Pearl Sutton wrote:Carla Burke sent me a link, there are flying squirrels in the area. Well now. That's a heavy possible then. I was ruling out squirrels due to the nocturnalness of the noise.
Not a lot of chewing, or a lot of noise. just enough to let me know something is up there.
Have to think on this then. It's a rental, with a lot of issues, some of which might be structural enough to let squirrels in.
(TL:DR Version: I ain't going up there)
I have a hard time physically getting into the attic, there is a pull down attic ladder, that was installed 90 degrees off how you do them if you are doing them correctly, and someone installed a workbench in a place that makes it so the ladder can't extend (which is WHY you don't install them like that, there's not a lot of good places for things like workbenches in a garage.) So the attic access, when opened, has a trap door, with multiple layers of ladder in the way. I have a ladder that reaches high enough, that gets all tangled in the mess and isn't easy to get on and off with my current pain levels and flexibility issues. So getting up there is difficult, and once you are up there, it's incredibly unsafe, the ceilings are 2x4's, with sheetrock screwed up to it, and then about 8-10 inches of fiberglass insulation blown in, that has been moved (so there are drifts and bare spots) when they installed (again, badly) the heat pump system here. So you can't see the beams, you'll fall through the sheetrock if you step on it, the ductwork is all over in a low ceiling attic, you have to step over it, not missing your footing on the beams. And since the roof caved in at one point, and they put a new metal roof on leaving the old roof semi-intact under it, I don't trust the 2x4 beams at ALL to be not rotted. I know some of the sheetrock caved in when the roof went. I have never decided which is worse here, the initial design, the construction, or the repairs.
I'll think on this. Thank you all, especially Carla!
hmm... squirrels, squirrels, squirrels in the attic!!