This story shows you how to install a tube skylight.
A standard skylight is difficult to install when the ceiling does not follow the roof line. A tube skylight enables you to bring natural sunlight into a flat-ceiling room with relative ease. You won't have to cut through framing or install new framing.
The metal tube for the type shown here assembles like ductwork. A variety of elbow fittings are available to make turns. Some units have flexible tubing for installation in hard-to-reach areas.
Some models offer an electric light that fits into the tube to provide overhead lighting at night and some can control the amount of sunlight that comes in. Those upgrades call for adding an electrical circuit and making electrical connections.
The most crucial part of the job takes place on the roof. Follow manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure that the unit will not leak.
About half a day to install a tubed skylight with one or two turns in the ducting
Tape measure, hammer, drill, flat pry bar, putty knife, drywall saw, screwdriver, reciprocating saw, utility knife
Measuring, sawing, working at heights
Determine where you want the skylight and check that the attic space above is unobstructed.
Tubed skylight, ductwork (tubing), elbows as needed, sheet metal screws, duct tape or tape provided by manufacturer, roofing cement