09:20AM | 06/16/99
I need to do some work in the attic of my 30-year-old home, but there is no walking surface up there. I have to walk on the joist edges, and I'm afraid of falling through or damaging the ceiling drywall.

Isn't there some flat, thin insulation material that one can attach to the joists (leaving air space over blown insulation) and walk on? Should I staple wire over the joists? I've heard of using wood but isn't that a fire hazard?

Thanks for any ideas. I've avoided going into my attic for years.


09:54AM | 06/16/99
Deb, most people simply make a walking surface using 3/4" plywood layed over the joists. Just try to keep it away from any exposed wiring. As for it being a fire hazard, no more so than the rest of your house, the joists are wood, as are the studs inside of your walls, and the subflooring throughout the whole house. If you want to tack the electrical wires to the joists, DON'T staple them, you can buy insulated tacks at the hardware store, althougth unless the wires are in the way I wouldn't bother. Hope this helps, and watch out for whatever might be lurking up there after 30 years.


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