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

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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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Should I be concerned about creaks when the wind blows?

Is it normal to hear creaks when the wind blows at about 20 mph speed? I heard the creaks in the upstairs when i was sleeping in the bedroom. I guess that was from the attic. I am little worried as ...
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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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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I install insulation over the HVAC duct work and plywood?

Currently there is R19 faced insulation installed between the floor joists. I am adding R30 unfaced perpendicular to the currently installed R19. I have two questions: 1) There is an HVAC unit in ...
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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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Water under the vapour barrier in the attic

I noticed a small wet patch on my bathroom ceiling. So I climbed into the attic to see if the roof is leaking as the wet patch was close to the wall near where the eves trough runs. It was then that I ...
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I added insulation to my attic rafters, but should I have left room for airflow?

I added insulation to my attic rafters and plugged the space between the outdoors and my attic with insulation. It lowered my heating bill by $150/month, but I've seen some information that I may ...
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What should I keep in mind for attic storage solutions for a small home with 14" rafter spacing?

So our attic and our stuff in general is not serving us. Yes, we need to get rid of the stuff we don’t need. If we need anything up there then it is not down here because we need it seasonally (think ...
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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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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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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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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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Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?

I would like to use the attic space above my 2-car garage for storage of items around the house and garage, and if possible, utilize some of the space as a small work area. The previous owners left ...
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How would I go about “smoking out” rodents from attic before I patch all known entryways?

I have to seal up some holes in my house were pests are getting in. But before I do, I want to flush out the ones that I hear up in my attic and elsewhere in hard to get places. I can't reach parts ...
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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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where is safe to step on in attic

please see attached picture. Is it safe to step on the angled wood support highlighted in red box?
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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 to insulate attic bathroom vent to prevent condensation

i bought a house in june and the bathroom fan start dripping water a few weeks ago (november). I looked at the inspection report and the picture shows that the vent duct through the roof isn't ...
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Installing cardboard deflectors (baffles) in attic

Goal I need to install 75 cardboard deflectors (baffles) in my attic. I need to do this so that the cellulose does not go into my soffits. Current Setup I brought myself up three sheets of 2x10 ...
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how do i improve the temperature of my sons room?

i have a house in new york and i have insulation with paper backing in the attic. My room which has the thermostat is always 4 degrees warmer than his room which is situated over the living room can i ...
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How should I secure cables in attic trusses?

When running NM cable across attic trusses, is it required to 'secure' the cable (with stables or straps) every 4.5 ft or is the support from trusses every two feet sufficient?
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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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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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Is sealing via tape necessary for knee wall foam board insulation.?

I have dramatically improved the ventilation and insulation situation in my house's knee wall attic space, but I have one concern. I nailed up foam board over the studs and fiberglass batts. Do the ...
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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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What could be causing the sound of water dripping?

My wife always hears water drip in the kitchen above my microwave. More often after we just used it. There is a Fan in the microwave for use when cooking. Also, in the bathroom near the Fan, there has ...
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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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How can I insulate an already converted attic space?

A couple of years ago we had our attic converted to a spare bedroom, It became obvious after the first winter that there was a problem, after inspection it was confirmed that there is no insulation ...
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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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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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How should I run CAT6 wiring from one side of my house to the other?

I want to run CAT6 wire through my house, from the wired west wall to the east end of the house, and I would like to do so as cheaply as possible. I do have an inside storage space under the living ...
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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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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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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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How should I deal with an animal in the attic?

My tenants tell me that they hear an animal (possibly a raccoon) in the attic. This is an old (1880s) three story row house with a flat roof and a pretty low (2 ft average, maybe) attic. The house ...
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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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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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Line voltage thermostat to shut off attic fan when outside temp is close to inside?

I have an attic fan with a thermostat, but with the high heat these past weeks, the outdoor temperature is often above the thermostat setting. Thus, I'm just replacing all the air in the attic with ...
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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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Where should my furnace filter go in a Lennox G40UHX series furnace?

I have a Lennox G40UH(X) series furnace, which is installed in our attic (We have a single-story house on a slab). Because the furnace is installed in the attic, it is "laying down" on its side, and ...
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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 ...