Blown-in insulation is becoming more and more densely packed when it comes from the manufacturer. Good news: that makes it easier to carry more and complete jobs faster. Mildly inconvenient news: this slight change in density means a slight change in how you load the material.
To help, we’ve gathered tips for successfully loading blown-in fiberglass insulation into your machine below.
WHAT GETS IN THE WAY OF PROPERLY LOADING FIBERGLASS?
Blowing machines are designed to feed the material through the machine without assistance from the loader, but on job sites many open bags from the wrong end and bridge across the machine, causing crew members to get a broom or 2×4 and start shoving material into the agitators. One cause for needing to force the material to feed into a machine is improperly loading the material. On smaller blowing machines it is common to need to cut the bags in half in order to load the machine. Larger blowing machines will allow you to feed a full bag at a time.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR LOADING BLOWN-IN FIBERGLASS INSULATION?
The first step of getting maximum coverage is loading the machine properly. When you open a bag of fiberglass the material will expand to more than twice its size. It is best to let the material expand into the hopper and do not shove the material into the machine without letting it expand. The more the material expands, the less conditioning the machine will have to do to the material. When opening bags of cellulose, it is a good idea to break up the first few bags by hand to help the machine agitate the material. The next bags will naturally break up from the bouncing on top of the previous material in the hopper.
BENEFITS OF USING FIBERGLASS IN YOUR BLOWN-IN INSULATION MACHINE
Learning the right way to load fiberglass is an essential skill to get the most out of each bag of insulation and provide your customers the many benefits associated with knowing how to use it in your insulation blower.
- It’s easy to install.
- It’s resistant to the elements: water, fire, and air.
- When installed properly, it offers superior performance, durability, comfort and long-term value.
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