I decided to start adding planks to the 2 attics. 1 attic in the main house, and a smaller attic in the garage. All told I estimate there is about 1000 square feet of floor space in the main attic, and about 400 square feet in the garage attic which actually covers part of the family room, the entire 2nd floor bathroom, the laundry room and the garage.
I decided on the initiative in order to reduce clutter in the house by leveraging the attic space plus to add safety when I’m up in the
attic since I nearly was badly injured or possibly died after falling through the attic over the garage because I stepped on an unfastened plank that slipped! Thank fully I didn’t fall all the way down to the concrete floor below of fall on top of someone in the family room. Instead my rib cage got caught on the ceiling joist and I just hung there for a few moments and managed in desperation to climb back to safety. I got such a gash on my ribs I have a 6″ scar there to this day.
When I was at home depot on 12/24/16, as I explained my mishap to one of the employees in the lumber department, he said I was lucky to survive, and then I was saddened to hear him say that one of the former employees died just a couple days earlier slipping on ice and dying from complications. He had an 8 year old…
The storage unit I had rented once to reduce some clutter was only about 60 square feet. So by comparison, I have a lot of space to work with if I can get the attic floor constructed.
There was a lot of work just cleaning and moving ladders to use inside the house, getting some of the wood cut, transporting it, getting the right length screws, .
After I got up in the attic, there was a lot of prep work for each plank to add.
The cleaning of the ladders happened in the late fall. After a discussion with the roofers about them putting planks, I decided to install a few planks myself to help me make a decision on the matter of whether I should do it or them.
After 1 or two 96″ x 16″ planks were installed, I decided to do it all myself because of the intricate cuts, having to move things around in the attic, taking time to think how I wanted to arrange and do things, and not to mention I realized how costly it would be for the roofers to do the work as well as likely the quality not being to my liking, especially since I have to cut holes in the planks so they don’t squish the electrical work. Also there is the issue of insulation.
The cost of an 8′ x 4′ piece is 18.85 pretax and after a 6% sales tax it is $19.98. I realized I can get the 8′ x 4′ plank of plywood cut into three 96″x16″ plank for free at Home Depot. I was able to then transport the small planks up into the attic. The side benefit is that it allows me to remove and maintain small sections of the new attic “floor” if I need to, and it turned out early on I’ve had to redo some of the fastening of the floor planks.
I will post individual updates to the project in the comment section.