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Unknown Old Insulation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Martin Nov 10. 19 Replies

I'm pretty sure I've never seen this stuff before. It's installed in rafters as batts, held in place by cardboard sheets below. Papery consistency, now crumbling. The house is ~1923, but no idea when…Continue

Honest Buildings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Bowman Apr 19, 2012. 9 Replies

This seems to be a fairly new thing, a site for showcasing green building/s and projects, designated by address on the map: Honest…Continue

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Jeff Martin replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"It is Kimsul, we see it in 5-10% of our housing stock here in the Syracuse,NY area.  We have a large "Depression Era" housing stock in the city. "
Nov 10
Joseph J. Ilacqua replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"It is called Kimsul insulation made and manufactured by a paper company. Made of all paper except for the vapor barrier which is tar paper"
Nov 10
Lori sanders replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"I just joined this group, but knew the product immediately from the picture.  Kimsul was installed in all over the City of Richland in the early 1940's.  Richland was a government town built to house workers who were working on the…"
Nov 7
Kerry Parslow replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"Actually, you are incorrect.  I just removed an entire attic full of Kimsul insulation from my 1930 home after doing considerable research on it.  I know what I have is Kimsul because the brand name is clearly marked on the paper backing…"
Oct 17
Matthew Redmond replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"i agree with the others that's it's old rock or mineral wool bats"
Dec 28, 2012
tedkidd replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"That IS an interesting link Brian!  I've seen a straw version of that material:  Hey Rem, 2,000,000,000 BTU annual load?  What "small house" are you thinking?   Most houses I've seen have 500-1800…"
Dec 7, 2012
Rem Husted replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"Hi Brian, Thanks for sharing the brochures.   The middle link shows a lot of detail.  I found their heat loss savings calulations really interesting but way off if they are considering a house with no insulation to maybe an…"
Dec 7, 2012
Brian Robinson replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"We've seen this before on several occasions.  It is a cellulosic based product - essentially crenulated or creped…"
Nov 29, 2012
Bob Kretvix replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"At least you know now.  So many materials contain asbestos its probably more difficult to say it doesn't than it does.  Good luck."
Nov 28, 2012
Paul Bowman replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"We had a sample of the insulation lab-tested, and the result was a negative without qualification — no asbestos found. This is only one case, of course. For all I know, some of the product was made with asbestos and some wasn't. But it…"
Nov 28, 2012
Andrew F. replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"looks like old rock wool batts"
Oct 11, 2012
Paul Bowman replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"Many thanks to all for suggestions here. Over at InspectionNews someone else offered the name "Balsam Wool" — and with a little further digging online, that led me to what I now think is the actual answer, an old Kimberly-Clark…"
Oct 11, 2012
tedkidd replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"Expanding on the "humid area" question - do you think the material has gone through numerous wet/dry cycles?  Looks like it's turned to dried oatmeal in the pictures"
Oct 11, 2012
Bob Kretvix replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"All I can say is that if it isn't known and has the appearance of something that could contain asbestos (i.e., not clearly fiberglass or mineral wool, etc), OSHA requires that it be PRESUMED to contain asbestos and treated as such until negated…"
Oct 11, 2012
Robert Riversong replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"It appears to be mineral wool, but it could also be an old Balsam Wool (wood-fiber) batt. Neither would contain asbestos."
Oct 11, 2012
Robert Meeker replied to Paul Bowman's discussion Unknown Old Insulation
"It looks like some insulation I encountered on some ducting installed in the 1960s. I had it tested for asbestos and the results came back as just being all cellulose."
Oct 11, 2012

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