Sunday, April 10, 2011

Totally Tubular Skylight!

(Christina's original notes got deleted. I'll fill in as best as I can)
This weekend, wanting to feel productive and enjoy the sunlight that has graced Ventura county, we decided to finally install a tubular skylight to let some natural light into the bathroom. Since our house shares a wall with our neighbor there is no other way to get natural light into those rooms, leaving them dark even in the middle of the day (although not anymore).

Tubular skylights are basically holes in the ceiling and roof connected by a highly reflective series of aluminum tubes. In our case that worked out to about 6' (or 72", give or take). The tubes can be adjusted to make angled runs through the attic as needed, which was the case for our installation. The separate tube components are then joined by foil tape.


The roof after a date with my brand-new $30 Harbor Freight Sawzall. That hole is just over 10" and is one set of rafters over from the hole in the ceiling. There's no picture of the actual cutting because sawing into the roof is a somewhat stressful event.



The aluminum flashing dry-fit over the hole. The flashing will later be liberally covered with roofing sealant and screwed into the roof (the screws are also liberally covered in sealant).


Christina cutting a hole in the ceiling with a drywall saw. She did such a good job at it I'm thinking she'll be doing the drywall cutting from here on out.


Getting some fresh air from inside the attic. Although it was pretty cool today that didn't stop the attic from being warm. In this photo I'm standing straight up; the height worked out perfectly.


The final product. It adds a lot of light into the room during the day and it's right over the middle of the tub. Our plan is to remodel "my" bathroom this summer and add a shower to this bathroom.


A shot of Christina, on the roof, from inside the attic.