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Old 03-01-2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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Upon getting a bid for the siding repair on this house we're purchasing, one of the contractors (aside from giving us an 83,000 dollar bid for siding) recommends installing a cricket at the butterfly joint in the roofs. (garage roof eave tied into house roof eave to create a covered walkway into the house.

Can someone explain to me what a 'cricket' is and how one would 'install' one and if it is even a DIY project?

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Old 03-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #2
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83,000 dollars is a lot of siding, The only cricket I am familiar with in roofing is where the slope of the roof meets an obstruction like a chimney they build a small structure from the chimney to the roof to keep water from getting trapped behind chimney. there may be other kinds of crickets but I am not a roofer or nailbanger

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Chimney cricket:
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Sometimes called a 'saddle'.
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Basically it's to keep water from sitting on the back side of the chimney then?

They must be custom made then i'm assuming?
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Yes, to keep water, leaves, snow & other debris from building up
This prevents leaks
Each one is is custom made for the chimney - as far as I know
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thats a nice cricket- yours dave?
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No, not mine - off the web
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My 'butterfly joint' is probably 30' long at least.

I'm assuming something like this will have to be made out of lumber. Is this something a roofer would do, or better to hire a contractor to frame it and then get a roofer to come in after?
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Depending on the skill of the roofer, he may be able to frame it on and do both. However, if it is large, I would hire a carpenter to do the framing and a roofer to do the roofing.

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