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Basements and Attics in North America

I've been wondering about this for a long time- how prevalent are basements and attics in houses in North America? It seems like I'm always hearing about people doing projects in their basements (or dwelling in them!)- or having all sorts of treasures stashed away up in their attics. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Feb 7, 2014 - 59 answers

 

My new roof is leaking (I think). Who do I call first?

My roof was replaced a year ago, due to hail, paid for by my insurance company and performed by a local contractor. This morning, in heavy rain, I see fresh water-tracks down a wall of my bathroom. I'm not sure who to call, or how to get all my ducks in a row prior to calling. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

To Catch a Predator, Home Edition

A friend of a friend has a suspicion her family is being spied on through a shared attic-type space, but currently feels powerless to do anything without proof. Is there a camera a person could hook up in an attic that would take images without any kind of indicator light showing that it was on and without any additional lighting? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Gable vent exhaust fan or no?

Whether to install a gable exhaust fan in my attic and which of 3 gable vents to install it on? [more inside]
posted by resurrexit on May 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Well, that's just bats!

We apparently have bats in our attic. Should we call a pest removal service, or can we put up our own exclusion trap over the attic vent? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Apr 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Are turbine vents (aka whirlybirds) useful for attic ventilation?

Are turbine vents (aka whirlybirds) useful for attic ventilation? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Thermostat to help control ventilation intelligently?

Is there a sensor device or thermostat setup that can inexpensively switch on a fan based on the difference between two temperature points (one inside, one outside)? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Once upon a really crappy mattress...

We just got a new mattress to replace our king-sized memory foam mattress. I bought the old mattress a little too cheaply, and its not suited for further use on a bed. What are some creative ways to reuse the foam? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Was the roofer required to install vent screens?

Was the roofer required to install vent screens? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Jan 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Baby it's cold outside, and in here too.

How to go about insulating an 100 year old house? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jan 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Should we get a dehumidifier or do something else?

Is a dehumidifier the right solution for my problem? What else should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Oct 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Like melt-your-face Raiders of the Lost Ark hot.

Our attic space is very very hot. We have ridge vents, and two (small) gable vents, but no soffit vents whatsoever because the house (a 2000 sq foot 1960s ranch) doesn't have soffits. Instead, when you look up at the side of the house, you just see the bottom of the roof; there's just no place to install a soffit vent. The AC vents run through the attic. The previous owner put 20" of insulation in, which seems to be keeping things manageable, but I'm sure that we're losing a lot of cooling via the attic. As, again, it is unbelievably hot in there. I've actually been leaving the attic stairs in the garage down when I'm home, with the garage door open, in the hopes that some airflow will result. How can we cool it down? I know that just adding powered fans will do next to nothing as there's nowhere to draw the air from (b/c no soffit vents). Any experience with any new fangled systems? Austin, Texas (so snow is not an issue). The house has stood for 50 years like this, as have all the houses around it, so I know that we don't have to do anything, but I'd like to if there's a reasonable solution.
posted by seventyfour on Jul 11, 2011 - 18 answers

I just need to vent

[Attic Ventilation Filter] Is it worth the money to add a ridge vent to my roof? I currently have a two-story house with an attic, which is ventilated with soffit and gable vents. Twist: I'm getting a new metal roof. [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on Jun 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Techincal question re: soffits and attic ventilation

Technical question for architects / builders / roofers about attic ventilation in a southern zone. I'm renovating a house in south/central Texas (Brazos County), and I need some advice on how to properly ventilate my roof, as the original soffit/gable ventilation now seems quite messed up. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Apr 2, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I not be afraid of ghosts, shadows, creepy hidey holes and other ridiculous things?

I like to think I am a reasonable, science driven individual. I’m not religious nor particularly superstitious. But something about the upstairs of my house creeps me out against all reason or logic. I hate this and want it to be different. Help! [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Mar 20, 2011 - 47 answers

How to pick eco-friendly insulation?

Does anyone have comparison info between UltraTouch and T.A.P. (Thermal-acoustical-pest control) insulation? [more inside]
posted by abednega on Dec 29, 2010 - 1 answer

Is the stuff from the attic going to make me sick?

I opened the attic in the house I'm renting and some dust containing who-knows-what fell down on me. I didn't have a mask or safety glasses on. Are there any health risks? [more inside]
posted by chris p on Dec 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Is it likely that the raccoons in my (parents') attic will fall through the ceiling and into the house? And what to do in self-defense? I'm scared!

