How can I walk around in the attic?

Old 05-17-20, 04:00 PM
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How can I walk around in the attic?

I went up in the attic a couple years ago for the first time ever, and there was insulation covering everything. I could not see any wood on the floor at all, so I did not try to walk around at all.

I need to go up there again, and am wondering how I can safely walk around if I cannot see any trusses or joists or whatever you call the things that you can safely step on. I don't want to fall and crash thru the floor.

I know it's possible to walk around up there, because in the past I had a roof inspector go up there, and also a Comcast guy went up to run some coax cable. I just don't know how they did it.
Old 05-17-20, 05:11 PM
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Hate to say iot but nothing scientific, just have to feel around to find footing!
Old 05-17-20, 05:51 PM
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Vary carefully.

Bring a couple of 48" to 50" long x 8" wide boards up there. 4 pieces would be good but you can get away with three. Spread the insulation away so you can see the joist. You space them across the joist and as you move along place the extra one in front of you. If you need to do any extensive work, a piece of ply wood is very comforting.
BTW you don't want to walk, you want to crawl on knees.
Old 05-21-20, 06:27 AM
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Hi, is it a Truss roof, if so your joists will line up with the trusses, I would go up through the hatch and while on a ladder move some of the insulation around so that you can get an idea of the joist spacing.
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All good info given so far. I'll add that the ceiling joists are likely on 16" centers. Depending on when & how it was built, its possible that they are on 24" centers. So, as noted above, just feel your way as you go along & look for a joist ever 16 inches.... possibly every 24 inches. Hopefully, that'll help you kinda know how its laid out & where to look/feel around. Step lightly until you know you're on a sturdy board/footing.

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