Is there a picture that can I go up to the Attic. I am not familiar about it and how do I walk on the ones you don't want to fall on the drywall ?

I went up to the attic entrance and took these pictures from it but I did not walk. I want to see what it looks like and it has foams that is whole bunch of it from there. The only area doesn't have these in the Garage which is behind me.

I live in Colorado and I believe the builders put them there to protect from the cold winters we have here...

This is all new to me and it is first time I am going to have to deal with this and I am not very expert in this area. I grew up in hot weather and we dont have to deal with it when I was a kid.

I'd like to get some tips or advice on what should I do ?

I have include the pictures to share with you.

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    Sorry, but the use of pronouns is pretty hard to follow right now... I believe you're asking about how to locate joists so you don't step through the ceiling drywall? – Hari Ganti Sep 4 '18 at 21:35
  • @HariGanti I am not sure if I can understand your answer... – PROBERT Sep 4 '18 at 23:44
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    What do you want to do in the attic? If there is nothing but insulation in the attic and it is good, there no need to go inside. – Jack Sep 5 '18 at 2:50
  • If you want to be able to use part of the attic for storage, or have work you need to do in the attic, especially if it will be periodic, you can put down something like plywood as flooring in areas you will need to access. You would need to move enough insulation to expose the tops of the joists to see where to place and secure the flooring. – fixer1234 Sep 5 '18 at 7:20
  • @Jack I want to go to where the ceiling fan is as I am trying to replace the old junction box because it is thinner than the newer junction box. See here diy.stackexchange.com/questions/145318/… and look at the second picture. – PROBERT Sep 5 '18 at 14:58

What you have in your attic is blown cellulose or fiberglass insulation. It can be moved out of the way and replaced in small areas without too much harm to its insulating value.

To move around in your attic, you need to step only on the wooden framing members... virtually any portion of the truss rafters, or any of the boards laying across them perpendicular. You could also take some sturdy boards up with you and move them around as needed, laying them across between the trusses.

If you step between the framing onto the drywall you will tear it loose from the framing and cause serious damage to the ceiling below (and/or yourself). It's critical that you avoid doing so.

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    May want to throw in that in addition to ceiling damage, there's high risk for extremely painful injuries when one's crotch inevitably slams onto the joist after one leg falls through ;) – stevieb Sep 5 '18 at 14:28
  • Once you find the ceiling joists you can bring up some 2x6 or 5/8 Plywood and span the joists so you have a bit more stable area to work on. I've added a few 'runners' that go perpendicular to the Joists so I have a place to walk easily from one side to the other. then have the plywood up there for the area I'm doing my work in. – scooter133 Sep 6 '18 at 4:16

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