Questions tagged [attic]

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

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Well I be able to convert this to a storage space safely?

Have some space above a section of my garage - approx 9 X 18 ft. I want to put some OSB down and install a ladder so that I can use it for season storage. After some research is seems anything with ...
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Unsupported joists in attic?

In my attic there is a beam that ends 80% of the way through. A few of the joists are connected with nails but are unsupported laterally. Should these joists have better support?
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Can I flip any hanging beams flat on their side?

The framing in my attic is annoying because it's very difficult work near the roof edge, due to the presence of what I think are called hanging beams -- large timbers on edge attached to the tops of ...
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Delaminating roof sheathing in attic

I recently had my roof replaced. The roofer recommended that we also replace the sheathing so we did. As they were installing the sheathing I expressed concern that the sheathing had small strips ...
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What is the correct placement of a 2nd story through-wall bathroom vent

I have a 2nd story bathroom which is a little too humid unless the window is left cracked all the time, greatly decreasing the efficiency of our HVAC system. I would like to install a bathroom fan ...
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Wanting to support my shed loft

I bought a 10x20 wood lofted shed. One loft is just 4 feet wide and the other is 8 feet. I’m wanting to use the 8’ loft for totes and other storage but it’s already starting to bow underneath it a bit....
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Better, not Perfect way to Insulate Uninsulated Attic Space in older Home

I have an older 2-story home (almost 100yrs) in Ohio, Zone 5. Rafters, walls everything built from 2x4's and 1x6 planks for deck of roof. Just had roof done so not planning on doing a tear off at ...
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Loft board orientation for best loading

I recently purchased a kit to enable me to put in some raised flooring into my loft (as my house has double-thickness insulation). This kit contains some supports which screw onto the wooden joists ...
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Need help designing a garage loft

I'm going to be moving into a new house that has a finished garage with a high ceiling. I want to build a loft in the garage for storage. There are plenty of online span calculators that should help ...
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New Generator Circuit - 10/3 UF-B to NM-B back to UF-B through attic

I've found bits and pieces that answer most of my project questions, but still a bit unclear. I have about 50' of UF-B and about 25' of NM-B, all 10/3. My project is to run a dedicated circuit from ...
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How to drill through soffit corner?

I need to run some network cabling for a camera but I’m very close to a corner and I don’t want to do more damage than good. It’s very tight so I can’t get there in the attic, but if I could drill up ...
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2 angle braces on attic of a gable roof

My house in Northern California has a gable roof. In the attic, there are two 2x4 angle braces (one at each gable end) that connect from the ceiling joist (gable-end) to the ridge board (mid-span). ...
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Grounding tv antenna in attic?

I know this question has been raised all over the internet, with a variety of responses, but here is my specific situation: I purchased this antenna and plan to mount it in my attic. I have an indoor ...
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Running conduit through soffit into attic

I am looking to run a new circuit from one side of my house where the breaker panel is over to the other side of the house. My preference would be to run the conduit out of my garage, over ...
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Is negative pressure bad and how to fix?

I have a one story house and I think there is a negative pressure problem. If the central a/c is on and I close the hallway door the hallway heats up like an oven. This hallway leads to all the ...
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redirecting some air from outdoor A/C compressor into the attic to cool it down

I can't find any info on this question, and this might be a stupid idea... but anyway: The temperature in the attic is ca. 130F, 3pm, outside temperature 90F. ( Florida, 17y/o house ) Can I direct/...
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How can I increase airflow through an attic without soffit vents?

My house does not have soffit vents. The overhang at the eaves is too small. The ceiling leaks were sealed up by an HVAC company about 10 years ago. They also blew in insulation to an R30 level in the ...
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Dark Spots on Wood in Attic

We were exploring the attic and found several posts with indented parts covered with some type of black substance. Anyone know what this could be. Thanks!
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How to run electrical wires in an exterior wall with a low-pitched roof?

I am hoping to run electrical wires in my exterior walls, but I have a very low pitched roof which makes it tough to get to that part of the attic. To give some examples: One of my switches does not ...
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How can I insulate under flooring panels in my attic?

I am removing the original barely-still-there insulation in my 1950 attic (S. Cal.) and then sealing and then placing R 30 fiberglass batting. A problem I have is that about 5%-10% of the attic is ...
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How can I insulate the door to my attic?

I have a 5 level townhouse; heat seems to come out of the area around the door to the attic in warm days. is it possible to add insulation to this attic and door? the attic is walkable and has plywood ...
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Should I replace a single powered roof vent with ridge vent according to my roofer's advice?

I am new to home improvement, and I'd like to ask your advice. I am the owner of a house in Maryland. Within a few weeks, we will install a new roof.  Currently, my roof doesn't have a ridge vent, and ...
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Finishing attic with static vent

I have a 1920s building with a gable roof that has a 10' peak. I'm going to finish the space and had an engineer detail the specs for structural safety, but I'm stuck on the appropriate way to provide ...
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Best way to hang a server rack in the attic

I am building a little home network, and bought a 6U server rack. Right now, it's sitting in the attic, and I am trying to think how to best hang it up. I am pretty new to this, and I am bit concerned ...
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HVAC / Furnace Evaporator unit in attic leaking cold air

We have an A/C (and heat) unit in the attic with force air ducts going to the ceilings in the rooms. I was in the attic today when the A/C turned on. I felt cold air come on my leg when I was near the ...
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When to use whole house fan

We just moved to the south and our house has a whole house fan in the ceiling of the top floor. I’m in a muggy climate in summer and a cool climate in winter. We have a single air conditioner for both ...
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Lower attic floor joists to increase head room

An old home I am interested in buying has 10' ceilings on the main level and an attic with 7' clearance. I would like to replace the ceiling joists (or attic floor joists) in order to lower the main ...
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How to ventilate a chimney taken down to attic (roof line) level?

