Category Archives: The Unusual

A Roofer’s Nightmare

Posted by in Roof, The Unusual | July 28, 2014

Roof leakage through an asphalt  shingle roof covering can be the result of many causes.  Sometimes the shingles were damaged by some event, other times its severe wear from aging, we have seen improper installation, or as we discuss here… Read More

This Just Ain’t Right

Posted by in The Unusual | May 19, 2014

        Also, why does the sign say “Baggage Claim?”  I’m not claiming any bags.  I am picking up a passenger.  Maybe “Arrival Pick-up” would be better?  And how about “Departure Drop-off” in lieu of “Ticketing, Check-in, Valet… Read More

What the heck? (Volume 1)

Posted by in The Unusual | February 10, 2014

Here we see some construction details that caused me to say, “What the heck? What were they thinking?” Is that vent backwards or am I just disoriented?  Is THAT FOUR LAYERS of shingles under that vent? There is a reason… Read More

Ya’ Think?

Posted by in The Unusual | October 21, 2013

Sometimes the issue is a little more obvious than other times.   Do you think there is groundwater behind this wall?     Do you think there was a surcharge overload?     Do you think rot was involved?  … Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 3)?

Posted by in The Unusual | October 07, 2013

  Gutter discharges onto trim joint with caulking instead of step flashing.     No gap provided around vent to allow drainage. Shingles not sealed to vent flange.     This leaks only during rainfalls from the right (or wrong?)… Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 2)?

Posted by in The Unusual | September 23, 2013

  Maybe the old flashings shouldn’t always be re-used?     Got step flashings?     Shingles improperly oriented on cricket. Also the valleys discharge into the wall.     A part of regular home roof maintenance is to remove… Read More

Does This Look Like It Might Leak (Part 1)?

Posted by in The Unusual | September 09, 2013

  The dark boards to the left are board sheathing on the wall. There is no step flashing at each shingle tab, but a continuous piece of metal flashing.  Siding and flashing runoff is directed under shingles.     Short wall flashing and rake drip edge direct… Read More

Why is this ladder resting up against a wall in a church sanctuary?

Posted by in The Unusual | July 31, 2013

  That is a very good question. It was told to me that the ladder was there because the alarm system had been triggered many nights causing the facility overseer and the police to meet at the building.  Still confused? … Read More