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Old 01-02-2010, 05:40 PM
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Hi: is it true that the ceramic blanket for insulation can cause cancer?
what kind of mask do you use when installing it for a good protection?
do I have to use safety goggles?

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:46 PM
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It depends on the type of fibre used. The water soluble fibre is safe, the older ceramic fibre unsafe. Try to find the MSDS (materials safety data sheet) on the product via the net.
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Ramiro - When I pulled my blanket out of the box, I could see the dust floating everywhere. I didn't buy a hazmat suit, but I did wear a dust mask. Treat this stuff like you would with any insulation (think fiberglass). It would also be helpful to wear a long sleeve shirt. After wrestling with the stuff and wiring it down, I definitely noticed some of it had penetrated my arms.

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Old 01-05-2010, 12:04 PM
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Les is definitely right. I currently have two layers on my oven, but plan on adding a third before I build a housing around it in the spring. After my experience with the first two, I'll be using a dust mask, long sleeve shirt, long pants, and gloves. I already wear glasses. I did get some itching and throat irritation just unpackaging it (FB blanket) before suiting up. That was enough for me :-) . The blanket itself is very easy to work with, though. Just suit up and put 'er on :-) . And use a cold shower afterward. Warm water opens your pores and lets the fibers in.

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Pick a windy day and keep you head upwind

I acutally found it to be very dense and better to deal with than fiberglass batt, but I did wear protection. Just don't do it naked and you'll be fine.
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Long sleeves didn't seem to help as much as I had hoped. The stuff itches. I used a respirator but can't imagine what it would have done to the lungs, considering how hard it was on covered skin.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:09 AM
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Gloves and a dust mask are all you need (and maybe the long sleeves). Carcinogens and harmful elements are unfortunately a part of our daily lives. I certainly agree with taking steps to avoid exposure, but your handling and exposure should be minimal. I used 2" Insulfrax and it laid pretty nicely over the dome so handling was minimal, mostly during cutting.
I think the most harmful thing would be to disrupt the "weave" of the blanket and then over handle (shake, toss around), allowing the tiny fibers to become airborn.

Keeping your clothes on and not using it as a comforter on your bed are good ideas too.

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Old 01-15-2010, 12:13 AM
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The newer and safer fibers are water soluble so if inhaled they don't cause problems in your lungs. Check the MSDS on the product you use to find out if it is the safe one. Vermiculite is a much safer alternative, but requires a thicker (about double) layer to achieve the equivalent insulation value.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:31 PM
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Unpacking a small piece of 2 inch thick to be used to insulate my door did the same thing to me. Itchy stuff. I am glad it is sealed in now.
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