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  1. Roofing/Siding
    Hi all, We've been having a problem with what I presume is a leak for some time in one of the upstairs bedrooms, where the ceiling and wall meet. We have a damp meter and it's reading 20-30 in the damp patches. It's around where there's a chimney, so roofers have been out and stripped about 1m...
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    I bought a 1940 house. The thermal images from inspection indicated the home had good wall insulation but I’m wondering if thicker 1940 drywall is perhaps masking realities as the house does not do a good job holding temps. The inspector did point out poor attic insulation which was an R of...
  3. Building & Construction
    I live in a 1.5 storey cape cod (saltbox on the back.) Lots of knee wall upstairs and I intend to make use of the space behind as storage. I can work with the studs as they are for most of it, but I want to cut out a section of the wall and box it in for a dresser... I don't want to take this...
  4. Roofing/Siding
    Hey All, My house is a cape cod, where the attic/ has been finished into 2 bedrooms and a bath. Had the roof replaced a couple months back(mid march), the previous roof(setup?) had gable end vents nothing at the roof line and no ridge vent. it was definitely warmer in the summer than the lower...
  5. Roofing/Siding
    I have a new roof and have duro-last membrane just installed. I noticed many places have pops under membrane, such as the one below. Anyone knows what it is? if it is nail, do I need to worry about penetration and cause leak? I don't think these are dirt left over from installation. Thanks in...
  6. Roofing/Siding
    I’m a novice at home construction and currently my wife are building a new home. The framers just installed the sheathing on the roof and we noticed these sizable gaps. Are these holes/gaps normal? Thanks!
  7. Roofing/Siding
    Hi, my licensed roofing contractor is saying he can put 3rd layer on top of existing two. I do realize disadvantages of three layers, but would like to know if anyone here knows exactly what the codes say or have a link to this info?
  8. Building & Construction
    Sorry if the title doesn’t make sense. I have an area where three planes of the roof come together. It appears the middle plane’s rafters tie into a “header” type piece of wood. I find it strange this load isn’t transferred directly down, but is tied into other (2x4) rafters. My issue is the...
  9. HVAC
    I realize this isn't a conventional HVAC question, but couldn't think of a better section to put it in. Our manufactured home has a small pseudo-attic space with four squat vents thru the roof and no access from the inside. Despite installation of reflective roof panels (as well as the...
  10. Building & Construction
    I'm looking to convert the pitched roof on top of our second floor sunroom into a flat roof/deck that would connect to the third floor master bedroom (before you assume, I'm in a Boston area house and someone else owns the first floor - no, I'm not in a mansion...;)) The roof on our home was...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hey y'all! I've been looking into the possibility of adding a roof to my back deck and maybe eventually turning it into a screened-in porch. I was looking at the supports on our current deck and realized the deck extends past the supports by a couple feet. In other words, the deck supports...
  12. Building & Construction
    We moved into a new home last year and I’m still adjusting to it. It’s a two story home and when it’s REALLY windy out, you can hear the house creaking. Today I took my baby into his room for the first time and we were laying on the ground playing. It’s rather windy and I could hear the attic...
  13. Roofing/Siding
    After a couple of years of window leaks, i presume behind my siding, seems like this could be my culrpit. This is a roof joint on my slate roof and i suspect water is running in where ive highlighted. Any suggestions for some kind of sheet metal / drip cap that i can close up with gutter...
  14. Roofing/Siding
    Hi everyone! Recent home buyer. We purchased a home with an old school sunroom kit attachment, and there is a leak likely starting where the sunroom connects to the house. I am looking for the best options to seal this and make it watertight. You can see in the pictures that the gap is quite...
  15. Roofing/Siding
    I am a homeowner and hired a GC to do some work on my house including installing 2 new skylights in the entryway. The idea was to get 2 - 22X46 skylights and place them in between the rafters so that we don't need to structurally change the roof. As he requested curb mounted I got the Velux FCM...
  16. Roofing/Siding
    I'm converting a 12'x20' (interior) shed, with 9' foot ceilings into a workshop. This shed came with the house. I'm leaving the ceiling open for storage space, but want to insulate the roof to deal with the cold winters and hot summers. I live in the Rockies at 4400 feet above sea level. There...
  17. Building & Construction
    The rafters shown at the top of the diagram are purely supporting a suspended ceiling below an existing one. The RSJ is suppporting the former outer wall. The rafters below support the flat roof, as well as an aluminium/glass sky pod. These are barely 500mm long and spaced out as expected at...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hello and thank you in advance for any help you can offer me here! BACKGROUND: I bought a new home in Ankeny, Iowa last spring in a new development with a HOA. The home was a spec home, however, I went under contract when it was being framed so I was able to customize it somewhat and choose...
  19. Roofing/Siding
    I thought the water damage and "leaking" might be caused by condensation because when I went into the attic last winter the exhaust from the bathroom was completely detached and hanging loose. And the flapper on the roof vent was not opening because there was a wasps nest packed in there. So I...
  20. Roofing/Siding
    We recently bought a home with a mansard roof and are looking for ideas to vent the attic. Currently, there is no intake (or maybe its outtake) ventilation as the walls directly meet the top of the roof (that is 10 degree slope- 2:12). We will monitor it this winter (living near Toronto) for...
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