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Have to go insulation diving: What to wear?

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Have to go insulation diving: What to wear?

Have to go insulation diving to replace a LED puck light and driver in the attic. What to wear so as not to track FG all over? Have Goggles, gloves, mask, what else for a coverall?
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Tyvek suit and some ice packs or a cold wet shirt.
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If I remember correctly, you have blown fibreglass insulation so I would actually invest in a 'better' than average pair of googles as when you are diving into the insulation, bits of glass fibre might be flying into the air and may get into an average pair of safety googles with normal vents.
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craftsman wrote: If I remember correctly, you have blown fibreglass insulation so I would actually invest in a 'better' than average pair of googles as when you are diving into the insulation, bits of glass fibre might be flying into the air and may get into an average pair of safety googles with normal vents.
Indeed. Think I do have them and hopefully my specs won't fog up so have t hope for a warmer (but not too warm) and drier day.
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engineered wrote: Tyvek suit and some ice packs or a cold wet shirt.
Where does one get a Tyvek suit from? Hoping it will be a 5 minute job but famous last words.....
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Tread softly and on wood, not on drywall.

Take broom with you to move aside FG gently.

Piece of light plywood might help if need to kneel to repair.

Try to get up there on a cooler day.

Bring water with you.

Bring various tapes as never know what has to be sealed after repair.

A hard hat to protect from roofing shingles.

Note I just wore mask [and even that stopped after a while], goggles and old clothes when spent about 6 hours air sealing in attic with FG and then week after that another 2 hours to blow in cellulose fiber.
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Tyvek suits are great as the insulation doesn't tend to stick to them as it does to other types of material.
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It's instances like these that I'm tempted to put drop ceilings on the second floor to avoid dealing with insulation diving just to replace a light. Or even put osb on top of the attic joists to prevent insulation to be on top of the ceiling so that cutting drywall from below won't result in that stuff falling through.

I second the hard hat, as I've bonked a few overhead studs and the random roof nail.
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If you don’t have a hard hat...a bike helmet or hockey helmet works also. Might look sorta dumb but no cares you are in the attic.

I’ve had the issues with roofing nails in the head. Not fun.
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thriftshopper wrote: Indeed. Think I do have them and hopefully my specs won't fog up so have t hope for a warmer (but not too warm) and drier day.
Plan on the fact that your specs will probably fog up. You try out some of the many 'fixes' for fogging to see if any work for you before you go up there!

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