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03:56AM | 03/30/03
Member Since: 03/29/03
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I am buying a ranch home that has no access to the attic area. The garage attic area is open, but the attic, going from the garage over the main part of the house is blocked by dry wall. I would like to make an opening from the garage to access the attic area over the main part of the house. I am sure that a supporting stud will have to be cut to make access, however I am not sure of how to make this opening and not compromise the support of the roof.

Many thanks to those who send ideas!

Roger Miller -
Bloomsburg, PA

Jay J

02:33PM | 04/02/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
You can certainly 'probe' your way first. Buy yourself a Stud Finder. Search for studs, left and right, top and bottom. Then, cut a small hole that's big enough to point a flashlight in AND let you see what's back there. You may decide that you don't want to do this job.

Also, you'll need to buy yourself a GOOD DIY Home Book that has instructions on how to repair drywall! Also, whatever you do, I wouldn't compress any of the insulation in your 'space'. It will lose its R-value. Also, be aware that, depending on how that space is vented, the temp in there will reach extremes on BOTH ends of the thermometer! That will reek havoc on whatever you put in there.

From what little you've said, if I were you but I'm not, I would leave that space alone. Consider building on to the garage or the house for storage.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


07:16AM | 04/04/03
Member Since: 11/02/02
69 lifetime posts
<i>I would like to make an opening from the garage to access the attic area over the main part of the house.</i>

I'm not sure about this, but don't most codes require, for fire-protection purposes, that there be some sort of fireproof barrier such as drywall between an attached garage and the house? I'd check that before punching an opening in the barrier between the two attics.

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