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

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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 ...
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Why is there water dripping from my ceiling AC vents?

I have a one story house with hot water heat. The house also has forced air AC ducts running from the attached garage, in the attic, down into the living room, bedrooms, and kitchen. At certain times ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I need soffit vents for my knee wall attic?

I purchased a 55 year old home that has no soffit vents. The attic space consists of a knee wall attic space and peak attic space. The peak attic space has vents at each end and a ridge vent at the ...
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How do I determine what supplies to buy to insulate an attic?

I would like to add more insulation to an attic. What measurements and points do I need to look at to decide what materials to buy? How do I determine if I need airflow baffles? How do I determine ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How can I add flooring to an attic floor with electrical wires running across it?

Want to floor attic space that has electrical wires tacked to joists. is the best way to notch out additional boards over wires and add to the top of these joists and then floor?
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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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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 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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How do I draft proof a “drop down” loft hatch

I am trying to draft proof our drop down loft hatch, however I can't see how to get a good seal as its “push to release” click does not hold it tightly enough against the draft proofing strips. Are ...
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How should I add new joists and flooring to a loft space?

First off, basic floor plan of the loft: Hard lines are the walls on the first floor underneath, joists on the first floor landing run left to right so does that mean the central wall running front ...
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How to properly vent attic in windy/snowy areas to avoid snow infiltration?

To ask the other part of question: How bad is it to have wet insulation? that didn't get asked... How do you deal with homes that are in high wind and snowy areas which are susceptible to snow ...
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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 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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Should I insulate my attic with a hot or cold roof?

I'm turning my 3rd floor attic into a usable space. It's a hip roof, 25' x 23', with one dormer. We just had new asphalt singles put on it and it was about 12 foot of ridge vent on the dormer / peak....
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Attic ventilation, do I have enough?

I currently have blown-in insulation, that reaches the top of the attic floor. I was told by several insulation companies that I need a R value of at least 49, meaning, I need to add a good 12-18" ...
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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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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, I'...
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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 (two ...
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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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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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How can install rafter baffle venting 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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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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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 (seriously!...
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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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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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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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Running LV conduit through attic - what do I need to know?

I want to run 1" LV conduit (Carlon Resi-gard) through the attic. Basically, I am using the attic for the "horizontal" run from one room to another. I will be sealing the hole with some caulking, ...
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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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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 ...