The days are cooling off and it's time to brave the tight confines of my
attic. There's almost no floor and I don't think rafter crawling is a good
idea unless it's easier to balance than I think. What's the safest way to
get around up there? I was thinking a couple of plywood boards that I move
one in front of the other...
A couple of 20" rips of plywood would help you crawl and get around;
make the length you can handle and get in the attic. Leave them up
there / screw them down.
I talked with a guy awhile back and he had a guy (get this) that
performed all attic work...just attic crawling. I commented that "you
must pay him well"? He stated the man had worked for him many years,
so I guess the answer was yes.
I stay out of attics, barring an emergency.
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Actually make the strips 16" wide, you will get three 8 foot strips, or six
4 foot pieces, if the insulation is too thick to screw down add some 2 x 4
pieces to the top of the joist or bottom runner of the truss.
Use thick plywood. Not some that will bend between the supports. Nail/screw
them down permanently as said. You shuffle a couple of pieces around and an
end may break or slip off the support. Besides, when "Oh Shit! *%#$*
bees!!" happens, you wanna be shuffing your pieces around to the exit?
Habbit I've also made a groundrule is even with plywood up there, when
walking always step on the truss chord under the plywood.
Exactly! And that's one reason I have that groundrule mentioned above.
Unless you put it down yourself vs existing when you bought the place,
you really don't know.
The previous repo I bought had floating plywood ends. I was like how
stupid can anyone be. But also there was a hole in the middle of the LR
ceining. About the size a person would make coming through. That stupid
is the answer.
Last year I got some pieces of 1 x 12 and screwed them
down to the rafters to make a crawlway down the center
of the attic. I decided that I had duck walked enough
rafters to last me the rest of my life. I also have
some scraps of plywood that I move around to sit on when
I am doing work away from the crawl way. The scraps
have to be sturdy enough to support me, so old 1/4 inch
plywood might not be quite enough.
if you're just exploring, go slow and be sure where every footstep lands,
holding onto roof trusses etc. for balance; might want to wear some old
tennis shoes that are easy to move in, staying on the rafters (one mis-step
can send you through a drywall ceiling, etc.), and obviously take a
flashlight if no lights are installed up there; also may want to have
someone watching in case you have an accident and need help
be sure and wear a breathing mask to prevent inhalation of: fiberglass if so
insulated (it's carcinogenic); mold; fungus, etc.
moving plywood would be cantankerous and you risk damaging the paper backing
of fiberglass insulation (if so insulated) which results in millions more of
tiny glass fibers being released freely in your attic than when properly
installed between rafters with the paper side up to prevent their release,
assuming it was installed with the paper backing up, between the rafters, if
you have fiberglass bats - usually the paper becomes real brittle exposed to
the extreme temperatures in attics and it breaks very easily, even when
touched...not such a worry if you have blown in fiberglass, cellulose, or
other insulating material (excluding asbestos, which you probably don't
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