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Double header for skylight frame

I'd like to install a new skylight in my dining room. The skylight is 30x30 and will require one ceiling joist to be cut and (2) new double headers to be installed. Do the new headers need to span ...
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What material are Velux FSCC room darkening solar blinds made out of?

I had some new skylights installed, which included the installation of some double-pleated Velux solar blinds. I'm pretty sure the Velux website says that all of their blinds are made out of fabric, ...
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DIY Tubular Skylights for special application; seeking tubular skylights smaller than 10"

We would like to have several "tubular skylights" in the construction we are planning. These are skylights consisting of a circular opening in the roof with attached dome-shaped or circular window, ...
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How to remove curb-mounted dome skylights

I have two old 2ft x 2ft curb-mounted acylic dome skylights that I want to remove and replace (they are badly cracked). The flashing around each one is OK, and the wood curb frames are sound. I ...
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What are the pros and cons of adding a skylight?

A Florida Storage Facility has 3 aisles: each must be lit when customers are in the aisle. A 15 minute timer switch controls existing LED lighting. A new sloping roof is to be installed next week. ...
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Insulating conservatory skylights

How can I insulate skylights? My house has been extended and the extension has double glazed windows for roof, think of it as a very sturdy conservatory. I understand why the previous owners did it - ...
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Finding Skylight Replacement Dome

My home was built in 1986, and the skylight acrylic dome looks ready to break any moment now. I want to replace the dome but I can't for the life of me find anywhere that sells them with the setup ...
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Approaches for shades on large skylights

I have a few skylights large enough that nearly all manufactured skylight shades (both mechanical and motorized) won't fit. That is, for widths larger than 24", most manufacturers of skylight shades ...
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Skylight Insulation

I have 2 skylights in my master bedroom and they cause the room to get much hotter than the rest of the house in warmer months. Today it is in the 90s outside. My IR thermometer shows the area just ...
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How to redirect water pooling behind skylights

I have a pair of skylights in my roof that leak every time it rains. I've tried silicone and a roofing sealant along the edges.. still leaks. During the last storm heavy rain I went up to check it out ...
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Skylight in bathroom a bad idea?

I'm contemplating putting a skylight in a bathroom that would otherwise get little natural light. I've received some mixed advice with one person telling me the shower condensation will cause a long ...
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What type of sealant to use on skylight to seal glass and frame

I have a leaky skylight, I actually think that the leaks are coming from the seal between the glass and the frame rather than around the flashing or anything like that. What is the best calking / ...
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Tool to wipe skylight?

I've got a skylight straight up in the ceiling, about 3m off the ground. Pretty much exactly this: When it's cold, water condenses on the inside and eventually starts to drip. In winter it needs to ...
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Is it more work to replace or remove a skylight?

We have a 20 year old leaking skylight, and right now I am contemplating either removing or replacing it. Not exactly sure why it is leaking, perhaps the flashing is bad, but it's leaked for a while. ...
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Skylight bad idea on flat roof?

I have a metal roof with a 5 degree pitch in a temperate climate (snowed once in 50 years). My living room equatorial facing Windows are largely blocked by my neighbors but I do get some sunlight ...
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Does condensate on a skylight indicate a broken seal?

Couple of times in the morning I noticed that the skylight is foggy in the center (see picture below). No other windows are foggy. The temperature/humidity is outside 50F/77% inside, 70F/44%. Does ...
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Improvising a temporary skylight?

I have a skylight that is essentially a flashed plywood curb with a late 50's era glass paver that "cups" over top. No tar or caulk, just gravity holding it there. Now, because I'm an idiot, I decided ...
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How can I make a diffuser for a 22 X 30 skylight shaft?

I need to make a diffuser to an existing 22 x 30 skylight shaft. A flush mount of some kind would be my first choice. My goal is to keep heated air from going into the shaft instead of the bathroom.
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In replacing a skylight, can I reuse the existing curb and flashing?

After finding water coming down my front door from inside the ceiling I had a roofer come out and take a look. He stated that the skylight was at the end of its life. This does appear to be the case ...
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new roof + new skylight windows

The roofers are installing a new roof on my house today. Since one of the skylight windows cracked, should I get them to replace the window at the same time, or should I get one installed by a ...
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Are these walls near a skylight, load bearing?

My master and guest bathroom are back-to-back (toilet-to-toilet). Both bathrooms have a tall skylight this size (~4' square). The skylights are about 5 feet apart from one-another. Master Bathroom, ...
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Lighting to simulate skylights

I was in a friend's home, and admired their skylight. They have one of those tubes that goes through the roof to bring natural light inside. The ceiling had a diffused circular lens to help disperse ...
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Does a skylight shaft produce more light than a solatube or sun tunnel in a living room area approx 4mx7m?

We are getting different opinions as to how to create more natural light in our living areas. Some say a skylight shaft and others say solatubes or sun tunnels.
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How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house

I am living in house in which the sun is not overlooking through the window at all, Is there a way to make overlook at least partially inside the house.
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Quick and cheap insulation for skylight

I just moved into a condo and on the top floor there is a skylight window. The room gets pretty hot during the day, I have friends coming in town this weekend and I would like a cheap and quick fix to ...
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Custom skylights with irregular shapes?

Is it possible to get a skylight to fit an irregular space on the roof? I'd like to fit a skylight into the location shown below, but extending all the way down to the bend in the roof. This would ...
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How should I fix incomplete insulation on a skylight shaft?

I recently bought a house and am looking at doing improvements and repairs, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience or knowledge in such things. We had a home inspector look over the place ...
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What kind of skylight would allow the most light and heat into my home?

I live in Canada. I want to bring in more light as well as heat into the living space. I have a standard 8' ceiling. Are there any products that will allow the heat from the sun into the house as well ...
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Can I block a skylight during summer without condensation?

I have a small fixed skylight and figure that during winter it's no problem to block the tunnel at ceiling level as suggested by an answer to a similar diy.stackechange question. (The only difference ...