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Old 04-03-2009, 11:02 PM   #16
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I would demand that the vents be installed as you contracted them to be. And follow Ed's advise on using ones without know issues.
Yep Ed is simply amazing and some time I think how this fellow can get so many information in his such a small brain. He must be god gifted.

Mate just do as Ed is telling and you will never have any problem at all.

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Old 04-04-2009, 12:33 AM   #17
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Attic fan motors overwork during the day time hours, do not ventilate at night time, do not ventilate during the colder seasons and the motors burn out, as you have already discovered.

Ridge vent material and labor costs vary between $5.00 per lineal foot to $18.00 per lineal foot.

The proper sized nails should be used and very few brands are low profile enough to use a roofing nail gun which has a maximum size of 1 3/4" nail.

A 2 1/2" hand nail is preferred, but you can get away with a 2 1/4" hand nail.

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So I take it you don't like attic fans?I find them very useful in certain situations.I'd give you an example but I know you probably already thought of it.lol.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:27 AM   #18
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So I take it you don't like attic fans?I find them very useful in certain situations.I'd give you an example but I know you probably already thought of it.lol.
Hip roofs John?

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Old 04-05-2009, 05:46 PM   #19
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Ok guys, I measured the house in various places to come up with 78 linear feet of ridge on the roof. From what I can see on neighbors roofs, the ridge vents dont go all the way to the ends of the gables. Walking around the house, I have a total of 5 ridges, one has a gable on the front and rear of the house. The others have blind ends inside the house, if that makes sense. I could post some pictures if its necessary.

For example, if the ridge vent doesnt go to the very ends of each ridge, perhaps a foot shy, then that would subtract 10 feet from the 78 linear feet of ridge. Would the estimate only cover the actual feet of material used, or the total feet of ridge?

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:04 PM   #20
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Just the material used
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:10 PM   #21
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Ok, so based on $5-$18 per linear foot, times 68 linear feet, the cost of the ridge vent, installed, could be from $340-$1224?
Does that seem correct?
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:14 PM   #22
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I like having an overide switch on an attic fan
Normal operation is on thermostat
Flip a switch & constant on
Makes it easy to cool the attic off at night
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Ok guys, I measured the house in various places to come up with 78 linear feet of ridge on the roof. From what I can see on neighbors roofs, the ridge vents dont go all the way to the ends of the gables. Walking around the house, I have a total of 5 ridges, one has a gable on the front and rear of the house. The others have blind ends inside the house, if that makes sense. I could post some pictures if its necessary.

For example, if the ridge vent doesnt go to the very ends of each ridge, perhaps a foot shy, then that would subtract 10 feet from the 78 linear feet of ridge. Would the estimate only cover the actual feet of material used, or the total feet of ridge?

Thanks guys!
To make the ridgevent look uniform it should go right to the ends.You just don't cut out the slots to the end.
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So I take it you don't like attic fans?I find them very useful in certain situations.I'd give you an example but I know you probably already thought of it.lol.
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Hip roofs John?

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Don't look so confused. A little side discussion was all.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:59 AM   #27
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The contractor came back and installed the ridge vent.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:20 PM   #28
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I am confused after reading about Rigid vents. Iwas thinking about installing a Cobra Rigid vent3. I live in Austin Tx it gets very hot here in the summer over a hundred, but we also have high winds & sometimes mixed with rain. I do not want any problems that I do not have at present. Espically with rain in the Attic. Should I just forget the rigid Vent idea? clement lopez
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:20 PM   #29
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I've seen shingle vent II leak......It leaked bats....ya, the little hairy rats with wings. Storm chaser applied it and went on his way. We tore it off and threw it away gladly. Had a few that leaked also that we replaced (those may have been older shingle vent). We replaced it with Omni, which is the only ridge vent we use besides Cobra. Omni flows better though.
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When you do get in touch with your roofer, ask him what type of ridge vent was put on. If he says it is a Cobra vent , you will not even know it's there. This is where shingles are placed over the opening in the ridge but a gap still exsists to allow air flow out of the house.
this type of venting is used for very tall ceilings and great rooms where there is no attic above it. The tar paper under it is also folded over the roof ridge differently that a regular type ridge vent.
We found this out from the builder who used it on a house we are under contract to buy.
Good luck on yours. Don't pay them anything more until you find out what they did and until they finish the job. Speaking from first hand experience on that one!





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Hello folks,

We are going through some remodeling on our exterior. The siding was damaged during a storm and the insurance company is paying for the siding. The contractor doing the siding gave us what seemed like a good price on the roof and we decided to get it all done at once. The roof estimate clearly states "remove existing attic fan and seal hole. add ridge vent." The roof crew came out yesterday and replaced the roof. When they were finishing up, I walked around to take a look and noticed the attic fan still there. I asked the guy who seemed to be in charge. He told me they install the materials provided unless told otherwise and no ridge vent material was there when they showed up, so they had no idea we were supposed to have one. They were also one box of shingles short of finishing the job. I called the contractor first thing in the morning and left a message asking about the ridge vent/attic fan, and told him that they were a few shingles short and it was supposed to rain today. I didnt hear back from him yet, but when I got home from work the roof was complete, but still no ridge vent.

I'm wondering a few things here...do I really need a ridge vent? I have read that some of them leak if wind blows rain under them.
The house is approximately 2900 sq. ft, however I dont know the actual roof square footage. Is there any way of determining how much should come off the roof price if they do not install the ridge vent that was in our estimate? I have not paid a dime yet, as they still have to replace the siding. Should I insist they come back and perform the work as described in the estimate or should I simply ask them to take the appropriate cost of the ridge vent off the price?

Extra info...house is 20 years old, original dark brown roof was replaced with black dimensional roof. Master bedroom has extra insulation and stays comfortable year round.

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