Maybe yall can give me some advice.

We just bought a house (townhome) in new jersey, although we dont close until the end of june, I am concerned about the attic insulation, the inspector gave this report......Fiberglass (BATTS) insulation is about 3 inches thick or just under R-11. Fiberglass (loose fill) insulation is about six inches thick or just under 19 R value in some areas. Insulation is old (home is 33 yrs old) and has settled and less than 6 inches remain.

My solution would be to change it, remove the old stuff completly because i will be changing the carpets, and it would be a perfect time to rid of it from the house, since our furniture will not be in the house yet. My question is should I? and If so how? just bag it up? I saw that you cant lay new stuff on top of this, and id would rather roll out new insulation on my own, the attic will not be used for storage, but i do plan on laying some wood down to get to like the thermostat, and fixtures, vent etc.. I have a pic of the attic but not sure how to post it, please advise.

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02-14-04, 02:14 PM   #2  
Id ask why take it out? Just add over it. If you use batts run them the other way over it. They have out now an insulation for the attic that dont have any paper on it ,this you can lay over it.Now if you put boards down over it you will lose the R for it when you push it down tight that way. Its all in what you want to do. Just rakes and big poly bages will work. ED

 
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02-14-04, 03:18 PM   #3  
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why remove.....

attached is this picture, hopefully this works, , we plan on being in the house the min, 10 years, i would lke to place some flooring down in some areas, but yes if i lay flooring down, it will compress. So if i want to remove it and lay "new" insulation down, just rake it n bag it? What R value would you recommend........than you for replying.

 
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02-14-04, 03:30 PM   #4  
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ok the pic thing isnt working check this link out i uploaded it to this link,

http://us.f2.yahoofs.com/bc/402eaefe...nOrLABxidDNV06

 
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02-14-04, 04:02 PM   #5  
Add either unfaced batts (no vapor barrier) or more loose fill. No need to remove the old stuff.

 
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02-14-04, 05:12 PM   #6  
A R -38 would be nice but you cant get it and put the floor down. So what do you think you want to do it your $$$$$$ up there. Dont forget what fuel cost for heat and cool . ED

 
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02-14-04, 06:46 PM   #7  
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Thank you, i think i know what ill do, ill just add to it, no need to put a floor, since im not gonna use it anyway, probably a waste of money, thank you for the advice i appreciate it, you put my mind to rest )

 
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