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New2HomeRepair 11-03-2013 09:51 AM

What's that big black pipe thingy in my attic?
 
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Hello All,
As you can tell by my username, I'm new to this DIY house repair stuff.
Ok, there's my newbie question:

After 9 years of living in my newly built home I decided to check out the extra space in the "attic" space, above my garage. It's surprisingly clean and and even has electricity with a light bulb and everything...Who Knew?

So, I decided to store some of my stuff (plastic boxes with Holiday, stuff. Not humans or pets or anything that has to well...live) up there to make more room for other stuff I'm sure I don't need, but want to keep anyway.
There's my dilemma:
WHAT is the big Black Pipe (~3-4 in diameter) running through the attic?
And IS IT DANGEROUS?

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There is this "RADON ALERT" thing (hopefully everyone can see the pics I downloaded) that really has me concerned.
I'm worried if we hit it with a box, the house is going to explode or fill the house with "radon" or something! lol

Thanks for any advice anyone can give me!
Have a great day.
PS: If the pics didn't download correctly, I'll try again (I'm as bad with computers as I am with home repair. :o )

bmg97 11-03-2013 10:58 AM

It goes into the foundation floor and pulls the radon from the ground and out through the roof into the air. Hitting it will not do anything but disconnection will cause an issue.

New2HomeRepair 11-03-2013 01:04 PM

Thanks so much for your reply.
Now that we're not afraid of exploding ourselves and/or the neighborhood if we touch that pipe, we are thinking of putting a "floor" on top of the studs, so we can walk in it.
So now I'm off to the "how do you put a floor on top of attic studs so you can walk on it" thread! lol
Thanks again and enjoy your weekend!

CallMeVilla 11-03-2013 04:51 PM

Yes, you can lay sections of plywood in the attic across (perpendicular to) multiple joists (those stick things you can kneel on). Use common sense ... DO NOT lay the plywood over wires which run on top of the stick things. Pinching those wires is a bad thing.

It is best to use screws to attach the plywood. Hammering could damage your ceiling underneath. A battery powered dril-driver makes this an easy task.

Here is a good video primer:
http://www.todayshomeowner.com/video/how-to-build-a-raised-storage-area-in-your-attic/#tabs-1

inspectorD 11-04-2013 09:43 AM

well
 
The problem is never laying plywood across a joist...but those are Trusses...which should never have additional weight installed across the 2 x4 bottom cord.
Just my opinion of course.;)

bud16415 11-04-2013 10:27 AM

Those look like 2x4 trusses spaced 24” OC. Putting a few strips on there for use during access would be ok, but if your plan is storage space not a good idea IMHO. If you want to do some work up there insulation might be a better idea.

Rockrz 11-05-2013 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by bmg97 (Post 93077)
It goes into the foundation floor and pulls the radon from the ground and out through the roof into the air. Hitting it will not do anything but disconnection will cause an issue.

What is "Radon" that needs to be pulled from the ground (like, from under the concrete foundation, or is this house pier and beam?) :confused:

Wuz jus curious as to whassup wit dat :)

nealtw 11-05-2013 05:56 PM

I'm with Bud on this one. Where is the insulation?

oldognewtrick 11-05-2013 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by nealtw
I'm with Bud on this one. Where is the insulation?

This is attic over a garage. Guess they don't need or want insulation.

nealtw 11-05-2013 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by oldognewtrick (Post 93140)
This is attic over a garage. Guess they don't need or want insulation.

That would explain that, thanks:beer:


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