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Questions tagged [attic]

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

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What's the best way to insulate an attic with 2x4 joists?

My 1938 home currently has zero insulation (aside from a few fiberglass batts haphazardly tossed about). The ceiling joists are 2x4 (spaced 16 inch OC), rather than the more modern standard of 2x6 or ...
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Some powdery substance on roof rafters

I notice some powder substance on roof rafters in the attic. Its only at few places. Does anyone know what exactly it can be?
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Do I need to replace attic insulation directly against new framing for a bath fan?

I have to temporarily remove insulation to install a new bath fan. The installation will require installing some 2X4 framing to hold the new fan in place. Is it enough to simply fold the insulation ...
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how to insulate attic that contains high-efficiency furnace?

We have an older home with a separate high efficiency furnace for the second floor. It sits on a floored area of the attic. We have virtually no insulation and I've gotten various recommendations ...
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What is the best way to build up attic framing?

I need to build up my attic framing for three reasons, but first, I can think of two ways in which to do this. The Methods Method 1 Put new framing on top of the original framing along the existing ...
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Attic remodel, subfloor, electrical near by

I’m trying to finish an attic, however, can lights from the living room and other electrical peeks above the joist about an inch give or take. How would I finish the floor with those obstructions in ...
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Reduce high humidity in attic

My attic has high humidity. I put a combo temp-humidity monitor and it was in the high 70s. It’s 30 degrees outside. I’ve read about what could cause the high humidity and two key things came up: ...
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Attic Temperature Affected by Insulation

I recently moved into the attic and converted it into my bedroom, There was insulation on the floor but none on the walls which made it uncomfortable to live in considering its the summer. I got a ...
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attic floor insulation vs. attic roof insulation

My attic is finished; 3 rooms, wood floors, plaster ceilings. I've gotten conflicting advice: some say insulate the floor, others the roof. The attic will not be used as living space. There are no ...
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Difference between various Radiant Barrier types

Can someone explain me the difference between radiant barrier types and which one is the best option? I am seeing products like foil, Double Insulated Metalized Mylar Double Foil Bubble Wrap. I do ...
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Do I need Attic Fan in Garage?

My garage is about 20" x 24" and I have made attic in the Garage by adding plywood, insulation & sheet-rock, It is nicely done and as soon I finish this project, i realize, i do not any ...
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How do I improve ventilation above my cathedral ceiling?

I live in San Bernardino County in southern California. Half of my house has a cathedral ceiling, and the other half is traditional attic. The attic has two gable vents, one at each end of the house; ...
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Loft conversion - steel beam sticking out

Good afternoon, We have started loft conversion today. Sadly after builders uncovered the roof they discovered that unlike structural engineer's assumption (they were buried under insulation), the ...
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Rear of house has no eves; how do I ventilate and prevent ice dams?

My home is in St. Louis and it just doesn't stay very warm. I am finding that the heat kicks on a lot just so it can keep up. The house is a ranch on a slab, built in 1960, 1073 square feet. In 2015 ...
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Can I use a water tank and pump to feed a boiler?

As the title suggests I would like to know if I can use a water tank and pump to feed my boiler? I want to get rid of my electric shower and currently I have large water tank with a pump feeding to ...
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Why multiple pipes in attic?

I have a single story house, built in the late 40s, with a small kitchen and one small bathroom. I was up in the attic checking something and noticed multiple pipes running to the roof -- all located ...
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AC unit not turning on

My A/C doesn't come on when I set the temperature on the Braeburn thermostat very low. Also, the recirculation fan doesn't come on when I set the thermostats fan setting to 'on', as though the indoor ...
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Insulating townhouse's attic sidewall?

Last winter, I've had some issues with ice dams on my roof. I live in a townhouse in Southern Quebec, Canada, in the middle unit, where lately temperatures during the winter can go anywhere between -...
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Fixing various problems with attic insulation

I have a 22 year old home that has various insulation problems in the attic. Here's a quick rundown of the types of problems I'm seeing, numbered for reference: Gaps at the top edges of wall ...
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Replacing attic insulation

I'm trying to figure out the best plan to replace the failed insulation in my attic. It's a 1.5 story house so it's really a combination floor/attic (see attached diagram). The original insulation ...
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Attic wiring for a chandelier

To wire a chandelier I have attached it to already installed ceiling recessed lights. I bought a Appliance Power Cord and attached to one of the ceiling lights and the plug to a female plug attached ...
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Wanting to insulate attic in 1930s home, have some questions (baffle install, soffit venting, mixing cellulose/fiberglass, etc)

Have a 1930's 2-story house. I recently upgraded the wiring in the 2nd story to get rid of all the knob/tube left in the house, and I figured while I'm up there I should add some attic insulation (...
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How to add more lights to my attic

I have 1 light in my attic but its not bright enough for the whole attic so i want to add 4 more lights. the switch is in the downstairs hallway, so all that is in the attic is a electrical wire and ...
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how to insulate attic bathroom vent to prevent condensation

i bought a house in june and the bathroom fan start dripping water a few weeks ago (november). I looked at the inspection report and the picture shows that the vent duct through the roof isn't ...
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How can I insulate an already converted attic space?

