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Insulation and added timbers in attic problem

I have stripped most of the attic (was an unregistered conversion) and the rafters have what seems to be additional timber on them which aligned with the previous wall/roof covering. The timbers ...
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Advice needed for choosing drop-down attic ladders

We are going to install a drop-down attic ladder for easier access to storage. I don't know anyone with one of these however and none of the local home improvement stores have any on display, they are ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

I’m fairly new to DIY home improvement. Are these arrowed parts structural support? I’m looking to vault the ceiling below but I’m not sure if I need to involve an engineer.
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Any tips on keeping straight lines in drywall on ceiling with multiple angles?

I am getting ready to hang drywall in my attic. The ceiling is 5 feet wide and that transitions to 45 degree sections that are approximately 4 feet wide and that transitions to vertical walls. The ...
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Garage Conversion to home office in Los Angeles, plan advice and insulation question

I'm not handy, though I am a software engineer by trade so I like to solve problems and build things, just haven't had much experience doing that in the physical world much. I'd like to take this ...
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Should there be a junction box for each outlet?

I want to install external outlets to my attic. The wiring will be in conduit. Is it better to have a junction box for each outlet as illustrated below as A, or is there a simple solution to avoid ...
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Running PVC conduit in converted attic

I have an attic that is semi-converted. I want to install eclectic outlets at 7 locations. I am wondering which conduit is better to use the PVC rigid one (pipes) or the flexible one. From what I ...
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attic flooring above garage

I'm planning to have simple storage on the attic above the garage. The size of beam I measured is 2x6 and around 11 inches apart. I will only work on the 2/3 of space to avoid the area with wires. I'm ...
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What insulation should I use in the ceiling of my attic

I'm currently finishing my attic and I am wondering what insulation I should use in the ceiling. I was planning on using R38 or higher in the vertical and horizontal sections but in the angled ...
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Can you install loft flooring on rafter ties?

I'm looking to floor the loft of my house for some light storage (mostly decorations and clothes) and have a potential idea that would not only give a better finished result but also save some time ...
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Can I safely remove these 3 pieces of wood in Attic?

Can I remove these pieces of wood in my attic? I think I can take them out based on the following reasons, but thought I'd get another opinion. Pieces 2 & 3 are separated in two pieces. Usually, ...
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Considering putting unfinished or finished storage in second floor over living room with a raised ceiling

A large area of my living room has a 10ft ceiling, which is raised 1ft from the surrounding 9ft ceiling. Currently there is nothing on the second floor over that raised ceiling, and there is no access ...
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Attic plasterboard alternative

I want to avoid using plasterboards under the insulation of my roof and use an alternative instead. Can I use plywood or some cork boards/sheets or anything else that is light or not as heavy as the ...
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2x4 floor joists in attic: make stronger/level?

My house is 100 years old in Ontario, Canada. My attic is unfinished, and the joists are true to size (2” x 4”) rough sawn 2x4s (two 10’ pieces make up the 20’ span), 16” OC, cathedral roof. Supported ...
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Reframing Engineering Roof Truss System for attic conversion [closed]

I have a single-story home in Austin, Texas with a huge attic built using Engineering Roof Truss System. I want to do an attic conversion to have at least 1500 sq. ft. of living space in my attic. ...
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Adding "floor" to unfinished attic with blown-in insulation

I'm in the process of converting our attic into a useable storage space. We have no basement and a small garage so it'll have to be our main storage area, so I'm hoping to make it user-friendly and as ...
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Permitting a finished attic during home sale

I'm currently working on buying a house out in rural eastern North Carolina, USA. The house has a finished attic, which apparently was never permitted or inspected. Because of this, my appraisal has ...
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How can I add more insulation to my finished attic walls without trapping moisture

I have a finished attic that has a kneewall insulated with fiberglass batts, insulation facing in. The batts fill the depth of the wall cavity completely to the end of the stud, there's no more room ...
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How can I find all the air leaks and insulation gaps in my finished attic?

I have a finished attic which gets hot very quickly, requiring running the central AC excessively and due to the imbalance, the downstairs tends to get too cold while the finished attic is still too ...
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How can I get the insulation batts back up above the finished attic ceiling?

