Four Tips For Repairing Rafters And Decking When Doing A Roof Replacement

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are going to have the roof on your home replaced, there is a chance that you have damage beneath the old shingles. If you are lucky, the damage will just be some rotten decking. Unfortunately, if you have rotten decking, it is also likely that there is damage to the roof rafters or even joists of the framing. If the damage is not too bad, repairs to these things can be easy to do. Here are four tips to help you with repairs to rafters and decking when you have your roof replaced: 1. Identifying Roof Decking Damage In Need Of Repair Once you have all the old roofing removed from your home, it should be easy to find damaged decking. You will want to look for any wood that is a darker color than the rest of the roof. Take a hammer or flat bar and test it to see if it is rotten. If the wood falls apart to the touch or is easily broken, it will need to be replaced. 2. Removing Decking And Inspecting For Structural Damage In areas where there is damaged decking, you will want to remove the decking boards  to see if there is any structural damage. If the rafters, joists or other wood framing are in the same condition as the decking, they will need to have repairs done to them. It is a good idea to also inspect any wood below a leak for damage. You can also look for watermarks on the eaves for signs that water is running down the slope of the roof. 3. Reinforcing Damaged Rafters And Joists Before Replacing Decking Repairing damaged rafters can be done by removing the rotten pieces and splicing them together with new wood. This can be done with all the common rafters on the structure, but if there is damage on hip rafters or any main rafters, a professional should look at the structure to determine what type of repairs need to be done. If it is a rafter that supports the main structure of the roof, the entire rafter will need to be replaced, or a beam will need to be installed to support the weight of repairs. 4. Replacing Decking And Adding Nailers For Reinforcement Decking can be replaced once any structural repairs are done. Sometimes, the decking repair may need reinforcement to support the new decking. You can use nailers around all the edges to support the new decking that is installed.  If you are using a 1×6 decking material, you can add a piece under existing decking, leaving a lip to give you more wood to fasten the wood to. These are some tips...

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Change Your Old Wooden Window Springs In Under An Hour

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have an older window in a wooden frame that has become harder to open over time, you can fix that problem by yourself. It will take you around an hour and a few supplies to fix the spring in a wood framed window. With a new spring, your old window will suddenly feel new again. Supplies Screwdriver Plastic Bag or Small Container Bathroom Scale Pliers Replacement Spring Lubricating Paste Locate And Remove The Stop Bead The first step to changing out the springs on your window is removing both stop beads. The stop bead does just what its name implies, it stops your window from opening further. There should be two stop beads, one on each side of your window. They will be located on the sash on the side of your window. Unscrew the stop beads. Set them aside in a plastic baggy or small container so you do not misplace them. You will need to put them back later. Remove The Bottom Sash If there is a sash cord holding your window in place, you will need to cut it to complete this next step. Not all windows have a sash cord; so if you don’t see a cord, just move on. The bottom pane of glass is also known as a sash. Grab it, and pull it away from the top window pane. Then take the sash, place it on your bathroom scale, and measure how heavy it is. The springs you bought will come with specific weight support restrictions. If the window is heavier than you estimated, you will need to return the springs you purchased and get ones that will support the weight of your window. After you have weighed the window, set the glass somewhere safe and secure where it will not get broken while you replace the springs. Remove The Old Springs Now that you have easy access to your window, you need to get in there and remove the old springs. You will probably need to use a flathead screwdriver to remove the screws holding the springs in place. Since the springs have been in there for such a long time, you may need to use some pliers to pull them out. Fit The New Springs Now, take the new springs and fit them into place. The spring package should contain directions on how to install the new springs. Be sure to screw them tightly into place. Once they are in place and secure, add some lubricating spray or paste to both sides of the window. This will help you with opening and closing the window. Now that the new spring system is in place, return the bottom window...

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