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Adding sheathing under a concrete tile roof

I have a concrete tile roof that has just the skip sheathing. Its common to get squirrels nesting up there because there is nothing there to prevent them from coming in through the eaves. Is it ...
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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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Retrofitting drip edges with a wooden spacer?

I'm preparing to install gutters, but I've noticed that rain just flows down my fascia boards. I anticipate having a problem with water going behind the gutters. I saw this Q&A, but the solution ...
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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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Completely waterproof top of deck/shed (would TigerPaw work?)

I have a deck at my front door. I have made it so that below the deck is a shed. I am having trouble water proofing the top of the deck. I have seen many things on the internet to have something under ...
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Tips for nailing aluminum fascia cover

I noticed the other day while replacing some shingles that the aluminum covering my fascia board was bent a bit. I think part of the problem was I sparingly used the soffit nails to attach it, and ...
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Should there be waterproofing between the rim joist and ledger on new construction?

My new house is being built with a deck and I noticed that the framer has fastened the ledger directly to the rim joist without any sort of waterproofing between. The sheathing which is Zip system ...
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Is this a condensation problem or. A roof leak problem?

Noticed a water spot on my unused bathroom ceiling. Crawled into the attic And found this is right below the sewer vent. In my kitchen there is another similar stain right around another drain ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I temporarily fix rotted soffit, fascia, and vented panels?

There are very large openings in my soffit/fascia/vented panels that allow water, bird and insects in. I don't have any woodworking skills, and I'm old and financially not able to repair it properly ...
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Should this roof be fixed now (shingles)?

My wife and I just bought a house, and it looks like the previous owners did a partial repair job on the roof. Shingles on the front of the house look OK, but the back not so much. I see some granules ...
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Where new roof shingles meet old, how to fix poor seal?

So about 6 years ago we had all the shingles in our house replaced. Last year we added on a room to the house, and luckily they were able to find and use the same shingles on the addition. However, I ...
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Should roofing nails be visible in the attic?

I have a colonial built in 1913 and I live in NYS. My roof was just completed today and I have exposed nails across the entire roof! It was not like this before. When I asked the contractor about ...
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Should a roof drip edge be placed above or below roofing felt?

I'm confused... I've seen two conflicting sources of information describing how a roof drip edge should be installed. One source (Ask This Old House), states that a drip edge should be placed above ...
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Ok to roof-over in the rain?

A buddy and I will be installing a second layer of composite shingles over the old ones already on my roof. Should we consider doing any of this in the rain?
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What kind of patio flooring is safe to use on top of a rubber-treated balcony?

I have a balcony that is treated with rubber, it looks similar to a rubber roof to me, as is shown in the picture below. I am wondering if the IKEA SKOGHALL decking can be used safely with it: it ...
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Will using portable heaters in the attic during heavy snow help melt it?

If I use garage-type heaters in the attic during the winter, will this help keep snow and ice off the roof?
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Low-slope roofing

I bought a house a year ago and the section above the mudroom started leaking, so I had to tarp it. I am looking to reroof / roof-over the entire thing later this year, and I've done some research and ...
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Lift existing roof frame to replace top logs in log home

We have a log house with a 12/12 pitch roof. This summer we're planning to take off all the old asbestos tiles and leave the existing roundwood framing and put in new tiles of some kind, or metal ...
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How to lay of underlayment for a cedar shingle roof

I am planning on re-rroofing a tool shed with cedar shingles. I always thought it would be a simple job of laying the #15 underlayment (tar paper) over the sheathing (or 1 x 3s) in overlapping layers ...
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Low slope roof (2:12) - acceptable for metal roofing?

I'm designing a garage for my backyard and I want to obscure my view as little as possible. I've read that asphalt shingles aren't great on a 2:12 slope, so I'm just planning on using metal roofing. ...
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What (animal?) made a 0.75" diameter hole through my asphalt shingles?

Something made a tidy 3/4" diameter hole through my 8-year old 3-tab composite roof shingles. (~45 deg pitch, if it matters) I suspect it was a woodpecker (they used to go at the side of the house, ...
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Neighbour left ladder tied to roof [closed]

My neighbour did some roof work 4 months ago and has left a ladder section on the roof, it's tied at the top round chimney stack and the bottom of ladder is tied around guttering. We are exposed to ...
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How do I tie a new roof in to an existing roof with a pitch transition?

I added a room to the side of my house, and the new roof goes onto the existing roof. I am almost done roofing it. The image below depicts the current status. I put roofing felt down under the two ...
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Where to locate heat tape within gutter

Our recently purchased home has de-icing cable and we rely on it to prevent ice dams and water intrusion (had a couple of wet spots last winter). It was not a professional installation. I called to ...
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Truss Spacing and Sheathing Type

We are putting a new roof on our house (framing and all). The engineer sent me three prints with different truss spacing (16",19.2" and 24" OC). For obvious reasons, I would prefer to use the 24" ...
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osb - Do I start the first sheet 5/8" out from edge?

