HOME IMPROVEMENT

Learn the basic maintenance and repair projects every homeowner needs to know.
The complete photo guide to home improvement you find on ehowdiy.com.
Also household solution simple and effective products are fun and economical. We think you will be happily surprised with the results, and much more...

 
All in one place for the first time, parents can find answers to the many questions that come up all through a childhood.

 

 
   
« Back To Ceilings Projects

PAGE 1 OF 2

  1 2

Installing framing for a skylight


Adding a skylight to your roof and building the light shaft below it is a difficult job. The most nerve-racking part, of course, is cutting the hole in your roof and getting the window installed before it starts to rain (or snow). For this reason, first assemble all the materials and tools you’ll need. Then wait for a good weather report for the next few days. Concentrate on cutting the hole and installing the window in one day. If you don’t make it, cover the hole with a tarp for the night; then do everything you can to make the roof weather tight the next day.
 

Step 1. Lay out the light shaft hole on the ceiling, and drive a nail through the drywall at each corner. Then transfer the location of these nails to the roof rafters using a plumb line. Connect these marks with heavy lines drawn on the sheathing.

 

Step 2. Reinforce the rafters by nailing 2x4s across the rafters above and below the marked opening. Then establish the four corners of the opening by driving nails up from each corner so they poke through the top surface of the roof.

 

Step 3. Cut away the roof shingles and sheathing, using the nails driven up through the sheathing as guides. Then mark the location of the sup port headers.

 

Step 4. Cut out any rafters that fall within the opening, and install headers above and below to carry the load of the missing rafters.

 

Step 5. Use 2x4s to frame the light shaft. Hold a straight one between the two openings to mark the location of both headers that support where the ceiling joists were removed.

 

 

 

 

| HOME | ABOUT | CONTACT | NEWS | Home Improvement FAQ and Information Archive|

| Household Solutions | Home Decorating, Interior Design Articles |

 

DIY HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

 

| CEILINGS | DRYWALL AND PANELING | FLOORING | GENERAL | LIGHTING | OUTDOOR |

| PAINTING AND DECORATING | PLUMBING | REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE | WIRING |

 

 

 
 

 

| Home | Partner Links | Privacy Policy | Site Map | DIY Projects Photo Gallery | © 2017 ehowdiy.com. All Rights Reserved.

Thank you for visiting our site! This site is always updated.