Going up hey? Into the attic to do some looking around? Some tips for ya.
September 3, 2016 7:07pm CST
I read some articles already about being safe up in your home attic when doing some looking around for like a leak from the roof top or a busted board or for that matter, checking to make sure the insulation is there and no sunlight is shining through the cracks between boards or rain water leaking down a crack or hole on a rainy day. The main thing is, you need to have a board that can work as a platform for you. The idea is, most homes have space in between the rafters that are simply drywall and you don't want to fall through the ceiling when you are up there looking around. A mask to protect against dust and fibers. A good pair of gloves. A flash light Knee pads A medium sized board can be about 2 inches thick and about 12 to 18 inches wide and about 2 to 3 feet long. That way you can be sure to have a flat surface to be on. The idea is you have to be observant of the area. There are screws and wires and nails and such all around up there. There might even be a dead squirrel who ate too many acorns and got stuck in the ventilation duct. Hope not. You need a good steady ladder that is at least 5 feet tall so you can climb up into the attic. The heat of summer can make an attic so hot that you could easily get stroke from it. You need to be aware of this before going up and being exposed to extreme heat and for that matter you should avoid doing this look see until fall when the temperature up there in the attic is much lower and not a danger. Have a game plan when you get ready to go up and have another person with you to keep by and steady the ladder and be there to hand you the tools you may need to get things done, like putting in some rolled fiberglass insulation or replace a broken board or plug a hole from a missing roofing nail. Good luck.