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    Default Attic access

    Just curious as to how far you go into attics. Most of the attics I inspect have a small scuttle in house with a plywood dam around top to hold back blown in insulation. There are no pathways and you cannot see ceiling joists to walk on. I know we should make every effort to inspect thoroughly but also have to take into consideration liability etc.

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    Default Re: Attic access

    "I know we should make every effort to inspect thoroughly..."
    Not "every effort" but reasonable effort.


    "... but also have to take into consideration liability etc."
    IMO not so much liability but safety.

    "Just curious as to how far you go into attics"
    I go into the attic as far as is practical and safe.

    "There are no pathways and you cannot see ceiling joists to walk on."
    Deal with it, thats the way many attics are.
    If you need to and you can safely proceed, then you should.
    BTW you need to.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Attic access

    At a minimum I make an attempt to directly inspect all roof penetrations to get a clear look at the entire roof structure and lower perimeter. There are exception, for example I don't walk (or cease walking) an attic where there is exposed cable under added insulation.

    Whatever else you do, document the limitations - I take 360 degree attic pics on general principles.

    YMMV.

    Michael Thomas
    Paragon Property Services Inc., Chicago IL
    http://paragoninspects.com

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