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

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attic access to the outside

If i build in my attic 2 bedrooms do I need to have a access door to the outside or some kind of ladder. The attic is the 2nd story of my home and has normal stairs going up from the main floor living ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What type of motor do I need for my attic fan?

My attic fan motor appears to be on the fritz (makes a buzzing sound and the fan tries to turn but won't make it more than 1-2 revolutions without sticking). I'm trying to figure out what type of ...
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How can I insulate my attic in southern California?

I live in Southern California (San Bernardino county), and I'd like to add insulation in my attic. cathedral ceiling; 1/2 of entire roof has no attic space how do i insulate this space? the other 1/2 ...
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Is it possible for wind driven rain to be forced into soffit vents? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can wind force rain into the soffits? Apologies if this question was asked before. I've recently noticed slight paint peeling in two ceiling locations, right next to ...
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How do I deciding whether to install an attic venting system?

I live in Colorado, and the weather is starting to warm up. In a couple months, the temperatures will rise pretty high. Thankfully, I have a well insulated house (there is over 20 inches of fiberglass ...
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elegant attic hatch design for several purposes

My attic hatch measures roughly 2' square. Presently, it has insulation on top of the hatch door (in the attic). Because some of the hatch sticks up above the insulation on the floor of the attic, ...
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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 use a water tank and pump to feed a boiler?

As the title suggests I would like to know if I can use a water tank and pump to feed my boiler? I want to get rid of my electric shower and currently I have large water tank with a pump feeding to ...
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was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?

my bathroom fan was dropping water so i went up to the attic and applied fiberglass insulation to the bare metal vent pipt from the fan out to the roof. i was up in the attic for an hour wearing ...
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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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Is there any reason not to use a radiant barrier in the attic?

i am considering putting up a radiant barrier in my attic, with a product like AtticFoil, to 1) reduce the attic temperatures as my A/C ducting is in the attic and 2) to reduce heat convection into my ...
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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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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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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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Is it safe or normal to close/cover junction boxes but use existing line to power new boxes just a few (6-12) inches away from the old ones?

We have 2 pendant lights hanging over a breakfast bar in the kitchen. The boxes are easily accessible in the attic. We'd like to move them back a few inches and then add additional wiring for a 3rd ...
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Do I need a moisture barrier between my bedroom and attic?

This is related to my other question about moisture barriers. There is an attic above the bedroom and there is insulation with paper backing in place. The attic area seems far more likely to get ...
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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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What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door?

What is the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door (no integrated ladder)? Primarily concerned about heat entry through the door when closed. Also concerned about heat entry ...
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finishing attic above garage

I have a 2 car garage about 20 by 20 in size. Planning to build an attic storage/bonus room above it.The space above garage measures about 18 by 20 with minimum hight of 6 feet, and an access can be ...
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Do I really need a newel post at every change in direction in a banister?

I'm constructing a banister for a loft. It's an area with three angled turns - labelled A, B, and C in this picture: I know the conventional wisdom is that you need a newel post at every change in ...
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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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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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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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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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Will installing an OSB floor in the attic create moisture problems?

I installed some new OSB flooring in my attic. The area it covers is about 160 sq. ft. The total area of the attic is about 750 sq. ft. There is just blown fiberglass up there, and there is no vapor ...
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How do I insulate around conduits and into difficult edges in my attic?

I am thinking about adding a little over a foot of insulation to my attics. I understand that there shouldn't be gaps between fiberglass batts (I read that this can reduce efficiency by 25%, whatever ...
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Is it economically reasonable to cool the roof by water evaporation

I want to estimate the outcome before going into hassle of installing the sprinklers/mist emitters. I have a place on the last floor, you can call it an attic, directly under a flat roof which is ...
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Do I have to worry about condensation on plywood over rigid foam insulation in the attic?

I have a vented attic space with poor insulation in the attic floor and rafters, so I'm going to button it up. My energy auditor suggested I insulate the floor as follows: cut blocks of rigid foam ...
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Are mice dying in my loft?

I have a downstairs toilet that protrudes from the side of the house. As a result, it has a loft area that is not accessible without cutting into the plasterboard ceiling. Mice are fairly common in ...
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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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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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Would enveloping an attic in insulation cause any problems?

My attic currently has batt insulation between the joists, and a second layer of batt insulation on top of that. In the summer, the second floor is quite a bit warmer than the first floor. I'm ...
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Insulation type to use on a hinged metal attic door

In this question, I asked about the best type of insulation to use on a hinged metal attic door, when one is also concerned about heat entering around the edges of the door when closed. The answer I ...
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Looking for Second Opinion on New Insulation in Attic

I had someone come take a look at the attic yesterday to do an assessment. He uses the sprayable foam insulation and said that he would spray the ceiling of the attic rather than the floor (and remove ...
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How to protect non-metallic cable parallel to face of joist in attic?

I would like to run non-metallic cable (Romex) along the sides of the floor joists in my attic. Code (NEC 300.4(D)) says that wires need to be 1.25" from the top or bottom of the framing member. ...
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What could be causing condensation on attic pipes?

My son just bought a new house in Calvary, Alberta. The last few nights have been approximately -30 °C (-22 °F). When he was cleaning his second floor guest bathroom, he noticed a stain on ...
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How do we properly insulate a loft ceiling with 2“ by 4” without loosing space?

We have recently started a home improvement project that involved completely redoing all of our vaulted ceilings. We have a loft area that was about 6 foot in height at the peak. When we did the demo ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can I move an attic furnace downstairs

I love the single unit HVACs. I hate the unit in the attic - it has leaked so many times. Now that I am ready to replace the attic unit, I was wondering if I could have the same setup as my 1st floor ...