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

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Is it normal to see light between the plywood on a roof deck?

I am replacing my roof and needed plywood changed out due to water damage. They have completed the decking and are waiting for inspection prior to putting the other layers. Is it normal to see light ...
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How bad is this bathroom fan duct setup?

Bought a house about 9 months ago. Largely been good, but we've been having issues with the bathroom ventilation fan dripping moisture back down after longer/hotter showers, and generally not doing a ...
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Radiant barrier to improve attic HVAC?

Does anyone have experience with adding a radiant barrier to the attic rafters to keep the attic HVAC cool in the summer? I've got a 2.5 ton unit that really struggles when the attic gets to 130F. ...
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Looking for ideas about storage space access in attic

In the attic of my house, the volume where the roof comes close to the attic floor is arranged as a storage space. I don't know the term for this but it's very common where I live and I found some ...
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Stud framing for drywall on a sloped ceiling

I'm considering installing drywall in my attic, which has a sloped ceiling. Some suggest starting by placing studs (ceiling joists) along the same line as the current ones (behind the vapor barrier), ...
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Is this water damage in my attic?

New build townhouse, took a peek in the attic and noticed this weird streaking on the common wall. Almost looks like water damage but it’s uniform going horizontally and vertically along the joints. ...
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Understanding the concerns with vented to unvented retrofit of attic

I am working within a generally hot and humid location that might become quite cold, but only briefly in the winter (zone 3 below the humid line). I recently inherited an A-frame house that has blown ...
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How can I tell if water damage in an unfinished attic is new? [closed]

How do I tell if water damage in an unfinished attic is new or old? House is 77 years old.
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Radiant barriers and termites

I live in a warm climate and am working on improvements to improve my insulation and reduce cooling bills in the summer. I bought several rolls of radiant barrier which I was planning to install in ...
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What is the order of operations for cleaning up the attic, insulating, adding and attic fan and re-roofing?

I want to do this in the most cost effective way and to minimize re-work. Some geo context… we live in Southern California where it doesn’t rain much generally, but the recent rains have shown the ...
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Can anyone identify this black stuff in our attic?

My parents are in the process of trying to sell our old house and my dad found this black, crumbly residue on our wooden beams in the attic. It’s a very small, tight space. It’s isolated to two beams ...
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Should I keep a gable vent along with soffit and ridge venting?

When we moved into our house it had a large gable vent at one end of the attic, and a turbine vent on the top of the roof. We had a new roof installed and they recommended to use soffit vents and a ...
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How to pass NM cable through framing for fixture centered on gable end

I am looking to install a light fixture above my garage for my driveway. I would like the fixture to be centered, however this falls right against a stud on the framing. Is it permissible to drill a ...
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Bathroom fan drips. How can I stop it?

I have been fighting this bathroom fan for years. I rent but do a decent amount of upkeep and improvements as needed. I replaced the fan about a year ago. It’s a cheap nutone 80cfm fan. The bathroom ...
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What are the spare wires seen in the attic, if not for lighting?

I am trying to understand where all the T&E wires in my attic go to. I have 3 rooms (Bedroom, office, spare room) on the 1st floor (below the attic), plus a hallway near the stairs. All the wires ...
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Help framing ceiling in attic

I've gotten a lot of help from browsing this forum, but coming up short on this questions... any advice and guidance is appreciated. 200 year old home in hot/humid area. Converting attic space into ...
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Route return air duct through attic or pantry

I’m looking to get feedback about my options to remediate uneven heating/cooling and poor airflow for two of our bedrooms. Any help or ideas are much appreciated. I'll do my best to provide as much ...
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Ok to Have Soffit Vents Next to HVAC Registers?

I have a one-story wood frame home with a fully insulated attic, with 4 large vents at the ridge line and numerous perimeter soffit vents, each consisting of 4 large screened holes drilled in the ...
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Loosefill insulation question [duplicate]

Does anyone know different methods on how to spread loosefill insulation without having to rent an insulation blower?
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What requirements are needed to replace an attic fan control switch?

I have an emerson high speed fan switch in one of our houses. It is just a a knob that controls the fan speed. I would like to replace it with a different color one and one that includes a timer....
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Adding insulation to a loft conversion & condensation build up concerns

I just moved into a property and I want to get some insulation added to the existing loft conversion as it gets mighty cold up there. I've had a look via the eaves and there is about 8-10cm of space ...
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How do I repair ceiling joists separating from beam/hanger?

We purchased our house about 4 years ago, and I've recently noticed that in the attic, several of the ceiling joists are not fully "bearing" on the hangers. This is a house build in the late ...
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What is this iron pipe in my attic?

In a Canadian 1950s home. In a knee wall or cubby hole. Not attached directly to the roof, but not easily moveable due to the way the pipe is constructed.
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Attic Ventilation Help

Looking for some guidance. I've read through several other posts on this topic, but would like to get some insight on our specific situation. Any constructive advice is appreciated. We're finishing ...
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Storage Limit in Truss-supported Attic?

I recently purchased a home that has access to what appears to be somewhat usable attic space. There's a 2x2 foot hatch in one of our upstairs closets that grants (not so convenient) access. In the ...
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How much weight/storage can my garage attic hold?

