We are excited to share our new Havelock Wool installation videos with you. We get many questions about the specifics of installing Havelock Wool and these videos will give an informative and dare we say entertaining look at how to exactly use our products. You will learn about: tools needed, job site preparation, how to calculate wool needs and installation techniques. We hope this helps you appreciate that some insulation installation can actually be enjoyable.
Our overview video includes both Loose Fill and Batt Installation :
Here is just Loose Fill Installation :
Here is just Batt Installation :
Interested in special tips for putting wool next to van siding. Metal siding weeps moisture. How to make sure the wool doesn’t get damaged by the moisture and doesn’t leech onto the wall covering materials.????
Hopefully you are using Havelock Wool because of its amazing abilities to manage moisture which is one of the major challenges if you are sleeping/living in a van. do place the wool up against the metal skin of your van. Most condensation will be fended off as wool creates heat when in the presence of moisture/humidity/vapor and what condensation does happen Havelock Wool will help manage it by absorbing it to be released later while not molding, settling or losing its R value. While managing moisture Havelock Wool will not be wet to the touch and you can not wring out the water as a chemical process is taking place inside our favorite dynamic fiber. Your wall wallcoverings are permeable and allow the wool to breath vapor and for the moisture to escape through the wall and out your van when you open the door dropping the relative humidity. Thanks!
Hey Havelock! I just received my order of 3 bags of insulation for my van! Very excited to get started on the install. I just watched you video and am wondering what tips you may have for installing the wools in some of the larger caveties of the van (ie where the window cut-outs usually are) that make up the bulk of what will be the wall?
Hi Abby – There are 3 basic parts of the van insulation process. you mention the third. but first,
1) stuff nooks and crannies with “puffs” that you tear from the batts. we use no glue! so, tearing puffs is simple and fast. no need to compress the wool- just occupy the space.
2) with scissors, measure and cut out shapes that tuck behind the flanges of the van walls. “peel” the batt to get the right thickness for the depth of the cavity. Peeling Havelock batts is simple as we use no glue. Everyone peels the batts to get the perfect thickness for their wall/ceiling cavity depth. 2″ is the universal thickness and you can add or subtract thickness easily to match that of your cavity.
3) wrap or blanket the van with a continuous layer of batts. An easy strategy to temporarily suspend or hold up the wool until the finished wall is applied is to use string or tape (or glue- yuck) Remember string or tape is used just to hold the wool up until you apply the finished wall/ceiling. Rule of thumb: make sure you install the matching thickness of wool for the cavity depth. Once finished walls/ceiling are applied the wool “will stand up” as the wool fibers resist settling by constantly moving to manage moisture.
Hope that helps!
Frederic J Sharp
Great video! Would like tips using installing the insulation in rafters in a barn ceiling at a 45 degree angle- the challenge is we want to use the insulation as part of the finished ceiling! Would love to send the man in the video pictures!
Love the videos! We just ordered a few bags ourselves for our conversion and I’m wondering how to insulate our chevy g20 properly. There’s a lot of windows, fiberglass top/ceiling, and a weird angle towards the cab. Any advice on how to properly install the wool so it works to the best of its ability?
This video will give you a good sense of best practices when installing. Thanks! https://youtu.be/mbFprVIWYyc