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Should I pre-built rafter units, or build them in-place?

I'm planning a small roof - 12' x 16', gable style. Almost all the rafters will identical. Should I build rafter units ahead of time? 2 rafters + a ceiling joist + plywood gussets. I'd make a simple ...
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Can you use plywood as roofing?

I've seen buildings where plywood was used as both wall sheathing and siding. T-111 is commonly used this way, for example. Would it work to do the same thing on a roof? I assume it wouldn't last ...
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Is installing a gable fan worth the investment?

We have 2 gable vents in our roof (approx 2' high or so), one at either end, and upon inspection it does not appear that there is really enough overhang in the roof for soffits. I still have to ...
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What could cause water to not go into the gutters?

I recently installed vinyl gutters around the roof of my house, but after the first rain I discovered that the gutter doesn't seem to be catching a lot of the water. Much of the water seems to be ...
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How do you calculate if it's worth it to insulate?

We live just north of NYC, and the house was built in 1906. We're putting on a new roof and trying to figure out if it's worth it to insulate too. It's a cathedral ceiling on the inside, and we do ...
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How do you install zinc strips in a roof without creating leaks?

This article gives instructions for installing zinc strips at the ridgeline to inhibit moss. This picture shows nails through the zinc strip: It looks like they have nailed through the zinc in to ...
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Is it possible to collect rain water from a roof for drinking use?

For a re-roofing or new build, I was pondering the possibility of capturing and purifying water for drinking use. Are there good examples of this? What roofing materials should be used or avoided? ...
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Mould on the inside of a bitumen corrugated sheet

Attached to the end of our house is a small shed. It has four (newly built) brick walls and a bitumen corrugated sheet roof. The shed was finished about eight months ago and is fairly waterproof. ...
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What do I need to do to finish a roof with exposed rafters on a shed

I have a shed as pictured that had never been finished completely. As such the shed has a lot of dust debris, etc getting in that should not be. What do I need to do to finish the shed. Should I be ...
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Wind Mitigation

I live in Jacksonville, FL and my insurance premium went up by about $500/yr. I was told that the biggest reason was because my house isn't up to current code for hurricane/wind mitigation. I'm a ...
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Do I need soffit vents for my knee wall attic?

I purchased a 55 year old home that has no soffit vents. The attic space consists of a knee wall attic space and peak attic space. The peak attic space has vents at each end and a ridge vent at the ...
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How do we keep a porch with a fiberglass roof cool?

We have a clear fiberglass roof on our enclosed porch. We just recently put it in. Sun pounds in and by afternoon in the summer, it is SO hot in there. We used to just open the windows and it would ...
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What kind of vent is pictured here and what are its uses?

While my roof was being replaced, I requested that they install two roof vents. One for laundry and one for bathroom fan. They installed two of these. I just tried connecting the bathroom fan to this ...
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Can I repair damage caused by a roof leak myself? [closed]

To fix the exterrior wall, inside the wall and interrior wall can I have friends who are builders help me or do I have to go with a contractor? Also do I need a building permit for this. I had my ...
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How can I lengthen my vent stack and are there any negative effects in doing so?

I have observed that when we receive a lot of snow here in Ontario, at least one of the drain vents on my roof is covered by snow. While after one winter in the house I have not yet observed any ...
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How do I install roofing material on a roof with a ridge vent?

I am helping a friend repair his roof; his roof has a roof vent at the peak of the roof. I've done a few roofs, but never with a roof vent. So any help in how you roof with a roof vent? I assume ...
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How can I find the source of a leak?

We have a lead lined, concave roof on a bay window. The roof itself has a small drain. Inside the house, below the bay window we have a small leak that occasionaly appears when it rains. I have ...
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How do I fix a leak in this roof?

A few days ago we had a good amount of rain that fell over a 36 hour period. During this time, a leak showed its ugly face. I got up into the attic, found the water stream and traced it back outside ...
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How do I close off attic vents?

First of all, I'm clueless when it comes to DIY so forgive my amateur lingo and general clueless attitude. I'm still learning, be patient with me. My wife and I bought a house on the sunny island of ...
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How do I use an extension ladder to get onto my roof?

I have a two storey house and need to get onto the roof to apply some heat paint on my furnace exhaust pipe before winter. It looks about 20-22' from the ground to the edge my eaves, so to be safe I ...
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What should I do about water dripping into my smoke detector from the attic after a heavy rain?

I live in the Midwest of the United States, and we not-too-rarely get a large amount of rain coming down at one time both in the spring and sometimes in the fall. Last night was no different (aside ...
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How to introduce more run into roof?

I have a 16'x20' deck roof that is attached to my garage on one side and (3) 4"x4" posts on the other side. The rise over the 16 feet is about 2 inches which is not enough for the water to get off ...
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Should we replace shingles that are curling and losing the asphalt coating before winter hits?

I don't know how long ago this roof was shingled, but we've noticed that the asphalt shingles, in two patches, have begun to curl and lose their grit. Even after a late summer of fierce rain, at ...
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Which flat roofing system requires the least maintenance?

I am a board member of my townhouse homeowners association and our townhomes are unfortunately very tall (need a lift or 60 ft ladder to access the roofs) and also the builder made the roof one single ...
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Does a device exist that can help find the source of a leak in a flat roof?

My Dad has a flat roof over his garage. It's covered with tar and felt. We had an unusually hard and cold winter last year (Republic of Ireland) and since then the roof has developed a leak. We've ...
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Can a gambrel roof have outer instead of inner supports?

