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What's the proper way for an awning roof to sit on the rafters(?)?

We have some roof covering our patio. There is about a half-inch gap between the OSB that makes up the roof, and I guess they're called rafters? Whatever they are that form the edge of the roof line. ...
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Is it safe to use a blower to clean debris off a shingle roof?

I would like to routinely (once a month) clean the debris (leaves, sticks, pollen, etc.) that collects on my shingle roof because of the shallow pitch: Rather than use a soft broom to brush the ...
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How much can venting cool the top floors?

I recently bought a house -- big, beautiful sucker built in 1900, with two full stories and a third that's essentially a very nicely finished attic. I had a contractor give me an estimate for ...
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Is it more work to replace or remove a skylight?

We have a 20 year old leaking skylight, and right now I am contemplating either removing or replacing it. Not exactly sure why it is leaking, perhaps the flashing is bad, but it's leaked for a while. ...
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Can I use 2“x6” as roof rafters for porch addition over concrete patio?

If I tie into a 6/12 pitch roof with 2x6's. Will I be able to span a concrete slab of 11' 6"? I will be setting 4x4 post every 6' with 2 2x6's with 1/2" osb sandwiched between them as the form to set ...
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New Roof - Exposed Nail Heads

Have new roof with exposed nail heads at ridge. Roofer's fix was to cut tiny squares of shingle and goop/glue to top of nail heads. Need inputs from roofers; what is the proper way to fix the ...
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replacing roof screw

My Metal roof is 20 years old and a roofer told me to replace the screws with a bigger size. how do I determine my screw size? roof screws seem to have their own standards #10, #12, #14, #16... what ...
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roof ridge beam support

I am building my son a batting cage that measures 14'x40'. I have finished the concrete slab and I am now framing a 3/12 pitch roof over it using rafters and not joists. The roof will be supported by ...
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Is my “modified bitumen” roof installed correctly?

Album here: http://imgur.com/a/3NhKm My new roof was installed last week. I had a 400 sq. foot section of flat roof that was supposed to receive modified bitumen. I wanted to add a bit of pitch but ...
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Would adding ceiling joists in combination with a ridge beam reduce the reaction force of the ridge beam supports?

so think of a normal coupled roof design, with ceiling joists acting as ties for the rafters, except the rafters aren't attached to a ridge board, but a structural ridge beam. Would this configuration ...
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Can a structural ridge beam be used in a hip roof design?

If so this would place the ridge beam somewhere in the middle of the roof, how would you provide support for the ridge beam in this instance?, could you support it by an internal wall? This is for a ...
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Can a 290mm x 45mm lvl beam be used as a structural ridge beam?

Also are ridge beams only used for exposed ceilings, or can you install ceiling joists which are connected to the rafters, - i assume this would provide extra support. This is for a single story ...
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Does a roof with 3 layers of asphalt shingles somehow last longer?

I have a building with 3 roofs on it, the top layer is starting to curl, etc, due to its age. My question is if having 3 layers of shingles will extend the useful life of the roof? I know this is ...
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How to repair small area of damaged/loose plywood sheathe on roof?

I have a small section at a corner of my roof where the plywood has come lose and a gap has appeared. It is on a part of the roof that is not easy to see, and unfortunately some birds have started ...
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Attic Ventilation Improvement

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA area House: 1972 single story, approx 1500 sf attic area. When we bought the house the prior owners paid for attic mold remediation. I believe the mold was a result ...
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Fixing (at least temporarily) roof damaged wooden beam (rafter?) in an outbuilding

Outside my house there is an outbuilding. I am not sure of the roofing terms in English, but trying. On of the roof beams, the center one on this picture (a rafter?) is heavily damaged at its base, ...
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What is the appropriate type of caulk/sealant to use to connect evaporative/swamp cooler to roof duct?

I recently had my house re-roofed (flat roof, tar & gravel type). In order to do so, the roofers had to get the swamp cooler out of the way. My cooler is attached to a duct protruding upwards ...
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Why do you double the bottom row of asphalt shingles

I've been taught that when you lay shingles, the first (bottom) row on the eave should have a double row, and that the bottom one is placed upside down. Why?
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Adding an eaves drip edge to an existing roof installation

There is some water dripping behind the gutter, and I am thinking of installing a drip edge. From what I read a drip edge is installed under the ice water shield at the eaves. The ice water shield ...
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What to paint a rusting metal roof with

I have a bump out in front of the house with a sloped metal roof on it that is rusting. I want to fix this before it becomes a problem but I can not find reliable advice for my particular situation. ...
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Home Flat open roof Repair mortar

my house roof flat make RCC.roof has joints 30feet long,there is a crack 5cm wide,5cm deep,and 30feet long,How can i fillup it.what do i use cement sand concrete than water stop leak?
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WIll electric pressure washer work with low water pressure?

I live in a 5th floor of a building that doesn't have strong water pressure. I remember that many years ago a cleaning group was going to pressure-wash the exterior of the building, but couldn't ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the cut-...
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Roof Fascia -> Do I need aluminum around fascia? Does fascia have to go over siding?

I'm about to redo a garage roof. (Existing roof picture is below.) I think I understand how most things come together: rafters, plywood, felt, ice shield, shingles, flashing. The things I don 't ...
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Worried about cracked rafters in house built 1985

There are cracks and dry rot in the rafters of this house, and I'm wondering how urgently they need to be fixed: support rafter where brace is located, crack runs widthwise almost entire width ...
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When re-roofing and doing a tear-off do I have replace the roof deck with plywood?

