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The baffles should go in between the rafters against the inside of the roof boards. They should extend from the lower soffit end, centered between the rafters, as far up as you expect the insulation to fill in. Your description about the existing fiberglass insulation batts seems to imply that these are installed between the attic rafters. If that is ...


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I am sorry but this sounds like horrible advice. Rigid or spray foam should not be used in large attics unless you just have money to burn. For your $ fiberglass blown in insulation is perfect for your installation plus plywood. (Fiberglass over cellulose since insects may love the coziness of the "wood boxes"). Also in large attics you ONLY insulate ...


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I did some work in my cousins home, one project was improving his insulation in his attic. He was already using it for storage and only had the 1960's version of insulation in place. (R-8) The plan included making a 8X12 storage platform and catwalk to his gable vents and HVAC unit. Using a number of 2X8s I crossed them over the existing joists edgewise at ...


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What is your budget for the entire project and does it near the quote from a company willing to spray-foam the rafters? Once the rafters are completely sealed with foam, the ceiling joists become less of an issue. Shove all the old insulation at hand into the floor cavities. Deck over it ASAP, so the workers don't damage your drywall by falling into a ...


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The presence of the droplets seems to indicate that there is still a water leak in the roof of the bumpout. The discoloration is likely coming from the accumulated dirt and dust in the "attic" part of the bumpout. It is also possible that the discoloration is coming from the leak water pooling in an area where the mice deposited their droppings and then ...


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It could not be dirt at all. If you see discoloration on your insulation that could indicate a high amount of airflow through the space over time.


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Subterranean termites build mud tunnels from dirt that they bring up from the ground. Tunnels going from crawlspace to attic is common. Most termite guys will destroy the tunnels after treating the area and not bother to clean up the dirt. Not saying this is the source (I'm not a termite inspector) but something to consider


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A couple of thoughts... If there are holes in the ceiling of the second floor then air can be flowing up into the attic. Over years this can create a fair amount of dirt/dust. If you have an automatic fan to ventilate the attic this could be pulling dirty air into the attic through the soffits. Sounds like you do not, but suggesting... It may not be ...


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I can think of three reasons. Dust, like you mentioned, but coming from anywhere (e.g. soffit vents), not just the crawlspace Debris from the the last roofing. Termite turds. Look up pictures of termite pellets. Is like dust? Sandy? Gravelly?


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We had a raccoon in the attic and hired a pest company to remove it. He sealed 3 entries and caged the 4th with a one way door. We got lucky the racoon didn't have a family in our attic. What they do in this case is get the adults out with the one way door and then go into the attic to fetch the babies. The important thing is to put the babies at the last ...



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