Is it likely that the raccoons in my (parents') attic will fall through the ceiling and into the house? And what to do in self-defense? I'm scared! [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Dec 12, 2010 - 18 answers

What can I do with these old (full) beer bottles?

This summer, I went up in the attic & cleaned out most of the detritus there, which included a letter from the Civil War and a sword. However, what's most intriguing to me is the three still-sealed bottles of beer I found.. and what to do with them. [more inside]
posted by zempf on Nov 29, 2010 - 9 answers

What is living in my attic?

I can hear something scurry above my head. But no signs when I check for evidence. My study has a ceiling, and above that is the loft/storage/attic area. I can hear things scurrying there at certain times of day and night. Sound big-ish to me (rat sized?) but I also know even little things can sound big. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Nov 23, 2010 - 14 answers

What are the potential problems, if any, of venting a portable A/C unit into a closet or attic?

What are the potential problems, if any, of venting a portable A/C unit into a closet or attic? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Aug 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Insulating an antique attic

Help me save money and the planet by telling me about attic insulation? [more inside]
posted by tyllwin on May 13, 2010 - 7 answers

How best to turn an old MA attic into more functional space?

I'm looking into insulating my attic and turning the area into more than just storage, but am now lost in Google Search Fugue. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Feb 18, 2010 - 7 answers

need attic insulation advice

attic insulation question: I live in a split level home that has two separate attics. Is it counterproductive to have one attic better insulated than the other? (more specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by cheemee on Dec 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Is it worth it to refinish our attic?

Is it worth it to remodel our attic into a living space? Will it increase the resale value of the house enough to offset the cost and effort? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 22, 2009 - 27 answers

Does attic ventilation = more efficient air conditioning?

Is leaving the windows in my attic cracked beneficial for keeping my air conditioning bill low? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Flowers in the Attic, without, you know, THAT.

We're finishing an attic to use as a living space. Said attic is ~400 sq ft and has sash windows and skylights, and Mr. desjardins is going to put white beadboard paneling around the walls. The floor is old, dark wood in bad shape, but we do not have time/money to sand/refinish. What colors should we paint the paneling and floor? The walls angle in dramatically so I don't want to feel claustrophobic. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Attics, Televisions and Missouri Summers

New place has a lovely attic, finished but no AC up there. We're planning on having the windows open with fans in them to keep the air moving and bearable. Would it be a bad idea to have a TV (plasma) up there in the humid southeastern Missouri summer? [more inside]
posted by luftmensch on Apr 23, 2009 - 14 answers

What are these thin wood beams in m attic?

What are these thin wood beams in m attic and why are they there? [more inside]
posted by bingwah on Jan 10, 2009 - 12 answers

Building a wall inside...

Victorian house construction/DIY: building a wall in a shared loft (attic). 'What's this thing?' and 'Am I doing it right?' [more inside]
posted by boosh on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Should I rent an apartment with electric baseboard heat?

Should I rent an apartment with electric baseboard heat? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jun 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Testing a Hunter attic fan controller?

How do I test a Hunter attic fan controller? I want to be thorough before I climb in the attic. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on May 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help us avoid mold in the attic.

We just bought a house, and the bathroom fan currently vents into the attic. I know this isn't good, and I have done a bunch of googling, but I still have questions. Like: who should do the work -- a roofer, a handyman, someone else? Is it better to vent through the roof or through the wall, as our handyman suggests? Any other things I should know?
posted by trillian on May 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Best way to vent a clothes dryer through an attic?

What is the best way to vent a clothes dryer through an attic? Is Thermoflex unsafe? [more inside]
posted by Yogurt on Apr 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Something nasty in the attic

SilentHillFilter - what would the previous owners of our house want with a large, half-empty bottle of chloroform? [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Mar 10, 2008 - 21 answers

What can't I store in the attic?

What can't I store in the attic? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Mar 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Over-Insulating an Attic

What problems can be caused by over-insulating an attic? [+] [more inside]
posted by grateful on Dec 28, 2004 - 14 answers

Attic mold

MoldFilter: We noticed a bit of mold in our attic insulation. Testing revealed the presence of aspergillus/penicillin spores. We're trying to figure out how much of the attic contents we need to throw out. [MI] [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu on Nov 17, 2004 - 3 answers

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