A couple of years ago we had our attic converted to a spare bedroom, It became obvious after the first winter that there was a problem, after inspection it was confirmed that there is no insulation ...
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Can I extend attic vents so they don't get blocked by snow?

I have 2 square low profile attic vents on the detached garage but I'm pretty sure they are blocked with snow during the winter. If I should alter them, are there extensions available to raise these ...
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Diagnose poorly functioning whole house fan

I installed an AirScape3.5e whole house fan. I don't think the fan is operating at its max potential. It just doesn't seem to cool the house down very much when running even when the outdoor ...
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Is it possible to use a scaffold ladder as access to loft?

I am looking for affordable, safe access to the 7'x 7' sleeping loft we are soon to build and came across a scaffolding ladder with handrails for under $100. Is this a crazy idea or a viable option? ...
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Open cell spray foam off gassing 2 years later. How to fix?

My home was built in 2017 and has Accella open cell spray foam in the unvented attic. In spring & summer 2018 we noticed a mild chemical smell coming from the attic on hot and/or humid days. It ...
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Can a bathroom fan go out a ridge vent, and how functional is this temporary fix?

I'm in a 1 story craftsman house and have a bathroom vent that had no ductwork, just pouring wet air into the attic. The vent also didn't work well to begin with so we never used it and thankfully ...
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Finding flies floating in a toilet with a closed lid

We came back to our house after being gone and having it closed up for 10 weeks. There were some live flies and a lot of dead ones everywhere! I had a dead fly fall out of a bathroom cupboard when I ...
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Rubber electrical tape safe under code for attics?

I'm buying a house. The attic had a wire with frayed outer insulation. I negotiated repair of the cable. The seller has responded that the repairperson wrapped the fray with rubber electrical tape (...
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I have an old house that has 2 wire system black wire white wire wrapped in cloth

It's aluminum wire. I have hot (black) and a white that's supplying 3 other sets of wires. Do I put all 4 black and all 4 white together?? 1 light switch,1 bedroom light , 1 light switch in bathroom ...
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Considerations for improving a cellar floor

I can think of several ways of improving a cellar floor surface. Before I outline them, here's a description of the situation: The house was built in approximately 1900. When I looked at it in May, ...
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Loft elevator for human

Im thinking of implementing simple lift system to carry goods as well as a single person into the attic. 250Kg capacity electric hoist is good enough for this pupose but im concerned about safely ...
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Proper way to seal attic space from the living space

I am living in a one-story house with flat roof. There is an 2-feet-high empty space above the ceiling and below the roof, and let me call it my attic space (although my house has a flat roof). The ...
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1 1/2 story upstairs bedroom very hot

So I just bought a house and discovered the upstairs was what felt like 5-10 degrees difference from the main level. I'll try and add pictures of the insulation below. It seems well done but for some ...
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Attic access in closet- reconfigure options (Canada)

I have a narrow bathroom and this is because the builtin closet of the adjacent room takes space from the bathroom. I am planning to remove the walls that separate the bathroom from the closet in ...
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Question about garage attic framing?

Upon opening up the ceiling of the garage to install a fold-up attic ladder, I saw boards going from the gable beans to the attic floor beams. See picture below. This is the first time I have seen ...
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What is the best way to add attic intake ventilation?

I have an old attic where the soffits aren't ventilated, and can't be because the soffits are a separate dead air space, not continuous with the attic. It currently has two turbine vents (one of which ...
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Keeping Rats Out Of Attic

A pest control professional told me that rats could be entering the attic through tiny gaps behind the gutter and up and under the drip guard. To even see the gaps he's talking about, the shingles ...
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Diagnosing water / wet spot in the attic

I noticed a wet spot where the ceiling meets one of the walls in my garage. When I went into the attic, I noticed the wet spot under the insulation as shown in the images below. The insulation is wet ...
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How to Insulate Drop Ceiling Above Tiled Shower?

First post so bear with me... I am working on air sealing for my 1965 ranch style home in NJ, and noticed that the insulation in the attic above the tiled shower is black and brittle (kraft paper) ...
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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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Central heat ducts(the ends that are attached to registers) in attic not securely attached to attic floor/room ceiling. How to secure?

When I removed the registers in the ceiling of our house I noticed that the ducting in the ceiling was totally loose. They are not secured in any way. The two screws of the register was what was ...
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Noisy ducts, problem with insulation?

I have what I'm coming to believe is a unique noise issue with the HVAC ducting in my house. I've spoken to four different professionals and they are all somewhat dumbfounded. The problem is that my ...
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Fan thermostat bypass switch — best practices

I installed an attic fan with a thermostat. However, there are times when I just want the thing to turn on and stay on no matter what the temperature is. I could just add another switch, run two ...
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Installing a floor for storage above detached garage?

We have a gabled-roof single-story detached garage with horizontal 2x4 beams spaced four feet apart and a 20' span. There are two vertical 2x4 beams connecting the two horizontal center beams to the ...
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Dormers with ridge vents lower than main ridgeline

My roof contractor placed ridge vents on all peaks on my home, including the dormers. So, I have the main attic space, which is vented by a ridge vent running the entire length. I have plenty of ...
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Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...