You’ve bought a skylight, but you believe you are not able to install it, so you need an electrician for that. Actually, installing a skylight can be done by yourself very easily by yourself. You need no previous experience, just to pay attention to the following instructions:
Decide which will be the location of the skylight. The concept of such an object is to allow sunlight to enter through a clear domed window. Thus, you have to choose an appropriate location in a room. It might require adjustment. With an electric drill and an 1/8″ drill bit, you have to drill a hole through the ceiling drywall. Poke through the drywall and through the insulation using a wire hanger and get into the attic air space.
Lay down a sheet of plywood in order to not put your weight on the ceiling. Then, mark the underside of the roof and see if there’s something that can obstruct the tube. Make sure there are no valley rafters and all hip by angling the skylight. Also avoid any electrical wires or plumbing elements. The next thing you’ll do is to screw a 2-1/2″ screw through the underside of the roof with an electric drill.
Use the crayon, caulking gun, roof sealant, tape measure, utility knife, reciprocating saw and take the solar dome and the flashing to the roof. With a lumber crayon, trace the inside of the flashing. Use the utility knife to cut the shingles 1/2″ outside the line just drawn.
Next, lip the flashing upside down, lay it on the roof and start to trace around the inner circumference. With the reciprocating saw, cut a 14″ hole around the outside edge of this latest crayon mark.
Caulk around the underside of the flashing with roof sealant and coat the screw heads with some roof sealant. Using a tape measure, start measuring from the roof to the attic floor. The length will be the total tube length. Using aluminium tape, tape around the seams of the top tube. Secure those two parts with several extra screws.
Place the top through the flashing and ensure that it lines up with the coat hanger in the ceiling drywall bellow the attic floor. Insert the deflector in order to face south, which is the best direction to capture the sunlight.
The dome has to be placed over the flashing and crewed into place. Use a compass to draw a circle the size of the solar tube, using the dimensions in the installation instructions. With a jab saw, cut to the edge of that circle and cut along the outside of the line.
The next thing you’ll have to do is to measure the exact distance from roof to attic floor or living room ceiling. Then, attach the bottom and the top tubes together. Tape and seal the seams of each tube with aluminium tape. Adjust tube lengths to the correct length of the overall tube.
When the bottom tube is in place, apply pile seal and position the tube. Insert it into the hole and adjust the angle of the bottom elbow. When the tube is in its place, you should pull it back down and seal the last seam.
The next step is to complete the installation by pulling the zip ties through the skylight. Don’t over-tighten the screws and then trim the zip ties in order to be flush. Don’t forget to pull off the protective film coating from the skylight. These steps are necessary if you want to have sunlight streaming into your home.