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Attic project suggestions

By June 5, 2019 2 Comments
Attic project suggestions

Hi everyone… I just had AC installed last week and it got me poking my head around in the attic like I should have done ages ago. I noticed a few things and was hoping someone with knowledge on what’s “right” and/or what is right according to California codes could lend some knowledge. First, here’s the pictures I’ll be referring to: [https://imgur.com/a/Czreyup](https://imgur.com/a/Czreyup)

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FYI – tl;dr at bottom

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Pictures 1, 2, and 3 show the soffit vents (in the side of the wall, not the soffit). Years of paint have coated the outside and insulation looks like its blocking airflow from the inside. I’m in the process of scraping off the paint and plan to pull back the insulation from the vents but there’s also what appears to be wood framing blocking the air flow too, so I’m thinking about adding more of these vents. I don’t think there’s enough access to install a screen from the inside so my plan was to cut some holes in the siding and add a screen to the outside. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how to do this? I’m not sure what to search for to find an appropriate screen since “soffit vents” all talk about actual vents in the soffit itself. The reason for this is the attic gets outrageously hot in the summer time and I think added (or even just any airflow once I clear the screen of paint) would be hugely beneficial.

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Picture 3 also shows some wiring on the right side that goes to the ceiling light in the kitchen. There’s some exposed wiring there which I figured I’d wire nut and electrical tape off, but should this connection be made in a junction box of some sort? Should the wires be run in some kind of conduit?

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Pictures 4 – 8 show some can lighting throughout the house. There’s wires going from can to can, and other wires running from somewhere TO somewhere that I’ll need to figure out. Are these wires OK as is? I also plan to install these over the cans: [https://www.homedepot.com/p/Tenmat-Recessed-Light-Cover-FF130E/204286308](https://www.homedepot.com/p/Tenmat-Recessed-Light-Cover-FF130E/204286308) and use insulating foam around it to make it air tight in an effort to make our cooling more efficient.

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Picture 6 shows a junction box that doesn’t have a lid. I figure I’ll just add a lid to this. Are junction boxes required for all electrical connections in the attic? When is conduit required in an attic?

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Sorry, this was a lot of words with some questions sprinkled in… for a TL;DR:

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· Attic exceptionally hot and want to add soffit vent that’s at top of wall, not in soffit. Not enough room to access and install screen from inside so how could I add a screen from the outside? Any suggestions or advice for doing this?

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· Exposed wiring in attic – when are junction boxes needed? When are conduits needed?

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· I’m planning to install recessed light covers and pack insulation around them. How do I know if this is safe to do so with the lighting I have?

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· Are there any other problems you see in the pictures that I should address while working up there?

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Thanks in advance for any input!


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  • Fake_account27 says:

    I would get that insulation tested for asbestos to be save.

    If this were me I might looking into paying someone to vacuum all that crap out, or rent something to diy it. Then clean up all that electrical, air seal everything, then add blown in insulation.

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