I have built some of the "arches" for a gambrel roof, I know support is needed so the roof doesn't collapse. Is it reasonable to run twin metal straps around the roofing diagonally on the outside for ...
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Do I need soffit vents when I have 2 gable vents and 5 normal peak vents?

We are in southeast Idaho, have a plain simple gable roof on a 1,050 square foot floor house; the roof's pitch is not great, probably 3 or 4/12 but normal for our area. We have 1 vent at each gable ...
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How do I properly install underlayment and a modified bitumen roof on a flat garage roof with concrete walls?

My project is to replace 18'x10' flat roof on my concrete garage. So far I installed 16" oc framing and 3/4" plywood over it. Now I am planning to install some fiberglass based underlayment (#30, ...
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Can I tear down a roof with a torch? [closed]

Can my friends and I use a torch gas cutter to cut into the roof, and dismantle everything by sections? I imagine there will be some concrete layering underneath and such.
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How is installing roof sheathing horizontally stronger than vertically?

Prompted by a comment in this answer: What is better for a roof, plywood or OSB? Why is it stronger to install roof sheathing horizontally? Yes, it ties in more rafters, but in what manner is that ...
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What is better for a roof, plywood or OSB?

While watching the builders next door do their thing, I became curious with their technique to install plywood on edges neighboring the next townhouse, and OSB for the rest (which for these narrow ...
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How do I nail plywood to flat roof framing?

I am putting some 3/4 plywood on top of 2x6 framing joists on my flat garage roof. The framing is spaced 16oc. I figured that I place 4x8 plywood sheets in such way that their short edge will be ...
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How can I modify this dryer vent cap to keep lint from getting trapped?

As mentioned in this question I installed this dryer vent cap on my roof As you can see, there is a gap between the flashing and the cap, presumably to let water out if it gets in. This is ...
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Is a roof made out of glass viable?

I have thought about that if I am ever going to build a single floor house this is what I would do. I would make the whole roof out of glass (like a greenhouse). This glass roof would be made out of ...
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How do I fix a leaking skylight?

I have a skylight on a shingles roof. I don't know much about the skylight as it was installed by a previous owner, but every year, at the beginning of the rainy season, the skylight leaks. And every ...
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How do I approach new water stains on my ceiling?

I am a brand new home owner with almost no experience with DIY stuff. There was a few days of significant rain and now my wife noticed some stains on our 2nd floor ceiling that we are pretty sure ...
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Are 38mmx72mm roof trusses sufficient for a 6m span?

My roof truss timbers are 38mm x 72mm on 600mm centres with a 6m span. What's that in good old inches? It seems a little skimpy to me; is this normal for a modern house? I am trying to do a rough ...
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Is it better to vent a bathroom fan out the soffit, the side of the house, or the roof?

Working on a friend's house, we're installing a bathroom fan. He had planned to vent the fan out the closest soffit, which is only a few feet away. I'm trying to persuade him to vent it out the roof ...
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I need to get up on roof anyway, so what should I inspect while I'm up there?

I noticed a filthy tree rat (squirrel) poking its head out from a hole in my gutter leaf guards today. Gotta get up on the roof to clean and repair that mess. Since I'm two stories up already, what ...
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My house is nearing 20 years, what will break soon?

Okay, I recently learned that most appliances/things start breaking once the house reaches around 20 years. I'm running 19 now. From what I have heard, roof (although mine is apparently a 30 year ...
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How can I check for possible damage after water leaking into loft chimney?

I had a loose tile on the roof in front of the chimney breast and noticed that in the loft the internal chimney breast was a bit damp. Since then had it repaired (i.e. the tile tapped down and the ...
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How to repair cracks in concrete overhang over entrance

I have a slab of concrete over the front entrance of my house with some serious cracks in it. I don't actually know what the proper name for it is, which makes this difficult to Google - so I've ...
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What are the pros/cons of Ondura for roofing?

I came across Ondura in Lowes this morning and had never heard of it. It looks pretty slick. Does anyone have experience with it to share? I found no matches when searching here and was sort of ...
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How to replace facia boards?

What are the essential steps to replacing facia boards without destroying the existing shingle roofing?
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How to plan for the future when installing a new roof?

We're hiring a contractor to take off the existing roof, repair/replace any rotted sheathing and rafters, and install a new roof. We've also asked that they add a new plumbing vent stack for a new ...
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Does this 2x4 support my gable ridge?

I'm installing a floor in my attic. To open up the space and simplify the flooring I'm removing temporary construction bracing. Most of the bracing is easy to identify, since it clearly does not ...
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Service mast too short

I've read that the service mast on the roof should be 12-18 inches high. The one we have is a lot shorter than that. Does that pose any safety issues? We recently purchased the house, and the previous ...
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Bathroom vent terminates to attic not outside.

Bathroom vents terminates to attic. The Inspector recommended that it terminates to the outside. What is the best way to do this. Should I just place the bathroom vent next to the roof vent opening. ...
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Is translucent fiberglass roof cooler or hotter than opaque roof

We are building a roof over garden table: sort of like a pergola with roofing. We are using OSB panels for insulation and fiberglass roofing sheets for weather protection. We already chose translucent ...
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Securing our roof against possums [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Animal in the attic (possibly a raccoon) We have just finished a major renovation of our house. Since complete, a possum has taken up residence in our roof. ...