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Old 16-10-2009, 12:06   #1
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Removing Insulation - Any Suggestions?

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I am removing the insulation and parts are not coming off nearly as easy as other parts. Was wondering the best method to remove the parts that are very well glued. I was thinking perhaps applying a little heat, but wasn't about possible damage to the fiberglass. Perhaps a solvent? Any suggestions??


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Keyole saw, chisel, small mallet...

If the insulation has been glued down with construction cement it could be cut away with a fairly fine toothed wallboard or keyhole saw, then the construction glue could be carefully chiseled out with a chisel and a small mallet.

The above links lead to some safety requirements for small saws that are good advice.

I have been known to use a 10" piece of 3"x1.5" pine instead of a mallet when desperate. Light taps are all that is needed.

Keeping the area nice and clean with a wet and dry vacuum cleaner is a decided plus.
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If it is cut and glued it should pull out. If spray expansion type, just keep picking at it. I dont know of a safe dissolving solvent.
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Had to remove all the sprayed on insulation from the fish hold on my shrimp boat, it was hell. Used a sawzall to cut it up into chunks and then a prybar to wedge them out. It took forever. At one point a welder set a bunch on fire and it took him awhile to come back with a water hose, it was probably his break time, and that worked real well. Of coarse I've got a steel hull, don't know how that would work out with fiberglass.
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