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Best eye protection for installing fiberglass insulation????

by msinc
posted 02-06-2018 12:51 AM

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 01:08 AM

Get a full face shield with a respirator assembly – 3M has several effective ones: they are the standard, along with the Mine Safety shields. You’ll be able to double-duty these when applying finishes or otherwise working with solvent-based chemicals. This is a bit over the top for fiberglass, but I can tell you from 1st-hand experience, fiberglass insulation is a deceptive mess to work with – you’ll want to have gauntlet-style gloves, and long-sleeve apparel.

I’ve seen individuals ‘get by’ with the mount-nose paper-type dust filter, with a pair of standard polycarbonate glasses. The glasses don’t protect them from airborne particulate, and the dust-mask might be ok – but why chance it when you can buy something meant for the job; and, have it for use when you need it again for finishes.


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#2 posted 02-06-2018 12:02 PM

I’ve used ski googles with a GOOD 1/2 mask and it worked really well. Ski googles have no vents (at least mine didn’t) so it gets a little sweaty wearing them.

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 01:17 PM

What about alternatives like denim or rock wool. Maybe spray foam… I know foam would probably be more expensive, not sure about other alternatives…

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 05:22 AM

Thanks for the replies so far fellas…it is greatly appreciated. 3M full face respirator is a good idea, so is the ski mask…both can be used for other things. I find that I also get a lot of wood dust in my eyes just from the tablesaw or router table when using regular safety glasses or even a shield. It would be nice to find a good effective easy to don and doff goggle of some sort that would positively solve this problem. I know the 3M will, not sure how well I will like trying to breath thru a respirator for an extended period in the summer. Still, for the original intent {fiberglass} it will work for certain. The ski mask seems like it will do the job too, I don’t know how it’s rated as a “safety” glass if used for the table saw or router. I have goggles that are vented for riding an atv, but anything with vents is going to let in fiberglass particulate in the air. One thing about it, whatever I try I will know in a few hours whether or not my eyes will get scratchy. Thanks again for the replies so far!!!!!
As to the alternatives…well, yeah, foam is a really good insulator, but it wont work for the attic area. Also what I have seen is that it will shrink in time leaving a “non-insulated space” such as between studs in the walls. I know they claim it wont, but I have taken apart enough houses to know better. I would love to find something that works as good and is as cost effective as fiberglass. I hate fiberglass. I am getting itchy just thinking about this job…..

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