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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How can I build a custom stair case in a small space?

In my continuing pursuit of gutting this house and trying to better it; the snow has finally broken and its time to get back to work. We really, REALLY, want to use the attic space as storage / den / ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I add insulation to my attic?

I'm pretty sure my attic needs some additional insulation (it looks pretty sparse and my house is freezing!). Here are some images of my attic: http://imgur.com/a/pdsXF Two questions: There is ...
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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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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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How do I insulate space in loft to create music studio

I have 3 DIY created rooms in my large live/work studio/artist loft. They are made with 2x4 and 2x6, framing with drywall walls and plywood ceiling. The apt has 14' 7" ceilings so we just have ...
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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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What size of ceiling joists should I use

We started remodeling the 2nd floor this last fall, starting with a spare bedroom, but between our day jobs and the holidays, we ran out of time, stopping short of dry-walling - the room is sealed and ...
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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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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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Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house

The air in my attic gets superheated during summer, from the sun baking the (clay? terracotta?) roof tiles (I live in Sydney, Australia). I have good ceiling insulation, and even put in some sarking ...
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Is it possible to convert a truss attic into living space?

What are some options for converting a trussed roof into living space? My understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) is that the following needs to be taken into consideration: proper floor ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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Do I need an air space between insulation and flooring in the attic?

As part of a local council grant, I am getting my attic floor insulation (2 inch thick fibreglass) replaced with 4 inch thick insulation. It will lie between the joists, on top of the plasterboard ...
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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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Insulating attic ceiling and looking for synthetic t&g ceiling boards

We have a 3/4 upper floor room that is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. The current ceiling consists of 2x4 ceiling rafters with a foam vent and perhaps 2.5" of foam insulation, then the ...
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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: ...