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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...