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Old 04-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

So, back around winter, one of the corners of a skylight in my master bath started to collect a little water, and now I've noticed that the opposite corner is collecting water as well.

Talked to a friend, he said it would most likely be the 'flashing' around the skylight on the roof itself.

My question is, what's involved in replacing this? For an absolute amateur, is this an easy enough fix? Am I up there for a day with 400 lbs of equipment, or is it a couple hours with some clippers and a screwdriver? Just want to know if I should be considering a pro, or if this would be easy enough to learn myself, so I can take care of it in the future, as well.

Thanks a mil!

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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Best to get a new one and buy the flashing kit. This makes it fairly a DIY project.

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Old 04-03-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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Buy the whole kit and be done with it. They are fairly self explanatory.
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Putting in a new one would require removing shingles. Replacing the flashing likely would not.
Your call.
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For an absolute amateur, is this an easy enough fix?

Gord
Replacing a skylight is not something an absolute amateur should attempt IMO.
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You will have to take up shingles all the way around it to replace the flashing. I agree with getting the kit, and make sure you install the self adhering underlayment around it also. What brand is it? Hopefully it's a Vellux.

Get a kit and take a look at the instructions. See if you think you can do it by looking at that. If you decide to diy, don't be afraid to ask questions.
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It is easy as long as you remember and understand to work from the bottom up. Everything on top goes over what is on the bottom.
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The Velux skylight flashing kits are great. Especially for you, because the back pan is a complete "wrap-around" flashing. It covers the backside and wraps about 4 inches down the sides. Can be pricey, but so is replacing drywall and painting.
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If you can find a flashing kit, for the make of the skylight you have -
Try that route.
What works for one brand of skylight - may not work for another!
Even if you're going to just replace the flashing (and not, the skylight) -
You may have to remove some shingles.
You should use Ice & Water Shield up the curb of the skylight and onto
the roof - underneath the shingles.
This may not be the best "DIY" project, for someone to attempt.

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Greeting all:

I'm new to this forum - about to ask a question of my own but saw this heading and might have some thing to add.

To the OP - GordCooper - the water that you mention in the corners - is it inside the frame of the skylight by chance? If so, the seal between the glazing and the frame may have failed. I had this issue on one of my skylights. This skylight had what appeared to be an RTV bead between the glazing and the skylight frame as the seal. I unscrewed the perimeter cap and lifted up the glazing. On mine the inner glazing was plastic and the outer was glass. I bought a new (thicker) sheet of plastic for the inner (was begining to cloud after 22 years), cleaned the sealing surfaces and used RTV to seal the glass to the frame. I did this in December, a few years ago (it was below freezing but dry). No issues since.

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