I am putting on a flat roof on a building that is 24 x 44 block. The roof consists of : top and bottom sill plate, face plate, 9 - 4x4 treated posts for support, 2x10x12 joist every 16" on center with ...
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Ways to Safely Repair 45 Degree Pitched Roof without Jacks?

What methods can a person use to safely repair a roof that is slanted at a 45 degree (or greater) angle without using Roof Jacks? Is there anyway it is possible for a person to safely walk on such a ...
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Should I replace my roof myself?

I have just bought a house from the 40s. It is an Art Deco style place that used to have a flat roof but has had a pitched iron roof added some time in the 60s. One of the conditions of sale from the ...
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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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How do I remove surface rust from a metal roof?

I am buying a house that requires some minor modifications. One of them is a recommendation to remove a small area of surface rust on a metal roof. I'm interested in the best way to achieve this.
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rotting a roof without proper venting

I'm considering buying a shed and making a small cabin out of it but i have a concern about the roof. I can have a choise of shingle or metal roof. On conventional houses air is vented from the lower ...
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What should I do about shingles that are stuck to the sheathing?

I'm so pleased to find this diy.stackexchange. I'm in the middle of replacing a small roof above an entry-way. It is an area of about 100 square feet (9.3 square meters). The top layer of shingles ...
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Free standing shed with single plane roof

My shed/summerhouse build will be around 3m by 4m give or take. if I build it with a single plane roof, or shed roof. Will this put considerable load on the lower wall holding up the roof. The shed ...
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roof planking damp

I went into the attic today to check for leaks. In Chicago area this week we have had extremely cold and snowy weather and now rain. I had the roof replaced 3 1/2 years ago down to planking. I now ...
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Hangman's Noose vs Uni Knot

Is there any practical difference between the Hangman's Noose and the Uni Knot (a.k.a. Duncan loop)? The difference I see between the two is that the coils are wound inside the loop in the uni knot ...
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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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How do I improve the insulation in a vaulted ceiling?

I live in a twenty year old Florida condo quadplex. The upstairs ceilings are two by four trusses of a mansard roof. I have replaced the ac, wall insulation, ducts. An IR thermometer shows huge heat ...
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When is the best time to install solar tubes in relation to a new roof?

My roof will need to be replaced next year, perhaps a complete tear-off. I'm also considering installing one or more solar tubes. I'm thinking it would be wise to wait for a new roof before installing ...
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Are torch-on-roofs the best solution for a low pitched roof?

I have a low pitched metal roof and it is leaking. The roofer I spoke with says to stop the leaks they need to tear the metal off, put down plywood, and use a torch-on-roof system of roofing. He said ...
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How do I cap a T junction on a roof ridge?

My house's roof-ridge joins a small barn at the center of the barn's roof-ridge forming a "T". The barn does not have a vent cap. Metal flashing was used on both valleys where the house roof meets ...
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Are alternative roofing types, such as rubber roll, usable for a typical residential sloped roof?

I'm wondering specifically, if rubber-roll roofing, such as this can be used on a sloped roof. Or maybe if there is something akin to the stretch-and-seal tape but in large sheets that would be ...
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Is it normal for there to be tar showing from under some shingles on a roof?

I just had a new roof put on and my wife and I noticed that there are some sections of shingle that show tar like if too much tar was used. Can this be fixed?
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When is it time to replace the roof?

I've read several some of the guides out there (examples here and here) on this topic. I've found a shingle in the yard a couple times (after heavy wind/rain), and at times I've seen a few granules ...
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Will combining roof venting systems cause short cycling?

I'm looking into buying a new house here in Wisconsin that has soffit vents, ridge vents and some additional static roof vents installed. However, when the home inspector came through he said that ...
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What should I do if I'm unsatisfied with my recent roof replacement?

I had my roof replaced this past summer . The old roof was torn off and new insulation and a whole new roof. It is a flat roof, new plywood and two layer torch on, on a 12x60 mobile home . The roof ...
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What is the minimum roof slope to accommodate rainwater drainage?

I have a patio with a 13ft(4m) by 26ft (8m) Roof, the slope runs vertically down the short (13ft) side.. and the height difference from the high point to the low point is only about 10in (25cm). ...
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What size ceiling joists and rafters should I use for a 14' span?

I'm going to build a single story addition to my home with a width of 14ft. I plan on using ceiling joists every 16" but I'm not sure which size to get. The roof will be asphalt shingles and the attic ...
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How much sag on a roof is acceptable?

I have minor sagging of my roof plywood, 3/8" thick, placed on trusses 24" apart. Is there an amount of sag that is technically okay? I could not find anything on the APA website. I am not worried ...