Attics (also called "lofts") are the space immediately below a house's roof.

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Does this NM cable require protection?

We're selling our home and the buyer's inspector says the white cable in these photos must be protected from damage, by either a conduit or instead using a metallic cable. It's connected to the ...
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Can a bathroom fan be exhausted through existing gable vent?

My bathroom exhaust fan recently broke. When I went to replace it, I noticed that it wasn't being exhausted from the attic. I was about to make a separate hole in the nearest gable to exhaust the ...
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What is the proper way to perform work in an attic? (UPDATED)

For an attic with rolled fiberglass insulation, what is the proper way to perform work in the attic? Is it okay to just walk on top of the insulation, stepping where there are beams underneath it? ...
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Worried about cracked rafters in house built 1985

There are cracks and dry rot in the rafters of this house, and I'm wondering how urgently they need to be fixed: support rafter where brace is located, crack runs widthwise almost entire width ...
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Lot of cracking noises in the attic

I bought a house about a year ago and ever since there has been a ton of cracking noises coming from the attic. They sound like thermal expansion noises, but they happen all day and night, in any ...
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Keeping hot tub (spa) circuit line inside attic properly

I have a house with a circuit for a backyard SPA that is no longer present. I want to remove all wiring coming down from the attic, but want to leave the fat 220V line in place (in case I need in the ...
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Thermal Expansion and Contraction in Two Story Townhome

I live in California in the city of Chatsworth to be exact. I live in a two story Townhome and for the most part when I sleep in my bedroom it's very quiet. Occasionally there will be nights sometimes ...
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What is this stuff in the attic?

What is the black stuff in the first four photos, and the white stuff in the last photo? Is any of it mold, or is it all harmless stuff? Structure is about 10 years old. Home inspector claimed that ...
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Building an Attic Loft with a Low Pitch Roof (Approximately 5:12)

I'm new to the site. I'm curious as to what kind of potentially usable space I might see if I built (or had help building) an attic loft in a 2/2 home with a low pitched roof (about 5:12 pitch). ...
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How to mount floating loft stairs to the wall

I'm looking for a nice way to make a stairs for loft bed in the apartment. I definitely want to use space under stairs for storage but I don't want to use all space. I like an idea shown here ...
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Properly Venting a Dryer

BACKGROUND INFO: We have an upstairs laundry room with the dryer vented directly into the attic space! House was built in '84, maybe had three previous owners before us. Not sure what the code was ...
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Cracking and creaking noises in ceiling and dry wall

I've asked numerous people and no one has the slightest idea of what this can be. I'm hoping y'all can maybe come up with ideas to help figure this out. I moved to the condo three months ago. For ...
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Is this flue dangerous?

I had access to a ladder the other day, so naturally I was poking around in the attic of our house where we have lived for about a year. Above the closet where the furnace and water heater are ...
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Will my roof construction allow attic flooring?

I am looking to add plywood flooring in my attic for storage page. There is a lot of space, very large areas. From what I've been reading, it looks to be ill-advised to add flooring if the roof was ...
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Drywall,taping attic ceiling

I'm remodeling my attic in my bungalow, the way I want to do it is to leave the rafters exposed so I get a rustic loft look. What I done first was put wood strips up between the rafters then installed ...
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Fishing Wire From Corner of Attic?

I'm running speaker wire from the 2 corners of this room. But one of the corners is way too tight for me to grab the fished wire. And the Fiberglass Wire Pull Rods i'm using are too stiff to bend from ...
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Is this fix for a cracked whole house fan collar sufficient?

This past fall we had a new HVAC system put in along with new duct work and insulation. There were a lot of people in my attic, and over the course of the project, the collar that sits above my whole ...
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Best insulation to adhere to back of door leading to attic space?

In the closet of an upstairs bedroom, there is a door about 3/4 the size of a normal door that leads to an unheated attic space. It gets pretty chilly in that closet during the winter months, since ...
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How can I dry out our attic and prevent mold?

What is the best way to dry out our attic. While putting away Christmas deco I noticed black mold on the ceiling. We don't have the money to pay a professional to get rid of it. And with the cold ...
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Risks of blocking loft hatch?

I am looking to have a built in wardrobe installed but having it where I want would mean blocking the loft hatch. Are there any risks to not having access to the loft?
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How to build attic space in garage

I have a garage with a peaked roof supported by 2x6 trusses spaced at 48". I want to insulate the attic space. How should I proceed? I'm planning to toenail 2x4s perpendicular to the trusses (spaced ...
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Want to cover up nail points in attic ceiling

I'm in the attic every so often to store empty boxes and I'm planning to do some wiring (non electrical) so I'm afraid that I might stand up and have nails through my head. My plan isn't to cover the ...
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What is this black coloring in attic?

Curious if anyone can tell what this is? Not sure if it's mold or if it is something else. The yellow in the closeup is sap I believe but the black stuff almost looks like super small poppy seeds. ...
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Attic Insulation

I have Insulated AC flex duct work in my attic. Am I correct in that since its insulated already if I lay insulation over the duct work it is fine as long as the duct work is sealed properly? I have ...
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Covering attic baffles with plywood instead of drywall

I have these newly spray foam insulated baffles with 2x6" rafters, and I would like to cover them directly with plywood (for aesthetic reasons) rather than drywall. Is that an issue with fire ...
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Laundry drain through Phoenix attic

So I just moved to a new single-story home in Phoenix, AZ from central Pennsylvania. Currently the washer and dryer are located in a closet in the kitchen, right beside the main plumbing stack ...
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Add fiberglass rolls across joists in attic if joist cavities not completely filled?