I have a 3 car garage and want to see what your all thought about my ability to store Christmas lights and random other boxes up there. The setup is: two 2x12s (placed next to each other) on 24 inch ...
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Is it safe to use 'space blankets' over loose fill insulation in an attic?

My townhouse has a small attic area over a bedroom (and another inaccessible space over another room). The attic space is on the south side of the building and there is a lot of heat gain in the ...
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Two copper pipes running up to loft for no reason

So, I’ve been working on removing some old built in wardrobes in our spare room and found some trunking for two copper pipes running all the way from floor to ceiling and into the loft. We have a ...
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Proper raised heel fastening?

I recently noticed that instead of hurricane ties or gusset plate, my rafters are fastened to the joists with 2x4 and 16d nails. Is this an accepted method to secure the rafters? Its a gable roof, ...
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How do I access my attic through a locked panel door? What kind of key do I need?

I have a leak in my roof that's coming through my ceiling. I wanted to get up into my attic to track it down and get a bucket underneath it as much as I can, but I'm not sure what type of key I need ...
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Insulation in attic above garage

I live in south Alabama very hot and humid and mild winters with very few really cold days. I am looking at adding insulation above my garage to add a/c and was wondering if I need to have a vapor ...
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Can I safely install an attic ladder here?

I would like to take advantage of some available attic space to use as storage being that we are extremely tight on space in our old Victorian row house. My plan is to install an attic ladder and ...
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How to DIY Bed that can support 600+ pounds?

I’m trying to go ahead and design a bed before I buy everything I need to build it, however when it comes to the weight capacity of the bed, I am unsure how to maximize it. It’s going to be a loft bed ...
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Attic “floor” insulation

I have a cabin soon to be my house. Recently added on to it. I reinsulated the attic of the original house and insulated the addition. Both should be insulated to r40-r60. We turn the heat down during ...
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Roof supports moving

See these pictures of a support in the middle of our attic. Taken 6 months apart, last June and now. Last June, it had already appeared to have moved sideways since installation (house was built 5 ...
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Any idea what this structure in my attic might be?

I have no idea what this structure in my attic is or what's inside it. It's about 10' x 15' and sits above my dining room. It's made of plywood and drywall and extends to the edge of the roof. There ...
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Discolored bedroom ceiling

We returned home after the holidays and saw that the ceiling in our upstairs bedroom has been discolored. I checked with the moisture meter and it showed a "100% wet" reading, but only in a ...
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My wooden Fakro attic ladder is not trimmed properly according to manual. How dangerous is it to use?

It says that when unfolded, the metal arms attaching the top segment to the door frame should be resting on and supported by the two adjustment bolts in the door frame, the feet should be flush to the ...
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How to fix attic sheathing being wet causing mold

I have mold in my attic. I have a mold remediation company that is going to come out and fix it but they will only warranty the work if the underlying issue is resolved. The roof sheathing is at 100% ...
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Should humidity levels in my attic be the same as outdoors?

In my attic should the moisture level be the same as outside? I’m in Canada so what should the moisture levels be during the seasons?
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Mystery noise in attic

My house is wood pier and beam, built in 1941. I’ve lived in it for 15 years and know its quirks inside and out. I had the roof replaced from shingles to standing seam metal. Sometime after this, I ...
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Insulating old house attic with lath and plaster ceiling

My attic has a bunch of cardboard spanning across the ceiling joists that a mix of loose fill and batt insulation rest on. I had to run electrical and cut through the cardboard to gain access. I'm ...
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Should I add barriers to raise the height of my ceiling joists to contain new blown-in insulation?

I am planning to add additional blown-in insulation to my attic space. Currently there is about 5" of old cellulose insulation. I plan on raising this to around 15" to achieve a rating of ...
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Are continuous rafter vents from soffit to ridge a problem?

I'm inspecting some aspects of my home's attic. It's a half-story finished space that has a closet where a drywall panel was left loose, supposedly to provide either temporary or permanent access to ...
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Tips for insulation above unvented bay window roof

I have a portion of my kitchen under its own roof similar to a bay window. This piece of roofing is unventilated. There is paper-faced fiberglass batt insulation in the cavity with a vertical vapor ...
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What's the easiest way to circulate air in the attic of my garage?

I have an unfinished attached ~20'x20' two car garage and I would like to finish it so I can use 1 bay as a wood shop year-round. I live in Missoula, MT and really just want to keep it above ~40F in ...
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Can I use plastic sheeting in a storage attic to contain blown insulation?

I have a 21 foot x 21 foot attached garage with an attic above for storage. There are supporting studs that are about 5-1/2 feet in from each side (so 10’ between studs. There is blown in insulation ...
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What is this old loft insulation?

Looking to insulate my house loft, there is nothing between the joists however between the battens there is this (see images) it's 10mm thick and against the hessian felt, looks extremely dated and ...
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Black tar like substance and streaks on attic roof and stains on chimney

I am looking into buying this house but saw a few things that concerned me. The house got some strange tar like streaks on the inside of the roof. The chimney also has some black stains on the front, ...
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Can I flip orientation of truss diagonal brace?

Attic truss has a diagonal brace (red) linking all but outermost king posts (blue). I would like to flip the orientation so that instead of starting at bottom at one end and ending at the top, it ...
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