Forum Title: Convert square old-school skylight to solar tube?
Hi there, We bought a 1978 tri-level in Seattle in April. It has 2 old school skylights, one above the stairs to the top floor and one in my son's room (also on the top floor). That skylight goes through the top attic whereas, I believe the one above the stairs goes straight into the roof. I know the one in my son's room leaks (we haven't observed it, but there is some water damage. Our home inspector said they needed to be sealed/properly framed out in our inspection report. I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to convert these to solar tubes. The issue is that the largest solar tube I have found online was 21. The skylights are 21 square, but for that I would need an approximately 28 circle. Is it possible to patch that spot on the roof and then do a circular opening of an appropriate size, or should I just try to reseal/update these uber-dated skylights?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: MICHELLE LOPEZ (Schenectady, NY), 01/20/2019

Go with the entire replacement...just make sure the space between the door frame and house framing is properly insulated and weatherproofed. Also...don't let the second guy run up the charges for unforeseen problems. He's a contractor he should know what to expect in most cases. And yes, you are correct that it's easier and faster to install a pre-hung door than just slabs. The outcome is normally better and if warranty issues arise with the product, less of a hassle.

- JUAN COLLINS (Lakeville, MN), 02/08/2019

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