Frazer Street Insulation Training


At Project Rebuild, a CertainTeed Insulation employee, Ed,  traveled all the way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Canton, Ohio to demonstrate how to install insulation at the  Frazer Street house to Project Rebuild students.  This took place on Tuesday, July 11th and Wednesday, July 12th 2017.  Here are several responses from students about the experience. . .

“Ed traveled from Pennsylvania to work with the YouthBuild here in Canton, Ohio. He gave us the opportunity to learn how to install insulation in the Frazer house we are currently working on. He spent two days with us. On the first day, he spent approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes explaining the safety basic training rules in our classroom, located at the Project Rebuild worksite.

During the insulation training session, we were taught what we needed to wear and what we needed to do, which was basically the mandatory equipment you would need for installing insulation. We also learned what density equaled.  First, you typically need to wear eye protection to prevent irritation in your eyes.  Second, you need to wear gloves so you don’t have direct contact with the insulation. Third, you will need to wear a dust mask to make sure you’re not breathing in the dust that floats out of the fabric.

After the basic safety training, we went down to the Frazer project where Ed demonstrated what we needed to do so we understood what we had to complete.  We learned about the house just in case the buyer asked us about what we were working on. When we learned how to put up the fabric, that’s when we learned how to make sure 6 inches were left off both of the sides of the fabric. It was by far a great work experience. Overall, I enjoyed working with Ed!

– Breanna Rivera


 “While taking part in Project Rebuild with Ed (who works for CertainTeed, which is owned by Saint-Gobain), I learned how to install insulation on the second floor at Frazer.  I also learned that the density of the insulation is supposed to be 1.8 and the formula is d=w/v.  The main purpose of this training session was to practice using the formula so we can have the knowledge to install the insulation on our own.                

During our training, we had to use safety masks, safety glasses and gloves.  The fabric that was used for insulation was about an inch and a half, and on each side we had to hang the fabric up on the ceiling using staples.  Joe taught me how to hang up the fabric, and it was only supposed to be an inch and a half apart from each other.  These were all of the components I learned that goes into installing insulation.”

– Shaquan McGough           

“On Tuesday, July 11th and Wednesday, July 12th, we were lucky enough to have a professional insulation installer named Ed come in to visit us at Project Rebuild and show us exactly how his job is done. 

First, Ed taught us in the classroom so we would know what we were doing when it came time to use the insulation blower machine.  He let us know that it is important to use safety glasses while operating the machine.  He taught us how to lay fabric on the inside of the houses, on the outside of the studs, to keep the insulation in one place. 

He also taught us that if we put enough training into something, we can be just as skilled as anyone in that field of work.  Ed works for CertainTeed, which is a company who makes insulation.  At the job site, we learned the insulation blower works by taking a hose and hooking it to the machine, then taking it to the fabric you laid over top of the studs, and using black PVC and attaching it to the other side of the hose. You then insert it into the fabric, which allows you to fill the space with insulation.  

Ed was even nice enough to buy lunch for the Project Rebuild members and staff during classroom training.  He was a good instructor and we hope to see him again!

-Jmon Mohr

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