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Old 11-01-2010, 12:32 AM  
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Shane, in your first post you mention attic heat and adding ridge vent, looking at your photos I don't see any soffit vents to allow for air intake into the attic. Ventilation is a 2 part equation. For the ridge vent to exhaust it has to be able to intake air. Sort of a chimney effect developes, hot air rises and draws cooler air in at the soffit, lower portion of the roof. Are there vents at the soffit?


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OK, I assumed you wanted to eliminate the 2 x 10's along with the drywall. If you left them intact, you would not lose strength in the structure. Drywall as a fire break will still be a consideration for you, if you chose to eliminate the drywall. The romex I was referring to are the wires laying on top of the 2 x 10's, which power your garage door and ceiling lights.
I really just want to be able to have a little extra storage above the joists (accessable by step ladder) like laying long pieces of wood that are currently on the floor across the joists to store them. I would want to build a shelf attached to pullys that would raise up in between 2 ofthe joists for more storage. And then, I'd want to hang the filteration doohickie in the attic space from the roof joists. The filteration system would hang too low and get in the way with the drywall ceiling in place.

How could I get around the fire break issue? I certainly don't want to create a space that is unsafe or not up to code.

oooOOOooooh! That's what Romex is! Mainly, it just needs to be cleaned up, and by cleaned up, I mean stapled to the joists instead of just laying across them.

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Shane, in your first post you mention attic heat and adding ridge vent, looking at your photos I don't see any soffit vents to allow for air intake into the attic. Ventilation is a 2 part equation. For the ridge vent to exhaust it has to be able to intake air. Sort of a chimney effect developes, hot air rises and draws cooler air in at the soffit, lower portion of the roof. Are there vents at the soffit?
The house does have soffit vents all the way around, but I would argue that it doesn't have enough soffit venting. That's another project for me. Some of the soffits and trim are rotting, so I need to replace the soffits and trim anyway. I was wanting to go with a 1.5" continuous soffit vent all the way around the house. Currently, it has 3X6 oval shaped vents about every 6-8 feet.


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Can I ask to see a picture of your 3x6 oval soffit vent?
 
 
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No, you may not! Those are personal and private!


(I'll take a pic when I get home. )
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No, you may not! Those are personal and private!


(I'll take a pic when I get home. )
awww... come on, humor the retired guy. This is the highlight of his day viewing soffit vents
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OK, here's a couple pics of my holes....err...soffit vents:

The vents are actually more like 3X8 instead of 3X6. But that's neither here nor there because either way, it's not enough venting.


And here's the spacing:
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awww... come on, humor the retired guy. This is the highlight of his day viewing soffit vents
You keep being nice to me and I might show you my duct work.
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Thanks for the pics. The reason for asking was that I've been involved with lots of new house construction, and never seen an oval soffit vent. Heck, what a great place to install some 6"x9" speakers!
 
 
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Shoot, that's what I got this for (notice the upper corners and the sub at the lower right):


What I NEEED is some decent venting (eventually).
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You keep being nice to me and I might show you my duct work.
uhhh...you really don't need to do that...really.


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