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Old 02-11-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Having my roof replaced. Should i stay home, stay close by and drive by every once in a while, or just go to work and let the professionals due their contracted job?

Also, my house has front and back entries, and being a raised ranch, will there be any possibilty of entering/exiting with the tarps and the danger of the roof removal and replacement?

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Your call--they really don't need you there---Do check and make sure the shingles are the correct selection before you leave---you don't want to come home to a house with the wrong color roof---

If you do stay home-----be polite---and don't park in the drive way-----

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Nothing worse for a contractor than having a Homeowner looking over your shoulder. I would say that if you have that little trust in your roofing contractor you probably selected the wrong one.
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I agree with what's already been said. Be there when they setup, leave them a cell number or some way to get ahold of you, then go to work. Or play hookey and do something fun, but don't check up on them all day long!
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Having my roof replaced. Should i stay home, stay close by and drive by every once in a while, or just go to work and let the professionals due their contracted job?
I'm gonna have to disagree.
There is no way I'd have this job being done and NOT be home.

Still, there's being home... and then there's being underfoot.
Don't be underfoot.

Have something constructive to do (taxes? clean the basement?) and go about doing that but then take a smoke or coffee break walk around the house once an hour or so, with nods and smiles at the workers as things progress and **with camera in hand** taking a series of snaps throughout the day is not any sort of insult to any competent contractor or crew.

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Tarheal--that sounds like a plan----roofs are expensive---I guess I would find an excuse to take the day off,now that you mention it----

I know my roofer---so ,with him,I don't hand out---but a roofer I don't know---Yea,I guess I'd peak in once in a while---
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Buy lunch the first day during the first tear off, and stay the hell out of the way. Make sure you are there to make sure what you get is what you paid for. People make more mistakes today than I have seen in my lifetime. You cant go back and fix it very easily, but if you catch something, you can make sure it gets corrected.

You need to properly cover the work with your specification, so what you are getting is not heresay.

A Tip to you all: ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AT LEAST AN EXTRA SQUARE OF SHINGLES, AND ABOUT 20 RIDGE CAPS IN THE CONTRACT. This way if you end up putting in a wood stove or a skylight or something, you can repair with the same lot number, and the color will match.
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My thoughts are....if i am not home, how will i ever know (until the next roof repair) that

1) the proper underlayment was put down (if any?)
2) ice and water shield was put down 6ft as contracted instead of 3 ft in which was originally mentioned to be done (maybe the roofers are used to just putting 3ft)
3) how many nails are being used per shingle...unless peel up some shingles....which i am sure is not advised....maybe go to the attic and look?

good advice on asking for a few extra shingles.

I don't think I will be home (inside), but will drive by a couple times and watch the initial couple of rows. (then be bored and off to do something)
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get up on the roof with them and read the instructions on the bundle to them.
most of the imported roofers in Texas do not know what a nail strip is for.
and take pictures .
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I am always home when a contractor does work. Especially since they will have easy access to the interior of your home.

As far as the comment above about looking over the contractors shoulder, if he has a problem with you watching, I would get rid of him!
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hey digital plumber can I daisy loop my Cat 5 to run 2 computers? I have heard the internet only uses 1 pair . true or false?
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hey digital plumber can I daisy loop my Cat 5 to run 2 computers? I have heard the internet only uses 1 pair . true or false?

Yep, you only need 4 for 10/100. but if you want 1000 you need all 8. Try here:

http://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/ethernetcables.html


I have many times in older homes where a new wire cannot be run done this. There are also splitters, see this:

http://www.amazon.com/C2G-37049-Netw...+rj45+splitter
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on a serious note when I was a young roofer ,back in the exciting 70's I had retired homeowner who wanted to "be involved"
up on the roof .I let him walk all over a couple of sqs until he had knocked off about 1/2 the granules ,then i had him turn
around and survey the damage . he left and when down the ladder for the rest of the job
over the next 20 years I replace 2 more roofs for him, the last one he was in a motorized wheel chair
Charlie Davis we miss ya
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thanks my journey begins.is there a forum for learning about Cat5,RG45's ,using the internet to watch tv etc??
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thanks my journey begins.is there a forum for learning about Cat5,RG45's ,using the internet to watch tv etc??

Google or Bing search is your friend! I have my limits, then I get in trouble !

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