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DEAR TIM: I'm getting bids on a new roof and some of the roofers want to use a nail gun to install the shingles. Is this a good idea? I've also heard stories about inferior galvanized nails that don't hold up and start to rust soon after being installed. What type of nails would you […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm replacing my bath exhaust fan. The old fan was vented through the soffit. I don't believe I have an attic as there seems to be no access to the space. My roof is sloped but my bath ceiling is flat. What's the best way to exhaust the fan out through the soffit? […]

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Tim Carter shows a failed plumbing vent flashing, a high-quality replacement flashing, and he provides step-by-step install instructions. Just below the video is a LINK to PURCHASE this high-quality flashing. Here is a picture of the Lifetime Tool & Building Products' plumbing vent flashing. This is the one installed in the above video. CLICK HERE […]

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DEAR TIM: My newer roof is turning black. It's got ugly black streaks that look like someone poured used motor oil on my roof. What is causing the problem? Are the shingles defective? Is there a way to clean my roof and salvage it? Once clean, is there a way to prevent the ugly stains? […]

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Judi Adkins has had some much-needed rain in Austin, Texas. But she feels the flooding in her condo requires the changing of at least one downspout direction. Here's what she sent to me: "I live in a first floor condo. It has a recent history of water damage. We are experiencing an unusual deluge of rain this […]

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Gutter covers are a huge business. They really came of age back in the 1990's. I clearly remember seeing these products multiply when I'd attend the different trade shows like the National Hardware Show and the International Builders Show. Both of these shows have a playpen area that's got smaller booths designed for start up […]

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DEAR TIM: I've inherited a family cabin at the western boundary of the gorgeous Allegheny National Forest. It's got major roof and foundation issues. Where should I start with repairs? I do plan to spend lots of time here and the interior is in as bad a shape as the exterior. Do you feel this […]

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DEAR TIM: I purchased a piece of property that has a 150-year-old garage in bad shape. It's got a dirt floor. The roof is shot. It leaked so badly that in some places the wood roof sheathing is completely missing. The rafters that support the sheathing seem undersized and are not rotted for some reason. […]

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Jane Theobald has a roof leak around her pot or turtle vents. She needs to repair them before it rains again in Omaha, NE. She also has some professional advice for me. Here it is: "I have water leaking in from the peak of my roof. The turtle or pot vents are installed really weird and […]

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Nadine has a problem with a sagging roof in Atlanta, Michigan. Here's her full report: "My roof is sagging. I never realized my rafters are 27 and one-half inches on center. The roofing material is is made from metal squares. What can I do to make the roof flat? Look at the photo of the underside […]

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