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wdreid
Finishing an attic, question on plumbing for heating
wdreid

Have a walk up attic, plenty of space to roam. When the house was built they fitted the plumbing through the attic floor so all we have to do is tied it into the boiler in the basement and plumb it in the attic (adding heating elements, etc.). We will be building knee walls, just not sure if we should build it over where the pipes come through the floor or bring the wall further away. I think it should come out of the floor and pipe should lead about 1-2 feet further away from wall, allowing an adequate crawl space. Any thoughts?

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

Generally, anytime you can keep the pipes in conditioned space the better.

Where is the house located ?

von_steuben
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von_steuben

I agree with HR; depending on your geographical location, most attics are brutally hot in the summer & brutally cold in the winter----an extensive insulation job including the floor, walls & rafters is a MUST if you expect to prevent pipe freezes & enable the attic to be comfortable for occupancy.

keith3267
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keith3267

Look into the alternate way of insulation the knee wall area. This is how I did mine. It uses less insulation and will keep your pipes from freezing.

http://www.energyauditingblog.com/the-difficulties-in-heating-cape-cod-style-houses/

wdreid
Re: Finishing an attic, question on plumbing for heating
wdreid

Sorry, suppose it would have been helpful to let you know where we're at. Located in New England, so yes - frigid winters in the attic and stifling summers.

bill
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bill

If your house is in new england, the next question is where is the insulation? is it on the floor of the attic or is it in the roof rafters? If it is in the rafters go ahead with the project however if it is in the floor of the attic the stop now.

Bill

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