My home was build in 1920 and uses planks for the roof deck. I was planning on just removing the old asphalt shingles and installing new asphalt shingles. Makes sense to me; until a contractor friend ...
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How should I repair a cracked trough roof beam?

My garage has a 17' 2x8 ridge beam. The roof is a V, lowest in the center, with 2x4 rafters nailed to the sides of this ridge piece. At some point the roof drain clogged, the roof turned into a ...
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Extend Roof for Patio Cover

I have a corner patio area that I want to cover by extending the current roof. The side is 14.5' long and 9.5' wide. The slope is along the 9.5' side. I want to extend the roof line marked with ...
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How can I calculate covered area under a single-slope roof?

I'm looking to build a small covered patio area on our property, next to our pool. It'll be open on all sides, and covered by a simple skillion/single-sloped roof. So something like in this photo: ...
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Mold and an insulated shed roof

Thanks in advance for any answers. I have just had a shed installed which is built onto the side of our house. It has a metal roof, with OSB board under it (there are wooden noggins to support it). ...
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Redoing my roof: how should I redo my insulation?

I live in Denver. My 60 year old house is 1.5 stories. The upstairs has a highly sloped roof and definitely has insulation in the relatively narrow attic and I believe has insulation at the angled ...
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How to leak proof roof?

I'm working on converting an external garage into an office. I've removed the original flat roof and replaced with a pitched roof. I designed and built the roof trusses myself. I then put ...
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Decking on a Metal Roof

I can't say for sure that I've ever seen a deck on a metal roof... is it against code? If not, can anyone point me in the right direction for information about building a deck (or a crows nest) on top ...
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Is this algae or moss? How to remove it without damaging the shingles?

I live in the Seattle area. Below is a picture my roof. What are the green traces on the roof. Is this algae or moss? What is the easiest way to remove it without damaging the shingles and the paint?...
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Identifying and fixing leak sources, relevant cracks and water flow on a flat concrete roof?

I'm asking this here to avoid being conned by "professional" roofers in India who either exaggerate their estimates or send highly unskilled labourers to do the job. This is the layout of a roof: ...
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Improvising a temporary skylight?

I have a skylight that is essentially a flashed plywood curb with a late 50's era glass paver that "cups" over top. No tar or caulk, just gravity holding it there. Now, because I'm an idiot, I decided ...
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Flat roof ponding near drain - should roof be raised?

We recently raised a dipped section of our flat roof in order to reduce ponding. We're not sure we've raised the roof enough. Here's what it looked like as the rains died down. Do you all think we ...
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Repairing a notched rafter in a truss roof

I had a guy install a whirlybird-type vent in my roof.. those non-powered turbine types. Upon cutting the hole to install the vent, he accidentally cut a notch in the rafter: ). There are two ...
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What size beam do I need, and can I build one from lumber and steel?

I want to support a 20 ft. span of my roof where two roofs come together. My house is was originally 46'by 20'. A 40'by 12' addition was added, making an L shape, and when they put the beam in they ...
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Do you leave the heating cables for the roof/ gutter on 24 hours a day?

Do you leave electric heating cables for the roof/gutter on 24 hours a day?
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Name for Clerestory roof with windows at ridgeline?

I know the term "clerestory" can be applied to a variety of rooflines which permit windows above the normal top of the interior walls, but was wondering if there's a specific name for the version ...
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What is the lifespan of plywood as roof decking?

We have a 30 year old roof in New England, which we have begun to interview roofers for this spring/summer. The topic of plywood has come up and 2 have said we definitely need to replace the ...
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Fixing Animal Entry at the Roofline

After a raccoon finally left my attic, I had the roof repaired. The roofer pointed out a problem that has apparently existed since the house was constructed. As the first picture below shows, far back ...
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Doors will not open

I had a new roof put on about 2 weeks later my doors to the out side would not open? I think it has something to do with new roof at the same time my house started to sweat, the exterior walls were ...
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Coping stone mismatch on corner of roof causing water damage to my wall

I moved into my house 18 months ago and the back of my flat roof extension has drainage issues. You can see from the picture that the coping stones don't fit correctly on the corner (red circle) ...
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Leaking roof valley strategy

UPDATE: New album with additional photos here: http://imgur.com/a/RGfrP My parent's house has a pretty bad leak that has been going for a few years. Because of money and other issues with the house ...
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Roof trusses left out in rain, are they still good?

I experienced a house fire in May 2015. The house is undergoing a full gut job. The roof has to be completely replaced. Unfortunately, I hired the wrong contractor and they have been taking their ...
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Safely Driving Nails Into Roof

I am looking at a job where I will be driving nails into the apex of a roof to secure roof anchors. My concern is accidentally hitting an electrical line on the underside of the roof. Is this an ...
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What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?

What's the proper detail to apply membrane or tar paper to an inside roofing corner, where a sloped roof meets a higher wall at a corner? Of course a metal flashing goes on top of of the membrane, and ...
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Keeping heating wires secured to roof during snow removal

I have heating wires on my roof but still got bad ice dams the first winter I lived here. This caused leaking and I got my roof repaired. The 2nd year I used a roof shovel and heating elements. That ...