How To Replace Leaky Chimney Flashing

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you find water stains on your fireplace ceiling, it’s likely time to replace the chimney flashing. Chimney flashing is an aluminum piece commonly installed on shingled roofs at the chimney stack edges to prevent water from getting into where chimney and roof connect. Leaks occur when the sealant at the chimney and roof connection deteriorates. Here are some tips to replace chimney flashing on a shingled roof. Prepare the Roof For this project, you need: an extension ladder a safety harness a waste bin garden hose a chisel a hammer a wire brush putty knife or caulking gun a pry bar replacement shingles polyurethane caulk galvanized roof flashing nails replacement flashing  Keep a waste bin handy for disposing of roofing material. Though you can cut flashing yourself, ordering it customized makes the job easier. Before you replace the flashing, take measurements around the chimney to get the right size, and order the replacement from a metal shop. Remove Old Chimney Flashing and Shingles Set the ladder on flat, even ground, placing the top rung three feet above the roof edge. Wearing safety gloves, slightly loosen the shingles from the adhesive, scrape the old adhesive with a chisel, and remove nails, but not the good shingles. Pull off the tar underlayment and old flashing with the pry bar, and clean debris with the wire brush or small broom to remove particle that could interfere with sealant. For chimneys with counter flashing, scrape the mortar until you reach the metal flashing, and remove the nails. Install the New Flashing Lay the base flashing across the chimney edge, and on top of the shingles folding the tabs on the roof. Nail the sides into the chimney, but not the roof. Install the step-flashing on the bottom edge of the chimney, and replace shingles on the lower course. Place the next piece of step-flashing with overlap on the next shingle course, and repeat for the remaining pieces of flashing. Insert the top flashing in place securing it with nails on the chimney folding tabs. Lay the last course of step-flashing and shingles. Set the L-angle of the counter-flashing in the empty mortar space so it overlaps across the top of step-flashing, and mortar the chimney joints. Caulk each joint of the flashing with a putty knife or caulking gun, and let dry.Test the roof for leaks by spraying a stream of water with a garden hose on the area. Get someone to stand inside, and watch the chimney area for leaks as you spray. Replacing chimney flashing yourself will save you money. However, working on roofs requires the proper safety procedures. If you have a high roof, or the repair didn’t stop the...

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Updating Your Home Appliances? Start With Your Water Heater

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you want to update some of the appliances in your home and you aren’t sure what old unit to replace first, consider getting rid of your old water heater. That water heater could be draining your pockets as it heats water every month, and can cause other risks as well. A new tankless hot water heater will give as much hot water as you need without running dry, and they will be easy to install around your house. You can install more than one if you want to increase the efficiency. Here are a few reasons to dump your old hot water heat for a new tankless one. Storing Water Costs Money It costs money for your traditional water heater to store water for whenever you need it, and the water heater has to work around the clock. This is a waste of gas and electricity. A tankless water heater doesn’t function by storing water. Instead, it will heat the water as it’s needed, and the water is warmed right when it comes out of the faucet. Not only does does a tank waste money and power, but it also wastes a lot of space to have it in the basement or somewhere on the main floor of your house. Minimal Risks The traditional water heater could get a leak and you then can end up with a flooded basement. If there is a problem with the gas lines or the pilot you could end up with an explosion. There are many hazards associated with old water heaters and you want to get rid of yours and make the update. Cash In You can take your old unit to a local metal scrap yard and get some cash for it, while you are disposing of it at the same time. There are precious metals and other valuable pieces on the unit that can be reused and recycled. If your tired of high gas bills and electrical bills and you aren’t getting hot water as long as you need it, it’s time for you to make the change. There are a lot of new tankless models you can pick from if you want to use gas or electrical choices, and you’ll notice the savings in your utility costs right away. Talk with plumbing or heating and cooling professional like http://www.firstclassplumbinginc.com to get estimates for the work that needs to be done and see if you can get cash for your old...

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