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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 ...
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Ceiling leaks When it Rains, Roof Looks Good

My ceiling drips water sometimes when it rains (especially when it rains hard). It seems inconsistent though, so I think that it may have something to do with the angle at which the rain comes in. The ...
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Concerns about cutting into roof for attic access?

I've spoken with a contractor who proposes cutting a hole in the roof of our circa 1900 house to access the attic for installing insulation. This intuitively seems like a bad idea--that it could ...
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How effective to use zinc strip to prevent roof moss

I live in Seattle. My 6 years old composite shingles start to grow moss this year. I read one post on YouTube that you can use a long zinc strip placed on top of your roof to prevent moss. I am ...
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Ceiling wet at corner of chimney

Whenever it rains, the ceiling becomes wet at the corner of the chimney. I ASSUME it's just a small leak, but obviously I don't want it to become any worse. I have a flat roof, so getting up there ...
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Fascia lining modified bitumen roof

I have a low pitch modified bitumen roof. On the low side it has lumber fascia lining the walls underneath it. I need to replace that fascia because it is rotten and parts have holes for squirrels to ...
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Chimney crown repair - cover holes in bricks?

Getting ready to repair the chimney crown, using this Family Handyman article as a guide. On our chimney, there is a line of bricks around the crown that have exposed holes in them. The holes are ...
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How close to the roof can I drywall in my garage?

I'd like to drywall the entire garage ceiling and I have a tall peak in the roof near the back where the garage roof meets the house roof. I'd love to keep the high ceiling, make some high shelves or ...
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Are 2x4 rafters legal in Connecticut? 13 ft runs

so I bought a REO house and about to redo the roof above the garage. I've noticed that I need to replace some rafters. However - I'm seeing that rafter are 2x4... Is that code-legal? p.s. by 13 ft ...
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I do have a lot of ice and snow on the roof should I install an ice melting cables

I don't have ice damming but do have a lot of ice and snow on the roof should I install a ice melting cables?
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Which foam to use for temporary leak remediation?

I have a leak around a vent pipe in my attic. Unfortunately I cannot get someone out to fix it for several days, and we have a hurricane coming so I can only imagine the rain is going to get worse. ...
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False ceiling to cover the roof

What is the best way to install false ceiling in room with gaddar and rock slabs. Roof view
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How can I prevent/divert rain water from dripping on a flat flashing?

I'm helping maintain a set of townhome units and the homeowners are reporting an annoying drip sound just outside their bedroom when it lightly rains (which is quite often). Apparently the sound is ...
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South Florida roof softit roof ventilation and of insulation batts

I live in south Florida and am insulating the roof by placing batts between the rafters. I'm not sure if placing the batts up against the edge where the beams and walls meet is ok or not. The rafters ...
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Bathroom vent through existing roof vent

I have a roof with two gable vents as well as slanted vents that look a lot like these one: I do not want to install an extra vent specifically for bathroom so I was wondering if I could use one of ...
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Can fiberglass insulation cause leaks?

I've recently bought a 100 year old wood frame house from a DiY guy who took decent care of the place. He didn't put any insulation in the attic though and my home inspector said insulation is a great ...
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I have two roof drains, can I seal one of them?

My house has a flat roof and leaks, mostly directly underneath the drains. I've had problems with leaking around the drains since I've owned the house, mostly dripping, but over time it's turned ...
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possible to have too much soffit intake venting for roof/attic?

Is it possible to have too much soffit intake? Currently my simple gable roof on a ranch home has 8 RVO38 vents but NO soffit intake vents (terrible!). Of course the attic space runs incredibly hot ...
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Is it better to fill up the space between rafters with insulation, or put baffles on top and add soffit vents? (inland Los Angeles, cathedral ceiling)

I have 5.25" tall rafters, about 30" on center, with roof planks directly on top of them. I would like to keep the rafters visible, but add insulation between them. So I only have a few inches to work ...
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How can I keep animals out of my chimney?

I own a three story house with two chimneys. The chimney in the center of the house has two flue liners, one of which is used by our hot water heater and the other was for a fireplace that is sealed ...
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Ceiling water stains… roof appears fine

For the last 18 months i keep getting Water Stains in a 2nd floor bedroom and hallway. My handyman, and two roofers say the roof looks fine. I've had vents caulked but I've been unable to find the ...
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What type of caulk can I use between the furnace vent pipe & flashing on a roof?

