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How do I insulate skylight with limited attic access?

Roofer installed two Velux skylights recently, but left us to do the interior finishing. I think we have a plan for the skylight shafts now: basically going to make a wood frame attached to the curb 1/...
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Replace or repair skylights?

I have two skylights on my roof that I think are original to the house which was built in the 1970s. There were some signs of water leakage on the wood around the inside on the skylight that the home ...
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Attic Skylight Install to Increase Sloped Ceiling Head Room

I have an attic I'm considering converting to living space and looking at ways to increase light while also increasing head room. The current (skylight-less) roof has a slope and I'm wondering if I ...
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How to detect minor leaks in problem area below skylight?

I've had problems with my skylight leaking into the conditioned space (roughly 1 gallon per storm), but I think it've fixed it for the short term by replacing its screws and caulking it. I don't see ...
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Can I drywall over a skylight without removing it?

Is it possible to put a ceiling over an existing skylight without removing the skylight? It's not leaking. We just want to divide the room in the middle of the skylight. Would it pose problems with ...
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DIY skylight sun-block, fire hazard?

We have two skylights in our master bedroom that get quite a bit of light during the day. Normally this wouldn't bother us, but we have a one-month old now sharing the room with us that gets enamored ...
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Condensation and air leak from skylight

I Recently started seeing condensation on my skylight. Skylight is installed in the bathroom. Sometime on windy day I feel air coming through skylight. If I raise my hand up towards it I can feel ...
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Does a newly-whistling skylight mean it is leaking air?

We recently had the original roof of our 20-year-old townhouse removed and replaced. Since the completion of the work, windy days have seemed to cause different-from-before whistling around the ...
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Looking for a large pull-down hinge mechanism [closed]

I have a large skylight, and currently have a shelf installed in it for indoor seed-starting. I would like to turn it into a pull-down shelf. I have found a clever design for hinges that might work, ...
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Condensation on Skylight

So this is my first winter in my new house and I noticed the skylight on the second floor has a lot of condensation on the inside now that the weather is getting colder. It's an old single pane and ...
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Necessary to sister joists in skylight frame?

Piggybacking on my previous question about the headers in a skylight frame (Double header for skylight frame), I'd like to know if it's required to sister the uncut joists on either side of the ...
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How important is the weather stripping on the inside of a Velux skylight?

I just had the inside of the wooden frames around my Velux skylights painted. The painter did a good job, but I think when he was removing the masking tape from the skylight's frame, he pulled off a ...
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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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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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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 ...