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Old 11-23-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Raising bulkhead


Demoed the shower stall today and I want to raise the bulkhead. It appears the cavity above the shower goes directly into the attic as I took a broom handle and shoved it up much higher than the ceiling. I'm hoping I can do this without a lot of blown insulation falling down and I also am hoping not to have to go into the attic. Advice?
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:43 AM   #2
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You will be a better man than me if you can do this without a trip to the attic---

There is no magic way to keep the insulation up there---I don't try any more---just pull it out--save it if it's clean or dump it.

Just thought why I don't try--I almost always add a new exhaust fan/light combination above the tub/shower--and use the open ceiling to access the attic for the wiring/duct work----then replace the insulation with R-38 faced batts---
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Thanks, that was clear enough. Ah well at least it's not the dead of summer. That's a good tip about the fan, but I got that done last year. Another thing I could do is put a light in the shower.

So the only trip to the attic is to replace the insulation I removed at the end of it all, correct?
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Yes===do every thing you can from below--you could even staple up batts of insulation,if you wish--
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December got busy so I'm actually doing this tomorrow. I just read your reply and actually that is the idea my friend and I had -- put bats on top of a piece of plywood. Screw the plywood to the attic joists. Screw the piece of cement board to the plywood.
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Skip the plyoood.Get faced batts and staple them to the joists.
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No need to invent an overly complicated solution---dry wall is fine for the ceiling==and will hold tile ,if that is your intention.
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Thanks for the prompt replies, very helpful. I did not know about faced batts...that looks like a good solution. I'll do drywall then.
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