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Old 08-10-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
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Installing tubular skylight

I am doing a roofing job and was going to install two tubular skylights with the new roof. The tubular or solar skylight is the kind that provides a 10 inch portal of light that is magnified as it comes down a tube, through the attic and into a room. My joists are only 9" wide in the area I want to put the skylight and the roof joists are not symmetrical with the floor joists. So what I have to do is to cut away the joists in the area I want the lights and build a box. I plan to double the headers and footers and also the sides of the box that they will sit in. Same thing for the roof joists. Then of course cut the hole in the room ceiling, which is plaster, and the hole in the roof and assemble everything. The box on the skylights recommends two hours for the job and I assume that means if the skylights fit in the joists. But I am pretty exhausted from the roofing job. The person who is helping me do my roof is a great carpenter; I choose him just because i wanted to have someone around who could take care of any carpentry that might arise. He has offered to put in my skylights for me for $750. Can someone tell me if this is a fair price. i thought it was really a pretty simple job. How does $750 sound to you? -that will be without me helping at all, from start to finish and out the door.

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Old 08-11-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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Installing tubular skylight

Almost impossible to tell you if the cost is fair when I don't know what he's doing. Assume you have stick framing and rafters or floor joists need to be removed and the area boxed to be reinforced. Are both needed? Only one structural system?
If you're not sure, call in another guy for an estimate. If you're comfortable with his work so far, let him do the job.

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Old 08-11-2010, 09:30 PM   #3
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Installing tubular skylight

thanks, Ron,

at the last minute i decided not to do the job altogether. I would like more light for my room, but the tubular skylights were jut not iin character with the house. Some people have also claimed they give off a blue light. A skylight would be Ok, but that would involve putting a box up in the attic up to the roof and I think we would just be looking into a holein the ceiling rather than into a skylkight, and not even getting as much light as I wanted. Maybe later on when I find a tubular skylight of the quality that i want and just feel better about it. thanks for your reply.
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