This insulation was in the attic of a mid 40’s home. At first I thought it was a bunch of wigs, but quickly realized there was a lot of it, all along the perimeter, both blonde and black. I thought it may be hair, but if felt more like nylon, and it wouldn’t burn.
Not sure what to call it, I have never seen it. Anyone have an idea?
okay, I did see one or two pics that looked similar. I was thinking horse hair insulation would be more brittle, like what was used to fill old chairs, car seats, and trunk mats. This is very soft, and curly, and does not smell like hair when burned with a match (maybe it’s treated).
Anyway, I’ll describe it as possibly horse hair insulation, and leave it at that. No use in overthinking it, as long as it’s not dangerous, I don’t think the single gal buying this old house will be much concerned with it anyways.
You might be correct .
I have been told they used arsenic to remove the hair from the Leather .
They also used the horse hair to help hold the plaster used in lath and plaster .
The old plaster could be dangerous to those removing it .
Good catch, Jeff. Some of the insulation was batt, with paper vapor barrier installed correctly. Some of it was batt, with foil backing, facing the wrong way, and some was plastic sheets, installed under that “wool-like” insulation, also installed incorrectly.