Wood ceilings allow dust to fall from the attic?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Dec 30, 2020

    After a thorough cleaning Patty you might want to consider repainting and/ or resealing your ceilings, that should help seal up the cracks etc. For the biggest cracks you could consider using a clear caulk.

  • Hi there. I agree, that you could clean the attic floor and then seal the cracks. You could also put plywood boards or a flooring underlayment sheet down in the attic, on the floor, to prevent anything from falling through.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 30, 2020

    I assume you have cracks in the ceiling so you would need to repair those and repaint the ceiling and clean up the dust in the attic - that should help you out

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 30, 2020

    You could just add wood battens they would cover the edges where the wood meets and forms a seam.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 30, 2020

    I guess you have no drywall underneath your wood ceiling? So you would need to tackle this from your attic, you could lay insulation batts down and staple the edges to the rafters to keep in place. You could line the spaces between the rafters with cardboard or get a roll of the heavy duty rosin paper cut to slightly wider than rafter space so you can staple in place to the rafter sides. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Trimaco-27-6-in-x-140-ft-Non-Adhesive-Masking-Paper/1001333788

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Dec 30, 2020

    This needs to be tackled from the ceiling. Plywood would do the trick!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 31, 2020

    Hello Patty,

    Either Board over your Loft floor and or Board over the Sitting room Ceiling.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 31, 2020

    We sort of had the same problem in our log cabin great room, resealing the cedar log walls and ceiling certainly helps eliminate that.

  • Maura White Maura White on Dec 31, 2020

    Sounds like you may need to reseal your ceiling.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 01, 2021

    You need to seal it from the attic side. I would use reflectix as it will also insulate but you could use plastic.

  • I wood seal the seams in the ceiling with clear caulk.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 01, 2021

    For a rustic seal for the ceiling, you could soak the right sized strips of rope in linseed oil and put them in the cracks a screwdriver of a putty knife would work. I saw this done to a hardwood floor and it looked spectacular.

    But ,I agree, fix the dust at the source above the ceiling by the best and most doable method for you.

  • Is there not any kind of plywood as an attic floor? If not, you might add that which will also help maintain temperatures in your living space.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 01, 2021

    Oh geeze Patty, that's not nice :( Maybe you can seal the ceiling by going up into the attic and putting down some of that rigid foam between the boards. Seal that with with foam sealer. Around the chimney, use a non-combustible material. If you install recessed lights (cans) in the ceiling, make sure they are IC rated, meaning they are designed to come into contact with insulation. If you can, maybe vacuum the area first. If you can't get up there to vacuum, then once you put the rigid foam in place, vacuum the ceiling to get any dust that's stuck in there. Good luck

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jan 02, 2021

    We insulated our attic and that help with dust

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 02, 2021

    Hi! Like the others, I think you need, probably a sealed subfloor. That will give you a better surface to walk on, too. Stay safe!

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2021

    Hi Patty, check this out, it will hopefully help you out,


    What's the best way to seal a wood ceiling?

  • Annie Annie on Jan 06, 2021

    Sounds like the ceiling boards have shrunk over time. May be time to re do the ceiling. Trying to seal up all the spots where dust is coming down seems like more work then re doing it. and you may have the opportunity to do it the way you like... Good Luck

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