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

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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 ...
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How does the temperature sensor work in an attic fan?

I have an attic fan that should turn on by the temperature that is set. It is pretty hot today (Southern California) so I expected it to be on. So far I have not seen it turn on and I just reduce ...
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Is it alright for an exhaust fan to vent into the loft? [duplicate]

I live in a rented property, when I moved in a new bathroom suite had been installed. We however have had chronic condensation problems in the property. when going into the loftspace I could not ...
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Why don't people use rigid or spray foam insulation in attics?

I'm looking to upgrade the insulation in my attic bumping it from an R-6 to R-30 or better, and while looking into things I realized I've never seen anyone use rigid or spray foam insulation in an ...
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How do I install a bathroom exhaust system?

We are set to close on our house in about three weeks and one of the problems that the inspector noted was that the vent in the guest bath vents into the attic (never going outside) and the master ...
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Can I cover junction boxes in the attic with insulation?

This may be a duplicate of What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics? I have an attic which is accessible via a ladder through an access panel in the garage and in a bedroom. The trusses ...
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Why am I having an attic ventilation problem this year when I didn't last year?

This winter in the attic I noticed ice on the roofing nails. Obviously warm moist air condensed and then froze on the cold nails. When the weather broke and warmed up a bit, I was back up in the attic ...
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Is the lack of a vapor barrier in the attic causing my mold issue?

For the last couple of days we have noticed more and more mold growth on the ceiling throughout the house. Wondering what was going on, I climbed into the attic this past weekend and notice that no ...
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How do I find the studs on my ceiling through 4.5" of polyiso?

I am starting to install polyiso on the interior of my slanted cathedral roof assembly and am having trouble finding the studs through the 4.5" of polyiso that I have. Things working against me: ...
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How can I improve the insulation in the lower attic space?

I live in a house with a finished attic. There's a substantial upper attic (big enough to walk around) and there are also knee walls between the upstairs rooms and the lower attic. There is ...
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Do attic vents or rafter baffles need to be as wide as the rafter bay?

What happens if the attic vents or rafter baffles don't cover the entire opening between the rafters and one or two inches of wood is left exposed?
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What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics?

What is the typical code for wiring in attics? I understand these vary but what's best practice? Can you just have electrical wires exposed with all the junctions, in junction boxes, provided all the ...
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How can I wire an HD antenna into my attic?

I have a 2 year old house 2 floors and then an attic that you have to use a pulldown to get into. The house has an ethernet cable (90% sure it is an ethernet cable) that is in the attic, I have a HD ...
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How can I stop exhaust fan vent condensation problems?

So, our bathroom fan leaks when it is cold. In the attic, the PVC pipe connected to the exhaust is uninsulated, and frosted -- shock! So, my question is, what is the best way to fix this? Do I cut ...
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How much vent fan throughput do I need for my bathroom?

What minimum size (CFM) vent fan do I need per cubic foot of bathroom? Consider a bathroom that is 10ft. X 4ft. X 6ft(height). What is the minimum throughput rating for a vent fan? I want a vent fan ...
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Is dirty batt insulation on attic floor a sign of air leakage?

My attic is 530 sqft, with soffits, ridge vent and some 18"X18" window with mesh over it (I cant recall its name). The house was built in 1960 and has batt insulation on the attic floor. The batt ...
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How do I properly insulate an attic ceiling?

I'm considering insulating my attic ceiling using a foam kit. Doing a bit of research tells me that air sealing and proper ventilation are key I live in Long Island NY and currently have about R-19. ...
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Should a fire alarm be installed in the attic?

I installed hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms through the house. I wondered, though, if a fire spread through my attic I might not know about it until the ceiling or roof collapsed. Should I ...
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What are these metal ducts/tubes going into the attic used for?

We live in a house that is approx. 1200 sq ft. and was most likely gutted and 'refactored' by the previous owner. In our laundry room, they built a 'closet' around the water heater and our HVAC unit. ...
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Is torn kraft paper vapor retarder in the attic a problem?

I'm adding additional insulation in my attic. Unfortunately, I tore the kraft paper vapor barrier of the existing fiberglass insulation in many places while air sealing. Is this a problem? Or is this ...
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What is the best way to install insulation batts in an attic?

As far as we can tell, the attic is laid out like so - first is the 2nd floor ceiling, then whatever material is right above that, then the attic joists, then there is plywood nailed to the joists, ...
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Can I add unfaced insulation on top of faced insulation which is on top of cellulose?

I want to roll out some additional fiberglass insulation in my attic. Currently there is loose cellulose with faced fiberglass batts placed on top of the cellulose. The facing is facing out as in ...
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Where is the best place to store cardboard?

Having recently moved, a thrifty state of mind, and plenty of room for storage, taking into account mice, mold, and structural breakdown: Would it be better to storage collapsed moving boxes in the ...
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How do you navigate an unfinished attic?

My attic only has plywood around our HVAC. The rest is just covered with cellulose insulation. How do people get around their unfinished attics? I've been up with a flashlight trying to judge where ...
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How much ventilation do I need on a small roof?

This small building has a footprint of 10' x 12' with a gable roof (sideways, so the gables are 10' apart). Slope is 4:12, so the peak is only 2' above the walls. My ridge isn't vented, so I'll be ...
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Should I relocate the HVAC unit in my attic?

I have had a couple of estimates to replace our HVAC system and one contractor says he would relocate the system to a more central location in the attic. One says there is no need to relocate. There ...
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Where can I find parts for attic pulldown stairs?

I need two rollers replaced in my attic loft pull down staircase - the big ones on the picture. These drums have tension spring inside that helps to pull the stairs up and down. The mechanism is ...
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How can I stop a draft from an attic hatch lid?

During the colder months there is a cold draft at the bottom of the stairs and I had a new drop down loft hatch installed 18 months ago as I was convinced that was the cause. It had become warped. But ...
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Do I need exterior grade cables or conduit to run wire in an enclosed soffit?

I'm looking to add some lights on motion detectors (un-switched) and security cameras under the eaves of our house. I know standard romex is often used in attics, but the soffits seem like they might ...
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Does it do any good to use fiberglass insulation if you're not going to drywall?

My attached garage is not insulated. When I look up, I see the roof sheathing. I was thinking of adding insulation to the garage. The problem is there is no attic space, so I shouldn't drywall it ...
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Is a sealed attic appropriate for Southern California?

I have a two-story house. Half the house has a cathedral ceiling (which will be left as is) and the other half has a traditional attic with no soffits. The only ventilation in the attic comes from two ...
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What kind of contractor would I need to service or replace pull down attic stairs?

I have attic loft with pull down stairs access to it and I need it either serviced or replaced with a new rope system. Can you advice what kind of contractor I'd need for this? As you can see on the ...
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How can I insulate my attic on a tight budget?

My attic is running 135Fahrenheit (55 Celsius) and more right now. And that's before it even gets to the hottest part of the day! The A/C guy said the A/C's are working perfectly. But he tested the ...
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What can I do with these roof trusses to cover them up a bit?

Relating to another question about loft conversion I also want to fill up the gaps in between the trusses on which the roof tiles lie on. So during allot of build I heard here and there that some ...