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

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What could be the source of dirt in attic

I've had occasion to get up in the attic of my (new, to me) house recently. There is what appears to be dirt all over everything up there, with actual accumulation in places. This is a 2-story ...
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Can I extend attic vents so they don't get blocked by snow?

I have 2 square low profile attic vents on the detached garage but I'm pretty sure they are blocked with snow during the winter. If I should alter them, are there extensions available to raise these ...
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What is correct vapour barrier method for bathroom ceiling in a bungalow in Canada

I am in the middle of a complete main floor bathroom gutting and re-finish job in my house in CANADA.. and WINTER IS COMING!!!! THE BACKGROUND (pics below): My bathroom is 5'x 13' in a bungalow with ...
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Can I run 3 feet of water pipe in the attic for a rain shower?

I have a shower that I totally gutted out. I plan to implement a regular shower head and another rain shower head. I already have the majority of the work done and have only one thing left: to run a ...
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Is it difficult to work around cellulose installation?

I am a new house owner since July of 2014. I bought a 50 year old house with good bones and a great opportunity to flip it. My attic has a pathetic R5 insulation at the moment. Being a young home ...
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Home inspection requires exhaust to attic exterior

We have sold our 1995 built home. One item that needs to be addressed is "Bathroom fans vent to attic and need to exhaust to the exterior of the attic to prevent moisture condensation in attic." I ...
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Should there be an air outlet in an attic with a whole house fan?

There has been a whole house fan between the second floor and attic of my house for some time. We usually have it on with the downstairs windows open. I just had a thought: Should there be an open ...
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Repairing a gap under a eave.

Last night I heard scratching in the wall and upon investigation found that a squirrel had managed to knock loose a piece of wood (I assume as there was no covering to be found) in the eaves where one ...
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How to keep an attic over the garage cool?

The space over my garage is dominated by a large dormer, which I use as my office. On either side of this dormer, the remainder of the over-garage area is attic space. We have access panels into ...
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How to repair leaking blower / air exchanger in attic?

Earlier this summer I went up into my attic to retrieve something, and was surprised to feel a cool draft. I discovered that a gap had developed between two portions of the big metal box that ...
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Can I build 11' x 5.5' loft with 2x2x8 beam and 2x4 joist?

I have looked at a lot of span tables and calculators and am not sure if I can safely build this loft. It is in a garage and will need to bear the weight of two or three people and a build-in desk ...
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Can insulation batts run on top of wall studs?

Our house has vaulted ceilings, and the attic space contains three walls that are shared with living space (bedroom and living room). The attic sides of these walls have batts of insulation on them, ...
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Contractor vented bathroom vents in attic, now I have mold. Is he accountable? [closed]

A few years ago I bought a home. The inspector found mold in the attic and pointed out that the upstairs bathrooms did not have vents. I remediated the mold and had an electrician install vents that ...
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Why is there tar leaking into my attic?

I was doing my own home inspection today to keep up on maintenance, and I found something pretty unusual in the attic. On one of the boards in the roof a tar-like substance is leaking through the ...
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Air sealing a whole house fan

I have a whole house fan installed in my house from the previous owners. I love the fan, as it lets me cool down the house quickly in the evening -- or after I fill the house with smoke from ...
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Changing straight staircase to a turned stair with half landing, is this the Only solution to stairs cutting loft in half?

This terraced house has stairs rising from hallway and cutting across the middle of the house between two sitting rooms. This is repeated from first floor to attic leaving a loft cut in half with very ...
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Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?

I am in the process of adding some plywood decking to the floor of part of my attic, which is built from webbing-style trusses. In the picture below, the cross-brace marked with yellow arrows is a ...
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How to protect against shock from exposed romex?

In my attic, the truss upright in the picture below is really the only hand-hold available when pulling oneself up the last few steps on the attic access stairs. It has always bothered me that I have ...
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Hang 3 flat-screen monitors from a tilted wooden beam

I have an attic with a part where the floor was removed to bring light to the living room. I'd like to have my desk adjacent to that emptyness, but there's no space on the desk to place screens so I'd ...
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what size wood to use for garage loft

I want to build a loft above my two car spaces in the garage. It is 20 feet wide. Length is flexible depending on wood suggested. 8, 10, 12, 16 feet etc. There will be walls on three side but I ...
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Is insulation blockinng airflow of my vented soffit?

I have insulation shoved in front of my vented soffit's should the insulation Be there It was already there when we moved I didn't think much of an till I started doing some research after I blew in ...
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Dormers with ridge vents lower than main ridgeline

My roof contractor placed ridge vents on all peaks on my home, including the dormers. So, I have the main attic space, which is vented by a ridge vent running the entire length. I have plenty of ...
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can I extend my open loft?

I own an open loft (I have open view to the living room from the second floor), however, I feel that I'm wasting a lot of space. I want to know if is possible to close the second story completely and ...
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Add blown in insulation by hand

I have a few small areas in my attic that don't have sufficient insulation. The insulation already in place is blown-in. How practical is it to fluff up blow-in insulation and deposit it by hand in ...
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Attic vent with exposed rafter tails

I just purchased a 1927 bungalow style house. The roof has no trusses and has exposed rafter tails with 1x6's placed between as a block. There are no lower vents and wondered how to proceed to ...
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Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...
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Switched outlet in my attic - requried by code to not always be hot?