I have a finished attic. The finished room has drywall screwed directly to the roof rafters. There were insulation batts installed between rafters initially, but it's a steep slope and most of them ...
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How many courses is my party wall?

I'm about to embark on a loft conversion for my ~1960's bungalow. This will be a full width dormer. After doing to reading and research, I'm pretty sure I'll need some steel work. The steel would need ...
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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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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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Can I lay an attic floor over electrical wires?

I've been told that the electrical wires in the roof can heat up and potentially start fires if you cover them up. How can I get around this to lay the floor for an attic? The type of floor is just ...
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Can this joist support be replaced with plywood?

The attic above my garage has several of these horizontal support beams across the ceiling joists, I assume to keep them from bowing. I’d like to put down plywood across the whole floor without these ...
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Finishing an attic, building codes, layout possibilities

Our attic is entirely unfinished - exposed floor and wall studs. It has windows and is wired for a single light fixture. There is a fixed staircase up to the attic from the second floor where 19.5 is ...
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Main Floors uneven after attic conversion

We hired a contractor to convert our attic into living space. Long story, short...he was a nightmare and left with out doing any of the finish. Now, the floor joists on the first floor are raising ...
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Should I upgrade 2x6 attic floor joists by sistering some or all with 2x8s?

Our 1938 cape cod has an attic that was converted to master suite (who knows how long ago), but we've been living there for over a year. We have since decided to gut the entire upstairs and put in a ...
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how to identify lumber grade of unmarked ceiling joists

I have a detached garage that I'd like to finish the attic space to make into a office like workspace. The garage ceiling joists are 2x8x14' (unnotched) with a 13'6" span on 16". The joist appear to ...
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Ceiling joists hung below top plate

Exploring the possibility of turning the attic of our 100-year-old house into a living space. I knew the joists were only 2x6 and would need to be strengthened through interlacing. But when I pulled ...
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Are there any special tools, materials or techniques required for building a staircase door?

I have recently moved to a house that has a converted attic. It isn't a huge space but would make a reasonable den or man-cave were it not for the fact that the staircase cuts the room almost in half ...
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Loft Insulation Alternatives (UK)

The UK building regulations require 100mm of loft insulation between joists and 170mm over, ie 270mm of insulation in total. If it were to be bordered out for use as office, with sistering the joists ...
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Using Attic/Loft Space Above Garage for Storage - Adding a Subfloor

I have a 2-car garage that is not cooled or heated. Above the garage is an attic/loft space. The attic has beams (they are large beams, not 2-by-4s) that are spaced 16 inches apart. The beams have ...
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Bracing 2x6 floor joists

I'm wanting to remodel our attic to add a few bedrooms. We currently have 2x6 floor joist that span 16' on one side and 18' on another. All meeting up on the load wall. We were going to sister 2x8 ...
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Is there any reason not to use radiant barrier sheathing in walls of attic room

I am finishing out an above-garage room that is currently attic space. The roof has radiant barrier sheathing (ie foil-lined OSB). I have a few walls that are currently just studs open into the attic....
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How do I ensure my rafters are safe from condensation behind the insulation?

I am undertaking a loft conversion currently and am soon wanting to put insulation at rafter level. I have chosen 'Superquilt' (a aluminium, fibre composite layer) and PIR backed plasterboard (23mm ...
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Converting attic to living space

I have an open attic with 2x8 ceiling joists, 16" on center. I would like to convert this space to low-traffic living space, eventually to house a model railroad layout. No bedroom, no bathroom, no ...
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Will my roof construction allow attic flooring?

I am looking to add plywood flooring in my attic for storage page. There is a lot of space, very large areas. From what I've been reading, it looks to be ill-advised to add flooring if the roof was ...
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Putting up a curtain rail on a dormer wall

We have a loft conversion with a dormer and a window in the wall of the dormer. I'd like to put up some curtains, but I'm not sure how to attach the curtain rail. The dormer walls are described as: ...
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What can I do with these roof trusses to cover them up a bit?

Relating to another question about loft conversion I also want to fill up the gaps in between the trusses on which the roof tiles lie on. So during allot of build I heard here and there that some ...
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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 ...
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