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Old 06-15-2015, 05:08 PM   #1
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Insulation and Mold Links

EastCoastCB posted these here, but since these are issues important to us, I figured it'd be best to give them their own thread. And feel free to add to them and our wealth of knowledge

Facts About Insulation and Mold Applegate Insulation

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Old 06-15-2015, 10:12 PM   #2
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For the new skoolie folk who keep asking, "Why remove the interior panels?" we should get everyone to post a picture of the moldy insulation found in their buses.
I, unfortunately, didn't take any pictures of my soggy fibreglass insulation...
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:05 PM   #3
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Ha! Cool thread!
Not a bus in this pic but what my insulation looked like in some areas-


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http://omegainsulationservices.com/i...insulation.jpg

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Old 06-16-2015, 04:24 AM   #4
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For the new skoolie folk who keep asking, "Why remove the interior panels?" we should get everyone to post a picture of the moldy insulation found in their buses.
I, unfortunately, didn't take any pictures of my soggy fibreglass insulation...
Agreed. And as I get further aft in my bus, I'm almost positive I know I'll find cruddier insulation.

As I've mentioned elsewhere (I think. 520 isn't conducive to thought processes), most of the mold and potential for mold was found in the insulation along the cable chase above the windows, as seen above
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:34 AM   #5
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Since glass isn't the source of mold, maybe we can find out the source and tackle that issue as well. Maybe ventilation?
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mold grows on the moisture and dirt that gets trapped in the fiberglass.
In a bus, the moisture is the main problem.
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I wasn't going to remove the inside panels, but after reading some of the threads I figured I'd better! Man I'm I glad I did, the insulation wasn't wet but the dust and the smell, I couldn't believe it! I've taken every panel off and have thrown out all the insulation that came with the bus. It smells so much better. I joined this site for advice and tips, I'm glad I listened to this one!
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I wasn't going to remove the inside panels, but after reading some of the threads I figured I'd better! Man I'm I glad I did, the insulation wasn't wet but the dust and the smell, I couldn't believe it! I've taken every panel off and have thrown out all the insulation that came with the bus. It smells so much better. I joined this site for advice and tips, I'm glad I listened to this one!
Great to hear.

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I wasn't going to remove the inside panels, but after reading some of the threads I figured I'd better! Man I'm I glad I did, the insulation wasn't wet but the dust and the smell, I couldn't believe it! I've taken every panel off and have thrown out all the insulation that came with the bus. It smells so much better. I joined this site for advice and tips, I'm glad I listened to this one!
Yep anything worth doin is worth doin RIGHT.

When you're done it will SOOOOOO be worth all the hard work. You'll see others' buses and cringe when you see that they built right over that crap.
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I can also attest to the nastiness of the insulation. Even on my nearly rust free bus there was mold in the insulation especially under the windows where condensation runs down the panels.

As an interesting note, Carpenter only insulated every other opening. The one ceiling panel we removed so far was about 20"x 6' even though the cavity is about 31"x8'. Don't bother with all of the work to build a bus if you aren't willing to remove the panels. At least do the sides, the roof could theoretically be left alone, but why not do it while in demolition phase?

At least on our bus drilling the rivets is no big deal. I did the one side, 15 feet, in about 30 minutes or so. I have read that carpenter did some shoddy riveting but most that I have seen are fine. I used bits that are bigger than the head as well as smaller ones that are just right to make the rivet shank disappear when drilled. With the big bit you have to deal with the shank left in the hole. Ill just use a cut off wheel on those. I don't really understand all the talk of air chisels and destroyed panels, we could reuse my roof panel without even paining it if we wanted to. I have noticed that my bus has far less rivets than some brands so that makes it easier.

I say don't debate this as it is very important to have a solid base to start with, just get it apart and I believe that you will end up saving time in the end as it will be far easier to build out without metal in your way.
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