Looking to seal a gap between my furnace's vent pipe & the flashing on the roof, specifically here: I'll have to check if there's a missing storm collar too, but should I use High-temp ...
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What should I do about nails that are protruding through the soffit?

Had new roof put on, but when I came home the nails had come through the soffit and split the wood and protrude. Roofer wants to clip off nail, and wood putty the wood. I don't think this is a good ...
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Roof Decking: Plywood/OSB over skip sheathing (decking) or should I strip to the rafters?

I have a shake roof (looks like the original from 1952!) with skip sheathing. Then an asphalt shingle re-roof over that (that makes 2 roofs in 60 years, thanks previous owners!). I have repairs and ...
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How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?

During heavy rain, the water collects from my second floor roof and runs onto the first floor roof as it should. The problem is that since all this water is now concentrated from the second floor ...
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Roof joists size and spacing

I am in process of building a 12'x16 lean to shed for a customer using (9) concrete peirs. 4x6 runners--16' long 2x6 floor joists 2x4 wall construction The roof slopes from the front to the ...
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Should I add another gable vent to my attic?

I have a long house with a 3 sq foot gable vent on the east end. I have two 6 ft long roof vents in the middle and I want to know if I should install another gable vent at the west end to increase ...
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Bringing unused chimney down below roof line?

I'm in the middle of renovating a balloon-framed house from the 1890's. The house is currently gutted. It originally had a standing-seam metal roof that was penetrated by a central chimney. At some ...
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Should I insulate my attic with a hot or cold roof?

I'm turning my 3rd floor attic into a usable space. It's a hip roof, 25' x 23', with one dormer. We just had new asphalt singles put on it and it was about 12 foot of ridge vent on the dormer / ...
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Leaking corrugated metal roof

I have a place that has a corrugated metal roof under a wood deck. It's a pretty large area, maybe 40' x 40'. When it rains, water leaks through some of the nails. What would be the simplest way to ...
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Galvanized Gutters Required For Dormer With Rubber Roof?

I have a long dormer and currently there is no gutter, water just runs off and is starting to seep into my basement. I got an estimate to install gutters on the dormer and the contractor said that ...
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Getting R38 in roof with 2x8 rafters

I was planning to use foil faced 2" polyiso plus an air gap, plus 5 1/2 rock wool, to get 13+3+23, or r39. But this is all between the rafters below the roof deck, and the polyiso is impermeable. If ...
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Do I need Attic Fan in Garage?

My garage is about 20" x 24" and I have made attic in the Garage by adding plywood, insulation & sheet-rock, It is nicely done and as soon I finish this project, i realize, i do not any ...
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Insulating a post and beam construction roof/cathedral ceiling

My house (built 1972) has a cathedral ceiling with post-and-beam construction in the main room. The ceiling temperature can get as high as 90F, or even greater on a very hot sunny summer day, as ...
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How do I protect and insulate a ceiling built against the roof?

My upper floor used to be a large attic. Sometime in the past the entire space was converted to living space: 2 bedrooms, 2 finished closets, and two unfinished storage "closets". Much of the ...
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Possibilities for shielding porch deck from rain

My porch is farmhouse style (low to ground, no railing), and fairly narrow. The (metal) roof is exactly as deep as the deck. One annoyance that I have is that when it rains, the water coming off the ...
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Reliability of stone granules on a steel roof

I am putting a new roof on my home. I am deciding between an aluminum roof, or a stone-granule coated, (Metro) galv-alum steel roof. I like the look of the Metro steel roof, but I am concerned that ...
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Is it economically reasonable to cool the roof by water evaporation

I want to estimate the outcome before going into hassle of installing the sprinklers/mist emitters. I have a place on the last floor, you can call it an attic, directly under a flat roof which is ...
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Should I fill in 15-20 nail holes in my roof underlayment? If so, how?

I goofed right off the bat when installing shingles for my garden office roof. I forgot to trim the rake of the first shingle in the starter strip. The net result is that it wasn't aligned properly. ...
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question on the roof structure of my garage

This is a follow-up question on how to carry 20ft lumbers to home. Thanks for the advices and comments. I learned a lot. :) Because the question is now diviated from the original question, I made a ...
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When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?

I'm getting ready to shingle a roof for a shed/outdoor office and I'm confused on if/when I should use plastic round cap roofing nails: I haven't seen these used in any instructions (including the ...