I'm planing on Insulating between my basements Floor Joists because the
basement gets a bit cold in the winter and makes the floor cold. Should the
paper on the insulation face up to the upper floor or down. I'm questioning
this because I've read various information that the paper side should face
to the living area. I'm concerned because my basement is usable. Has
washer and dry, toilet, freezer, tv, computer, boiler and used for storage.
Will people walking on the floor above cause insulation particles to fall to
ground. I don't want to be itching like crazy down there when I'm on the
computer because of this. Also a drop ceiling is not possible, my head just
clears as it is down there. I also now naturally duck my head to go under
the support beam that sets across the middle of the basement. Believe me
once you hit your head hard off that a couple of times you learn to duck.
What's the best approach here?
Insulation bits will not fall on anyones head. We have a partially finished
basement with insulation above the unfinished portions with vapor barrier on
the warm side and no insulation ever comes down.
Please do a GOOGLE search for: Fiberglass + lung (or similar).
It is being called the asbestos of the future.
I would not under any circumstances use fiberglass insulation
in a habitable area where the insulation is not securely
encapsulated. I don't think the paper backing offers adequate
protection from glass strands getting into the air.
Moreover, the fiberglass insulation I've used is marked clearly to
indicate that the paper (tar -- or whatever -- layer makes it even more
inflammable than plain paper) must not be left exposed: it's supposed to
be covered with sheetrock or other fire-resistant material.
On 11/22/04 11:41 am Speedy Jim tossed the following ingredients into
the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
Insulating the area between two living spaces that are about the same
temperature does not make any sense. However there may be some areas
between the joists next to outside walls to insulate. Caulk around
windows, doors, pipes, etc.
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