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Old 06-18-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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I will take some pictures. I'll also take the black light with me.

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Old 06-18-2011, 11:30 PM   #17
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I will take some pictures. I'll also take the black light with me.
Also, contact your local Public health or an environmental engineer regarding this issue. and post the results on here. In this day and age, with something like this as a call for help, it is hard to believe or take with a grain of salt, without evidential proof to back up.
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Lots of new insulation smells like urine to me. Must be my big old hound dog sized nose is more sensitive to the fire retardant chemical. That's one of the reasons we went with the less effective fiberglass insulation instead of cellulose.
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We don't seem to have that problem here as we use plastic vapor barrier in our attic and then the insulation on top. My sales guys who sell indoor air quality products have this testing contraption that sucks an air sample for 24 hrs and gives a printout of what chemicals are in the air. Our poster needs to get that done to find out what is in the air and get a written report for the landlord.
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try running an ozone genny in your attic for a few days.
if you notice the smell abating downstairs, then that tells you the smell is coming from the attic and is somehow convecting its way inside through cracks, chaseways, etc. Thats strange though cuz attic heat rises and shouldnt be drawn into the lower level like that.

Is the attic vented properly? Full Soffit and ridge vent system - nothing less, even gable vents are weak. An unvented attic would explain everything as the cellulose would absorb a large amount of home humidity and then cook in the heat. heat+moisture = max smell potential.

At least your LL had the initiative to upgrade the insulation in the first place so dont beat him up yet.
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When they blow in insulation they sometimes block the attic vents so maybe it is not vented properly. The plot thickens.
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You are not the only one has this problem. Search internet 'cellulose smells', you will see tons of posts/thread/discussions about this smell problem. Like I said, 'move' is the only solution. I know you don't want to move, but if you don't like the smell, you have no choice.
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You are not the only one has this problem. Search internet 'cellulose smells', you will see tons of posts/thread/discussions about this smell problem. Like I said, 'move' is the only solution. I know you don't want to move, but if you don't like the smell, you have no choice.
Clocert, all homes have smells. Mine has the old house smell if you go up in the attic or basement, and especially the front entrance, due to no insulation under the floor. What are they going to do if they move to the next place? Yes, some people are more hyper-sensitive than others on smells, sounds, but need to really nail this down as to what is causing the situation and how to correct it.
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I believe this is a rental house. If this is not your house, there is no reason to spend that much time to fix it. You have a lot of other things to worry. be practical... I have owned 8 rentals for many years, no one tenant even try to fix a problem for me.(And I don't want them to do it anyway-- it is written in the contract)
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Sounds like cellulose with ammonia sulfate for fire protection: http://www.rateitgreen.com/company/n...-created-equal

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...lUasdguH6vaXKQ

A test for cheap, last box, last page: http://www.karg.com/pdf/Presentation...Insulation.pdf

He probably didn't air-seal the attic or tape/mastic the duct joints first: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/PDF/Free/021105092.pdf

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...O842EQ&cad=rja

Is attic supplying the conditioned space air supply? Or supply duct joints taped/sealed?

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