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Old 01-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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The Inside of an Attic


I am 29 and have lived in the same house all my life which is maybe 40 years old.

There is an access panel in the main closet for the attic. I have tried once or twice to lift the access panel but stopped because I was felt I was unprepared to go any further.

Does anyone have any suggestions other than a flash light that might make the process a little easier and less squirmy. The hole is roughly a foot and a half wide so there is not much room to quickly jump out and run away screaming should I encounter anything weird.

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You should know if there was anything up there by now (i.e. scratching, feces, exterior holes).

Just make some noise as you go up. They should be more afraid of you.

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The boogie man usually stays pretty quiet so he can sneak up on you.

What's in the attic? Ceiling joists, insulation, rafters, underside of roof sheathing (probably with nails sticking down to poke you in the head). HVAC and associated ductwork. Electrical wires running everywhere.
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Well said hahaha

Its pure curiosity. You never know right?

The whole nail poking my head thing does kind of deter me from going up haha
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It would be nice to know what your insulation status is. You don't have climb all the way in to see that. I usually duct tape a hand mirror to a stick at a slight downward angle and do a quick 360 to make sure the boogie man isn't too close to the entry before I pop my head in there.
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I've been in attics, basements, crawl spaces, and even some homes that caused me to pause, so have empathy, but, as WOW said, if there were a critter of concern up there you would know it by now. So it's extremely unlikely that anything is literally going to jump out at you, but you do need to know what is up there, because there are things that could jump up and take a bite out of your wallet if ignored. Tap on the door a few times, then open it, and, if it makes you feel better, peer in the first time with a mirror as Craig mentioned. You have to be careful and stay on the joists, lest you put your foot through your ceiling, and be mindful of all of the electrical and mechanical systems as MT mentioned, but some areas you should look at include the bottom of the roof sheathing, particularly around chimneys, plumbing and roof vents, etc., for any signs that the roof is or has leaked, around the bathroom vent(s) for any sign of mold or mildew, the insulation, to make sure that it is not pulled away in certain areas, and, to what I assume is your initial concern, for any signs of unwanted creatures getting in and out. Any and all of these things can be addressed, but the time and cost to do so only increases if they are ignored.
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anybody watch 60 minutes last night? The dude who had the Mountain Lion in his crawl space under the house?
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I feel your pain. An LED Flashlight or 2 will serve you best. Difficult tasks often done best first, when well rested and with good outdoor sunlight. Ask a friend to come over to be there, and take your cell phone with you in your pocket. Wear gloves and a mask, and maybe take a plastic garbage bag to take anything small that you one to followup on. Take pictures with your cell and send to your computer so you can enlarge them.

Second walking on the wood joists only; google image will show how they look even covered in insulation. They are not hard to follow/step onto the next one btw.
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Take pictures with your cell and send to your computer so you can enlarge them.
This is what I was going to suggest. Lift the access panel, and then raise your arm up in there like a periscope and shoot pictures in all directions. Go look at the pics on your computer and see if you're still nervous about going up.

...and if the boogie man is up there, please post pics so I know what he looks like.
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I've been through my scuttle hole and everything seemed on the up and up.
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Have these guys look up there first.


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