I had a leak in my chimney flashing, so the roofer recommended taking the chimney down to attic level. He repaired the roof where the chimney was (board, felt and roof tiles). All was good, but a few ...
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Is it safe to add a floor to my garage attic?

It looks like the roof is made with trusses. Is there any way to add some flooring to store some boxes?
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Can insulation touch the roof sheathing in a sloped garage roof without soffit vents?

I am beginning to install fiberglass insulation in my garage and want know if I have done the ceiling wrong. The issue is that the insulation touches the roof sheathing in the sloped area below that I ...
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How to find a non-switched wire in attic

I'm trying to add a whole house fan in the attic. Currently there are many power cables in the attic and as far as I know, they all feed lights and bathroom fans - implying they are all switched. ...
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Mini loft conversion help (UK)

I have a very small loft (4sqm) that is part of an extension that sits above a utility room between my home and garage. I would like to turn the loft space into a small server closet due to a lack of ...
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Fixing a bathroom vent exhaust going only into attic

First, the facts: We live in Western Oregon (lots of moisture) Home was built in 1979 Bathroom exhaust fans are vented into attic I like to do things once and do it right I am planning on venting the ...
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How do I attach twist straps to rafters along the top plate?

I live in a 1950's cape house with a finished attic. The rafters are nominally 2x6. I want to refinish the attic with better insulation and called in a structural engineer to make sure the roof is ...
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Properly secured soffit?

I noticed a sizeable gap between the facia board and the truss supports in my attic. Length of the overhang is 22ft long. It has a 40in overhang. only about 1/3rd of the rafters have nails extending ...
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Attic remodel with roof ventilation issues

We are wanting to convert our attic space into living space. The challenge is that the rafters are 2x8 and the boards are on two-foot centers. The last time we had the roof replaced, they added a ...
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Splice new outlet branch in attic

I’m adding an outlet above our fireplace and the “easiest” way is fishing a 14/2 with ground NM down 24” from the attic. Very close to where I want to go fishing is an outlet run in the attic. What’s ...
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What kind of damage is in this attic wall?

We were looking at a house to buy and one of the walls in the attic was damaged as shown in the picture below. The house was the middle of three terraced houses so this particular wall was shared ...
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Can rigid insulation be added to attic space over a plastic vapor barrier in a 100 yr old home

This is a century home and we are trying to restore as much as possible.The attic has a plastic vapor stapled to the rafters and some spots it jus hangs exposing the wood. would it be wise to staple ...
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Wanting to add storage over garage

So I have picked up woodworking as a hobby and find myself becoming pressed for space in the garage. I looked in the attic and this is the layout: Is it possible to remove these angled supports and ...
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Add storage to hidden attic space above garage?

I recently discovered that I have an unfinished attic in a guest bedroom on the second floor of my house, above the garage. The overall area is behind the closet in the bedroom and is approximately ...
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Is it OK to remove some 2x4 bracing in my attic?

I have a four year old house in North Carolina. I would like to remove some 2x4 braces to facilitate room for better storage. The boards appear to be temporary from construction. What do you ...
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What is this tube sticking out of my roof?

I'm not sure what kind of vent this is for, but I'm wondering if its supposed to have a cap to protect from rain. Sorry for lack of description. I'm completely ignorant to whatever this is. If it ...
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Best way to insulate knee wall

I have knee walls that have the insulation that is falling down. As you can see in the images below, There is very little access behind the knee wall as there is duct work and cross braces in place ...
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Dryer duct cleaning: brush picks up insulation

Our dryer is on the 2nd floor, above a garage. It vents into the wall and downward, and comes out about twelve feet above ground at an exterior wall several feet away to the right. I think the duct ...
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Stopping air leaks in attic

I am attempting to take care of air leaks in the attic before new insulation is put in and I have a few questions. Along areas of the roof line there is light that comes through. I don't have soffit ...
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Are black spots on the underside of roof sheathing mold?

There is black spots identified in our attic which we are trying to gauge if this is mold.
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Strengthening existing 2x4 joists to create a mini attic

Between the first and second floor of a friend's house he has about 4' of dead space that he wants me to help convert into storage (this is in San Francisco, so every square foot counts!). He got the ...
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Engineer or Architect?

I have a semi-finished attic in my 1930's era cape. A shed roof was added at some point, so there is some open space and light. The square footage is counted as part of the house (well it was when I ...
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Roof Rafter/Beam Joint pulling apart and sagging

There is a joint in my attic where 4 beams or rafters meet. Someone used a 2x4 to support one of the beams, but it did not work because the beam was in two sections.As you can see in the pictures, ...

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