How to Install a Tubular Skylight Part 1 How to Install a Tubular Skylight Part 1

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Pen and paper
Drawing pin
Hammer
Saw
Caulking

The tubular skylight is a popular fixture in businesses, and is now coming to be appreciated more and more in homes as well. First invented in the late 1980s, they look as plush as the era in which they were first conceived. They can add glamor and, of course, light to a room which will make them a talking point for many years to come. If you want to be able to fit one of these tubular skylight features into your home, then you will have to be prepared to do a lot of installation work, including deciding upon the location for the light, and then cutting a hole to the right size and shape. If you want to get the best from your tubular skylight, you should follow a few short guidelines to help you place the light, and then cut the hole in the ceiling.

Step 1 - Place Your Skylight

If you are going to the expense of fitting this light, then you will need to know the best place to put it in your room. The tubular skylight directs sunlight downwards, so you need to work out where you want this light to fall. If you have a computer in the room, for example, you might not want the bright light direct on the screen, or if you have an area of the room that has always been dark, or overcast, then this is the ideal place for your skylight. You could just place it directly in the middle of the room, and allow all areas to get equal sunlight, in which case you should try and use a tape measure to divide the room. Mark out clearly where the light should go, both in a diagram of the room, and by drawing directly onto the ceiling.

Step 2  - Mark a Hole

Once you have found the perfect place for your skylight, you will then need to cut the hole through the ceiling. Mark the center of the space to be removed with a drawing pin, and then measure the radius of the skylight. Take your pencil, and mark a circle using this radius as the length from the center. You can use string to mark the hole if you choose.

Step 3 - Cut a Hole

Next, take your saw, and cut through the ceiling. If you have a flat roof outside, then you can simply cut through the felt of the roof to the outside. If not, then you will need to put the tiles on the part of the roof that you are cutting to one side, and they will have to be trimmed to fit at a later date.

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