here's the general background. Due to summer heat, I plan on waiting until temps moderate into the low 70's and I would like to do all the work myself. Attic space is about 3-4ft in center where the insulated ducts run and I wanted to add insulation but don't want to use cellulose or fiberglass (blown in) but some type of insulating blankets or radiant barrier.
is it normal to remove the old insulation? I could possibly find a protective suit (one-time use available?) and breathing mask and just start cleaning slowly each sq ft of the attic and once completed, pickup the blankets from home depot or lowes and lay these down.
my desire would be to remove the old stuff as it's about 30 years old and can't have fared too well plus the occasional rodent visit and the house has at least twice undergone a whole roof replacement so there is debris and dust everywhere.
give me some general steps in this, again, I would like to do this myself as I have the time and desire to learn how it's best done.