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How should the top edge of an asphalt shed-type roof be finished?

Our contemporary house has a shed roof that is finished with a layer of aluminum flashing nailed through the top course of shingles. The flashing turns down and just covers the top edge of the ...
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Can I put roof sheathing on vertically instead of horizontally?

I would like to put my roof sheathing on vertical instead of horizontal. It will be an 18 by 12 patio. Rafters are 2 x 6; 16 in on center. It will be 1/2" in plywood which will be visible from below
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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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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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How to calculate steel beam and posts size to replace existing wood beam in terrace

I have a covered terrace that extends 10' out (West) from the house towards the yard/pool and has a width/span of 32'. The current beam is made up of (2) 2x6 in wood placed side-by-side functioning ...
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How should I stop condensation on my roof that's leaking into my home?

Condensation in my attic causes frost which melts on warm days and leaks through my ceilings. I plan to add more insulation this spring. I have installed a bathroom ceiling fan to help with moisture. ...
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Optimize insulation cost / benefit

I have roof made by scheme from images. Both should be same, just different angle. I have 20cm of space yet to fill. How can I calculate conductivity in W/m2K if i fill missing 20cm of space with 20cm ...
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Heating Coils on a metal roof section

I have a metal edging on my roof in an area about 4 wide. Can I run heating coils over this metal section of the roof,because it seems to be an area that has ice dams. Presently I have a coil above ...
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How can I add insulation above my finished ceiling?

What is the cheapest option for adding insulation above a finished ceiling? There has never been any in the spot that I need it. Should I take the roof off or have it sprayed in? The space is 20 feet ...
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Is there a tool that will crimp close the end the ribs on a metal roofing panels?

I saw a building that had the exposed bottom edge of the ribs in the metal roofing panels crimped closed so bugs couldn't craw or fly up them. It was very neat/professional looking as if it had been ...
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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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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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Is it possible to install soffits from inside of the attic?

Is it possible to install soffits on the inside? I requested a quote from someone to unblock or install more soffit vents and on the quote he wrote " more vents install by soffit". He made no ...
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German tile roof installed using dowels

During a trip to Germany many years ago, I saw workers replacing broken red tiles. I was surprised to see them turn some sort of crank, and the whole line of roof tiles, hooked to some sort of dowel, ...
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Flow rate of water in gutter system

I am attempting to build a waterfall out of a gutter system. I currently have an awning that is 72" by 48" with 3" high (tentatively) buffers on each side to keep the water from flowing off. The ...
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concrete and slate roof has started to leak

I have a house with a concrete roof with slates stuck on it (probably using gypsum). The roof is pitched, I would guess somewhere around 20 degrees. It has started to leak in a few locations. Can ...
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Extending the back of our house

We are going to be replacing our entire roof with a metal roof this summer. I was wondering if it would be possible to extend the back of our house before we put on the new roof. We would have to pour ...
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I need a blue print or measurements on how to build a barn roof

I am building a 16'x 16' shed and would like to get a blue print or mesuements on how to build a barn roof on the 16' shed
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How do I clean a white cement Spanish-type tile roof?

I have a white cement Spanish type tile roof that is very dirty. What is the best way to clean it? Can I power wash it?
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Fixing glass onto a porch roof

Ive made myself a fairly large porch area on the front and side of my house. Im in the UK but Ive always liked American style porches, so ive ended up with a porch that is 7.5m along the front and ...
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rain cover for basement steps

I'm making a plywood rain cover for basement steps. The area is 5' wide by 8 'long. The height will be 8'. I want to make concrete footings for the support posts. What size and width of hole for ...
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Where should the isolation be in a false ceiling?

I am building a false ceiling in plasterboard. I bought some boards for isolation. Where should this be installed? Should I put it next to the roof leaving a air chamber between the plasterboard and ...
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Repairing a gap under a eave.

Last night I heard scratching in the wall and upon investigation found that a squirrel had managed to knock loose a piece of wood (I assume as there was no covering to be found) in the eaves where one ...
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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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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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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 ...