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Exhaust fixture for venting bathroom fan through roof

I'm planning to install a roof vent for a bathroom exhaust fan I'm putting in. I'm thinking about using one of these: but I was wondering if I need to worry about it getting blocked by ice or snow? ...
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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 avoid condensation issues with an insulated garage roof?

Yesterday it was raining (slight overexaggeration of course) :-) inside my garage... Hood of the car was covered with nasty orange water spots. It's an attached garage. There's no garage "ceiling" ...
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Conservatory Roof

Our conservatory roof is made from Everlite. The problem we have is that where the roof runs into the drain is constantly filling up with soil, stones and moss. I have no idea where it's all coming ...
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Ideas/Advice for my Roof Rebuild

I need some advice about drawing up blueprints for a new roof on our house. Thanks to some shoddy workmanship on an addition before we bought the house we need to completely remove the existing roof ...
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How can I add more insulation to this roof?

We've recently leased an office in a tropical climate and I am trying to figure out the best way to increase the insulation in the building. So far I've researched: spray insulation (options are ...
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Can you extend rake edge on existing gable?

I have a barn on my property with a decent roof - (shingles look good and may have another 5-8 years on them). The rake edge on the gable, however, is perfectly flush with the sides of the barn, NO ...
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Gable and Roof Vents Together?

I need to add some additional exhaust venting to my attics, along with some along the soffit as well. I need some knowledge on a few things as I can't seem to find answers for them on the interwebs: ...
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Is this the correct way to vent my roof?

We recently bought a 1950s vintage house with no soffits, i.e. no roof overhang. Thus there are no soffit vents in my attic, only a ridge vent and 2 gable vents, one with a powered fan. However, those ...
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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 best seal this gutter to the flat rubber roof of my garage?

I have a standalone garage built into the side of the hill. On top is a rubber roof that appears to be in decent shape. However, there is a gutter around the edges that is not sealed to the roof. ...
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Why should I repair/replace roof just because it's old?

My roof is old. Shingles are worn down, some are torn, and there are some nails coming through some shingles. I'm being told by some contractors there for other reasons that my roof needs immediate ...
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Proper method to send wiring through the roof?

I'm planning on a security camera install. All of the connections will start from the 2nd floor and go to some cameras on exterior at the ground level. The 1st floor has a roofed deck that extends out ...
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What can I use as dog kennel roofing?

I have a 10' x 10' chain link kennel (standard round tube). I'm looking at roofing options, and all of the kennel covers that I've found so far are tarps. I have concerns over the durability and snow ...
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Help translate terminology relating to flat roof construction

I just bought a house which had an extension done 12 years ago. I am about to do some work in this area and want to understand what has been done before. Below is a screen shot of the bits of the ...
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something similar to zip ties? (heavy duty)

I have a dog kennel and framed roof with a tarp. Traditional bungee straps for the tarp have too much give and stretch out over time. Additionally, any snow load causes the tarp to deform and dump ...
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Installing roof truss diagonal bracing: splice plate where braces cross?

I'm looking at installing diagonal bracing to my roof trusses as described on page 77 of the document at http://www.dwbgroup.co.uk/files/8013/5284/7141/Gang_Nail_Trussed_Rafter_Manual.pdf but am ...
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Best/Most Affordable Material to use for Long Rafter

I am getting ready to put a new roof on our house (changing the structure and all) and I am wondering what the best and most affordable kind of lumber or material is for the job. I need to span a 26' ...
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How far apart should I space rafters for a 13ft patio?

I'm looking to build a patio roof (shed style) and need to span 13ft. I've found several span tables online, some of them with different maximum distances between the rafters. Is it ok to use 2x8s ...
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Is it code-compliant to attach a patio to the roof like this?

I want to attach a patio cover to my house. Trouble is the clearance between the window and the roof rafters is too small for a ledger. I was considering the option of attaching to the roof top like ...
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How do I find the source of a slow leak in a roof that has been repaired?

We have had a slow leak for 20 years. The roof has been replaced. We still have the leak, so how do we find the leak?
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Where to find glass 'support' requirements?

Where could I go about finding the maximum safe span of a pane of glass for a specific width? I.e. say you had two rafters, X meters apart, with glazing bars, supporting a pane of toughened glass ...
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Patio cover advice

I plan to build a patio cover sometime soon. It will be my first large project with lumber. I am primarily a model maker and am looking to expand my skills and expertise. When I moved into the house, ...
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Can a “tired” tarboard roof be updated without replacing it altogether?

I have a cheaply built wooden cottage in an arid climate with occasional rain during the winter. The roof consists of planks with tarboard nailed on top. The planks appear to be in poor condition ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of elastomeric coatings versus shingles?

I'm ready to reroof my house and want to consider an elastomeric coating rather than replacing the existing shingles. I'd use a local contractor either way
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Owens Corning Duration vs. GAF Timberline

Is anyone familiar with the Owens Corning Duration (Driftwood) and GAF Timberline HD roofs (Weathered Wood). They are similar in color but one has more variance of color (OC) and don't know how it ...
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How can we be sure the hooks for a porch swing go into joists in our covered roof?

We want to install a drainage roof over our existing patio and hang a porch swing from it. What is best, to hang the swing's I-hooks first or put the roof on first? Our patio is underneath our ...
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How can I reduce the amount of dirt in my attic without affecting its ventilation?

Our house is a 1930's suburban build on the outskirts of London, UK. It has its original roof complete with massive gaps between the roof tiles and no felt. While this does provide great roof ...
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Dormers with ridge vents lower than main ridgeline

My roof contractor placed ridge vents on all peaks on my home, including the dormers. So, I have the main attic space, which is vented by a ridge vent running the entire length. I have plenty of ...
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Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod

I have a cape cod style home, pictured below. The second story living space on the back side of the home is created by having a lower pitched roof. So, the front and back sides of the roof have ...
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Leaking roof/ceiling

We had a new roof put onto our kitchen extension because water marks were appearing on the ceiling. For a year, this seemed to stop any further water coming through. in the past week or so more ...
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From metal roof to composite shingles, mold and water issues?

So we had our roof replaced in 2007 from a ribbed metal roof to a comp roof. We also live in Washington State in a gambrel roofed home with no duct work and about a 4' by 12' attic. During the tear ...
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Can a false ceiling improve insulation?

My new house has a very small kitchen which is actually an extension of the house with its own roof. I suspect its roof insulation is old and not effective, because this kitchen is quite cold (12 ...
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How should the gutters be installed on a huge gable dormer?

I have a situation similar to this photo (except my "dormer" is 24 feet long), focusing on the upper gutter: I think it makes the most sense to catch rain/debris from a roof valley in the main gable ...