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My current bathroom fan is dead and needs replacement. I tried removing it from the inside of the house, but something is holding it. I'll need to do it from the attic.

The attic is covered with loose-fill insulation. What should I do to temporarily move the insulation while I replace the fan?

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First, check the type of insulation. If it's cellulose, no problem, just get a big piece of cardboard or shovel or something and move it around. HOWEVER, if it's stone like, its possibly vermiculite - and old vermiculite was often blended with asbestos. DO NOT TOUCH IT IN THAT CASE - call in an inspector. – The Evil Greebo Nov 6 '11 at 0:17
Here is the link to the US EPA webpage on vermiculite insulation. epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/verm.html – RSMoser Nov 7 '11 at 18:42

Assuming the insulation is safe to be around, use a plastic lawn rake. After years of settling, you can use the same rake to "fluff" up your loose fill insulation to make it more efficient.

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