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Old 07-06-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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We installed cellulose insulation over fiberglass insulation. Now when you walk in the house you are hit with the smell of wet newspaper. No dust - just the smell. It has been 5 months since the installation. Any hope in the smell going away?

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Old 07-06-2010, 02:36 PM   #2
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Im thinking you may have a water leak and it is getting wet. I put in 3 inches of the green fiber cellulose insulation over top of our existing 3 inch fiberglass in the attic and have not had any smells or issues going on 3 years now.

If it is a leak then you may have mold in your fiberglass insulation, if you explore have a mask handy.

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Im thinking you may have a water leak and it is getting wet. I put in 3 inches of the green fiber cellulose insulation over top of our existing 3 inch fiberglass in the attic and have not had any smells or issues going on 3 years now.

If it is a leak then you may have mold in your fiberglass insulation, if you explore have a mask handy.
You live in Rochester, NY and only have 6 inches of insulation in your attic?
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No, I also added 6.5 inches of R19 fiberglass unfaced batts on top of the joists in a perpendicular fashion, so total we have 12.5 inches.
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No, I also added 6.5 inches of R19 fiberglass unfaced batts on top of the joists in a perpendicular fashion, so total we have 12.5 inches.
Just curious....one inch is about R2.5, so at 12.5 inches, you have about an R31. That's lower than recommended up there in the north.
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Actually we are at R 38 though that is still lower than the recommended... R 8 + R11 + R19... 3 inches of fiberglass + 3 inches celluose loose fill + 6.25 inches fiberglass = R 38...BUT... we had only 3 inches to start with, it was labeled R 8 on the facing.. so going from 3 inches to 12.5 inches more than quadrupled our insulation, we didnt have the money at the time to spend on more insulation otherwise I would have loved to added more... but the difference in comfort and utility bills has been great!

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