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Old 04-25-2010, 02:12 PM   #16
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Since the window itself should be flashed to the house it makes more sense to flash above the trim
I have never seen 2 sets of flashing & that would not look right

your opinionlook at the link the op provided

its all about layering and windows with a tap in flange should have a dripcap on the unit itself no matter what the trim detail is,and then the trim needs one...always

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Yeah - copper = $$
I could post a bunch of other links showing it with drip cap only over the trim
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I’m glad that’s the way he likes to do it but that's not industry standard.

Unless of course you’re a sales Rep.

Total overkill and expensive.
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In that video, you are relying on the sticky tape/housewrap seal against water. This is probably considered by some as "over-kill" also, but it won't leak: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...x?nterms=63740
I run my 5/4" metal flashing over the window head and continue over the side jamb tops, additional head trim flashing above. If you stop the window flashing at the window sides, you are directing the water down alongside the jamb/window, relying on caulking between two dissimilar materials- vinyl window/wood jamb trim.

"Yeah - copper = $$
I could post a bunch of other links showing it with drip cap only over the trim" ----- After 35 years installing windows, you get to know what leaks, what doesn't and prove your point with that site- from self experience - not others'.

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yea well...if industry standard.. whatever that is,is good enough for you ..well that's fine but your opinions are just that

expensive? for what?some copper or aluminum?that's a pretty ignorant comment considering the investment in windows

look again at the link...see how the one on the aAndersen with the tap in fin [which does NOT constitute a drip cap]is covered with a z shape and the one on the trim is a projecting type which will help deflect water away from the opening

and please with the ''how many years'' or ''how many you installed''that says nothing of any value to anyone

anyone on here that thinks they know everything is a fool

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55 year old house & 100 year old house
No rot around any of the tops or sides of the windows
And that was well before any flashing was used
Works for me
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well so what do you do tell people they don't need one because yours doesn't have any...don't be ridicules leaky windows are one of the most common post on here and if thats your standard reply,well maybe you shouldn't
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A properly flashed window does not need a drip cap
Would I install one without it, no
But putting 2 on is kinda stupid
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30lb ASTM Felt embedded into a bead of polyurethane caulk doesn’t leak either. Cost of treatment, about $2 per window.

Cost per window in video, $40-50.

Sticky Tape sticks fine if it’s sunny and 70 outside.

Try using it when it’s cold or wet out.

The house needs to be dried in “today” not next Spring.

Sticky Tape came on to the scene about 15 years ago.

How did we ever make windows not leak before that?

The internet world may never know.

There’s always going to be more than one way to achieve the same goal. Is your way better than mine? Of course it is, if that’s what your comfortable with, it works both ways. Which contractor is the better one? That’s easy, the one with no call backs. A lot of contractors say Winter is the slow time of year, living on the Coast it never slows down for me or anyone not afraid of rain gear. Winter brings in sideways rains and the “fix my leak” season has begun, so you get a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t. So you do it your way and I’ll do it mine. As long as the end result is the same, “who cares”.
 
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Perhaps you misunderstood me. I was answering Dave that two is way better than one. To rely on sticky tape or caulking is silly. The layers have to be in order. I should have said with my experience and remodeling similar work today that I installed 35 years ago, you see what worked and what didn't. I was showing Dave that if he knew how to seal a window properly, he would use the correct site to prove his point. Not to just say- there are posts that don,t show that.... Some posters have very limited experience, just an addition or two, to justify in their minds they know how to side, roof, trim, frame, etc. With no one to show or tell their errors and explain why or the proper way to complete it, they may feel they learned how.

I'm still learning, if one doesn't, he is wrong, or brain dead. Sorry you took my 35 years out of context for the wrong answer. I really don't see how or where I said "I know everything". I do have difficulty typing what I mean to say, as I'm thinking it.

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Hey why not just have a custom drip cap made that goes 12" up the wall
Problem solved
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My rant wasn’t as much pointed at anyone as it was at the video. Not that there was anything wrong with what the video had to say but that in today’s world if someone finds a link showing how to do something then it’s supposed to be believed as Gospel and this “is the way”. I don’t watch many internet video’s (dial up) but the home improvement ones I have, it seems like as much as their showing you how to do something they also have a product to sell.

I still see nothing to be gained by double flashing the head. I look at window trim as a extension of the window itself. The primary purpose head flashing is a place for water to escape and I did that when I flashed the trim and held up the siding a bit. I want to keep water as far away from the nail flanges as I can get. I want that trim caulked (face and blind) on all four sides and become part of the window. I’ve done repairs where the flashing over the window was the problem, water blowing in at the gap of the siding and finding it‘s way in. I also don’t like 5/4 trim, it’s to flush to the window making it difficult to do a good caulking job.

Just my opinion.

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