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359 days ago

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I’m thinking about usimg a H F dust collector to suck blowin in fiberglass insulation out of my daughters attic . IT is 25×50 so she can put a 29×64 second floor addition on. (dads going to be a little busy “lol” ) but this is the first step. Do you think the fiberglass will clog the impler and is it heavy enough to fall into the bag. Been wanting a dust collector this way i get one for free (lol) Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 359 days ago

It will definately plug it up, I think you’d be better off with a dust pan, a respirator and trash bags.

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#2 posted 359 days ago

Have done the dust pan and trash bag before,not a fun day or two

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#3 posted 359 days ago

Do you think the fiberglass will clog the impler
absolutely. not a good idea, IMHO.

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#4 posted 359 days ago

The grid over the intake side of the impeller housing will probably clog with the “glass”. You could cut the grid away, but the will defeat the protection for the impeller.
Other than that, I would think it would work if go slow.
Bill

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#5 posted 359 days ago

I’d put on a hazmat suit and get a shovel, broom and a dust pan. That fiberglass will most likely plug a dust collector impeller and will get in you skin and make you itch to no end if you are not protected.
.............Jim

I think that a two stage dust collector might work because the refuse does not go through the impeller but enters into the vortex. It might fill up the container mighty fast, but I would try that. Then you can get yourself a very good dust collector out of the deal.

As soon as you stir it up, it will be come airborn and you don’t want to get any in your eyes or lungs. It is BAD NEWS!

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#6 posted 359 days ago

It’s worth a shot, but you may be limited in how far away you can draw the insulation to the outlet with such a small motor. It might be worth it to hire an insulator to do the removal for you. I know their vac trucks have much bigger motors than 2HP.

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#7 posted 359 days ago

Many times the places you buy blown in insulation from will lend you a insulation blower for free ,why chance messing up a dust collector.

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#8 posted 359 days ago

There’s only one insulator in my area that says he can suck it out , but i can’t get a price or get him to look at it,called him twice mabe he’s so busy he don’t need the work ?

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#9 posted 359 days ago

a1Jim will they work in reverse

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#10 posted 359 days ago

Jim J, haden’t thought about cyclone could probly coble one together 55 gal drum trash can and some sheet metal

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#11 posted 359 days ago

I’m always very Leary of using equipment for things their not designed to do. If you decide your going to try it I would pay very close attention how the motor sounds and if the insulation is discharging properly.

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#12 posted 359 days ago

Sounds like an itchy mess at best, at worst you could end up stiring up the fibers and you and the family could end up with lungs full of glass fibers.

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#13 posted 359 days ago

I have never used it to pull it out, I have used it to blow it in. I have a small C-man 1HP portable DC the intake grid was removed along time ago. I used it to blow insulation in a ceiling in my mud room. I only needed to blow in two bags, and it they didn’t have a loaner I could get that day. I put the hose on the exhaust side and fed it into the impeller by the chunk. I worked great. A material handling impeller is made not to clog. IMHO find some one to suck it out. you have no Idea what kind of mess you are getting into. I my very big on doing any thing I can my self, but I learned along time ago some things are better left to the people with the right machine to do the job.

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#14 posted 359 days ago

You’re going to need a lot of bags for all that insulation, if you used some type of cyclone you’ll need someone there to constantly dump the drum, I think your best bet is a dustpan and bags, by the time you get some kind of vaccuum system set up, dealing with inevitable clogs and bagging up all the insulation I think you’ll find you could have cleaned it out by hand in the same time. I’ve done this, as long as you get up there before the day heats up its no that bad a job. Make sure you wear a good respirator or at least a high quality dust mask and cover your skin you will be fine. Good luck and have fun!

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#15 posted 359 days ago

Shawn, this wil be my 8th second floor add but my first in ohio . just found what i need on e bay an insulation vac a little spendy about 3500 +bags and hose will try some place like Sunbelt rentals monday might get lucky

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