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Old 02-26-2008, 09:13 PM   #1
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I have several junction boxes in the attic. The attic has loose cellulose insulation and it is quite dusty and dirty up there. Should the boxes be exposed and all insulation cleared from around the boxes?

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I would think as long as they have tops on them they should be alright. Celulose insulation is treated with a fire retardent so it is not supposed to burn. The junction boxes should never get hot enough to start a fire anyway.

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The boxes will not be affected by the dust in the attic. They should probably be kept visible as practical so they don't get "lost" under any insulation. They do not generate heat like a recessed light fixture would.
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A buddy of mine had the a good idea for marking the junction boxes. Before the insulation went in, he put little flags near all the boxes so they stick out past in insulation. The flags were like the kind used for marking underground gas lines and such.
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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

my least favorite insulation to find in an attic I must work in . .respirator and goggle work.....yuck

newspaper treated with boric acid I believe . .NOT good to breathe . .
and the old stuff cannot be trusted to be thoroughly treated . .so if you have any qualms whatsoever . .go to the big box store get a rol of FOIL TAPE . .like duct tape but thin metal . .and wrap those puppies . . .end of threat by fire . .now as to whatsi n the boxes as an fire hazard remains to be seen
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A buddy of mine had the a good idea for marking the junction boxes. Before the insulation went in, he put little flags near all the boxes so they stick out past in insulation. The flags were like the kind used for marking underground gas lines and such.
That is exactly waht I was thinking right before I read that.
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Thanks all for some great ideas. The house was built in 1863 so its anyone's guess as to when the cellulose was put in and if it is treated. I will do the flags and the foil tape.

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