I was installing an HDTV antenna in my attic and there's an outlet up there to which I can plug in the amplifier. The problem is that both outlet plugs are switched - they're connected (along with two ...
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Is it necessary to remove old wasp nests?

The house and barn I just bought was not very well maintained. In the attic of the house there are about 50 abandoned wasps nests (as it is winter). The barn has well over 100. I know I need to ...
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How to run cable down wall near where the slope of the roof meets the ceiling?

I can't really get my body close enough to the point where the hole needs to be to drop down the wall since the slope of the roof meets the ceiling in the attic and leaves only about a foot-and-a-half ...
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How can I vent my roof without removing drywall?

I have a finished attic, that needs to be updated. The pitched sides of the roof are sheetrocked & insulated, the ceiling is a suspended ceiling (will be sheetrocked) and the low knee walls are ...
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Can I run water lines through the attic?

I recently had a Slab leak in my home in Indianapolis,IN. This is the 4th Slab leak since I've owned the home. I decided it was time to reroute all the Water lines. I thought this was best so I ...
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How to create a conditioned attic?

My attic has reached the point of no return with storage. I must use it for that purpose. So now I have to find a way to insulate the attic's roof. For this DIY handyman dad, does anyone know of a ...
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Attic was built to be living space in 1945, but are the trusses strong enough to keep doing so?

I have a Cape Cod style house that was built in 1945 with an attic as a living space. The trusses are 2x6, 16" apart, and don't span more than 15' across. Do I need to reinforce these trusses or ...
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Do I need a replacement attic vapour barrier after asbestos removal?

I recently had our Zonolite vermiculite asbestos professionally removed. The company used a large vacuum truck to remove it. They also ripped out the 6mm plastic vapour barrier in the attic. They ...
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Do I need to add roof vents if I close off a small attic space in the garage?

I have a small section of roof over the front of my garage, which I would like to insulate and drywall (making my garage fully insulated). It is 39" high, and 54" by 17', framed with 2x4 trusses, ...
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Using metal paint can as cover for non-IC rated recessed lights

Do you think using a 1 gallon metal paint bucket as a barrier in the attic over 3" non-IC rated recessed lighting will cause any heat problems? I've been looking for ways to keep the blown in ...
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Will moisture become trapped between a double air barrier in the ceiling beneath the attic?

In the ceiling of my house, the air barrier is torn and its joints are not taped. It is aluminized paper with tar. In the attic, under the glass wool insulation, I am thinking of adding a ...
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Can too much ridge ventilation be detrimental?

At my house in central Texas, where temperatures can persist at 86 - 110 degrees Fahrenheit, one side is always hot, no matter how long the A/C runs. That attic space is considerably hotter than other ...
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Can I add rolls of unfaced insulation to increase the R value of my attic insulation?

I live in a two story home that is approximately 150 years old. The attic floor is constructed with large beams and old wood planks laid across the complete surface area, rendering the attic useful ...
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How do I improve ventilation above my cathedral ceiling?

I live in San Bernardino County in southern California. Half of my house has a cathedral ceiling, and the other half is traditional attic. The attic has two gable vents, one at each end of the house; ...
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Putting up a curtain rail on a dormer wall

We have a loft conversion with a dormer and a window in the wall of the dormer. I'd like to put up some curtains, but I'm not sure how to attach the curtain rail. The dormer walls are described as: ...
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Can I use Romex in an unfinished basement or attic?

I am asking in reference to articles 382.2 & 382.12 in the 2008 edition of NFPA-70. The following definition appears to me to be describing Romex (NM-type) cabling: **382.2 Definitions** ...
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Gable Vent Fan to Make Usable Attic Storage Space - Useful or Trouble?

We have a "mini attic" in addition to the main attic. The mini is above the 1st floor kitchen and on the same level as the 2nd floor. It has an access door in the bedroom closet. My wife would ...
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What license/certifications are appropriate for mold remediation firms?

I am looking for someone to clean up mold in my attic, and I have been advised to find someone who is licensed in the area of mold. I’ve checked HomeAdvisor and BBB, but it’s not clear to me who ...
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How can I determine what is causing a newly creaking ceiling?

There's an area of my ceiling that has rather suddenly (in the last week) started creaking when the wind blows. It's at a juncture with a wall, right below the attic, and it is very localized (at ...
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How can I seal electric outlets to prevent garage fumes from seeping through?

Two of my bedrooms share a wall with my garage attic. One of the bedrooms started smelling like gasoline after my snow blower started leaking in the garage. After long investigation, I found out the ...
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How much attic ventilation is needed?

My roof already had the ridge and soffit vents and gable vents. Does it need attic fans/rotary turbines as well? I heard that I should close off the gable vents to let the ridge and soffits do their ...
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Is a roof sprinker a good idea?

I live in an area where temperatures often reach 95°F (35°C). I have attic fans and soffet vents and radiant barrier. Is it worth adding a roof sprinkler? I have read about it working wonders ...
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How can I insulate my attic conversion, without pulling down the plasterboard?

I recently purchased a house, and it has an attic conversion. Once winter came along we found out that there is no insulation between the roof and the plasterboard. Does anyone know of a way I can ...