We purchased a house with an insufficiently insulated attic. There's currently about 2-3 inches of loose-fill fiberglass insulation in between the 2x6 joists. I'd love to just roll unfaced R-30 ...
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Insulation over ceiling drywall nailers or scabs

So fiberglass batts 12" thickness. The goal is to not let the insulation become compacted or have gaps between unconditioned and the conditioned space. When a drywall nailer is fastened to the top ...
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Should I use 14/2 Romex or Armored Cable between plaster attic ceiling and exterior roof?

I am running wire for some recessed lights in my finished attic. It is a typical gable roof; the interior is plastered with 2x6 joists. Im curious to know if running Romex in the ceiling between the ...
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Leftover mineral wool insulation

I am insulating my house, going with R38 Fiberglass batts (single faced) in the attic. I will have a decent amount of Mineral wool 1.5" thick and 7" thick that ranges from R5 to R30 respectively. I ...
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Installing a floor for storage above detached garage?

We have a gabled-roof single-story detached garage with horizontal 2x4 beams spaced four feet apart and a 20' span. There are two vertical 2x4 beams connecting the two horizontal center beams to the ...
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Concerns about cutting into roof for attic access?

I've spoken with a contractor who proposes cutting a hole in the roof of our circa 1900 house to access the attic for installing insulation. This intuitively seems like a bad idea--that it could ...
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Attic insulation: Giving unfaced insulation a face

I just moved into a small 1950s home. The previous owner had purchased tons of unfaced fiberglass batts and they are still in their bags, piled up in the attic. So I'm going to clean up the little bit ...
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Insulating the concrete attic with rockwool slabs

I want to insulate the attic with rockwool slabs in an unusual way. My house is old and we may have to rebuilt a new house in next 5 years, so I do not want to spend a lot of money on this. Attic / ...
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Cat6/Low Voltage Termination in a wooden enclosure

I have been bouncing around the idea of running CAT6 thru my older (1970s) house. Single story with an unfinished attic I have identified a bedroom closet as the potential location for the central ...
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How do I handle baffles at the corners on a hip roof?

What do the energy pros do here in the corner of a hip roof? I don't have enough room to install a baffle. I want to install insulation here, so I'm not sure if I would run into problems with moisture ...
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Wanting to insulate attic in 1930s home, have some questions (baffle install, soffit venting, mixing cellulose/fiberglass, etc)

Have a 1930's 2-story house. I recently upgraded the wiring in the 2nd story to get rid of all the knob/tube left in the house, and I figured while I'm up there I should add some attic insulation ...
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Adding 2 lights, white wires only?

I am adding 2 additional light receptacles in my garage attic. I thought this was going to be pretty straightforward until I got to the currently working light in the attic (pic attached). I get ...
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How can I add insulation to my attic cheaply and safely?

I currently have 6 - 8 inches of cellulose blown in insulation in my attic. I live in Michigan and energystar.gov is recommending a total of R49 - 60. From what I can tell only have about R19-25 ...
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New House Wiring in Attic + Conduit

I own an old house (50s) for which the electrical is outdated (no ground, etc), so I am in the process of rewiring the whole house. The attic has tons of insulation (loose insulation atop fiberglass ...
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How to cover exposed attic wall insulation

I have a small walk (crouch)-in attic from the closet of one of my upstairs bedrooms. It has insulation on the walls that form the bedroom closet/wall. Given how small the attic is, whenever I go in ...
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How to add more lights to my attic

I have 1 light in my attic but its not bright enough for the whole attic so i want to add 4 more lights. the switch is in the downstairs hallway, so all that is in the attic is a electrical wire and ...
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What is the best way to close gaps between a chimney and roof from the inside?

From my attic I can see gaps to the outdoors along the outside corners of the chimney. Primarily this is a problem with both wasps and bats squeezing themselves into the attic. Also, a recent ...
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Benefit to running electric wires through walls vs attic/basement? 1-story house

We're planning on getting some updates to the electric wiring in our house. Installing more wall outlets, removing some knob & tube in the attic, installing GFCI outlets in required places, and ...
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Insulating attic - vapour barrier question

My girlfriend has her parents 61-year-old home in St. John's NL and it has an attic with poor ventilation and unfastened R-12 kraft-faced (and facing up) fibreglass laying on the original drywall. I ...
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Vertical loft supports doing nothing?

Sorry I couldn't find an answer for this anywhere so thought I'd try the great minds here instead (am hoping shameless compliments will get me somewhere here!) Basically our loft has these 4 beams ...
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possible to have too much soffit intake venting for roof/attic?

Is it possible to have too much soffit intake? Currently my simple gable roof on a ranch home has 8 RVO38 vents but NO soffit intake vents (terrible!). Of course the attic space runs incredibly hot ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch ...
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False roof frame in ceiling

Have never figured out what this is. There is basically a false roof frame in the attic. The peak is the opposite direction of the actual roof. As far as I know there hasn't been any major remodeling ...