Temporary Roof Repairs

Old 11-13-00, 02:18 PM
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What is your opinion of the roof sealants/patches for sale by places like Home Depot? I just bough a house and the home inspector said the roof shingles need to be replaced ASAP. The valley has holes and near the chimney their is a potential leak (water damage on the living room ceiling). We don't take possenion until January 2001, so we don't want to replace the shingles until we own the house. We just want a temporary repair until Spring when the shingles will be replaced. I was thinking of just using these "do-it-yourself" repair job with these roofing compounds (very cheap). Will they last the winter? How effective are they? Or should I pay "big-bucks" to do better repairs before I even own the house?
Thanks- Martin.
Old 11-14-00, 06:22 PM
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You can get cold weather roof repair compounds. I believe they are only temporary. Good luck!
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FYI: Water Heater Draining and Flushing Info.

At times it may become necessary to drain {empty} the water heater tank for various reasons. Replacing it, moving it's location, installing replacement parts or repairing it, etc.

The very first step is to turn OFF the gas or electric supply! Without water in the tank, the temperature sensing element or elements will cool off, do to the lack of hot water. This will cause the water heater to automatically turn ON and begin the reheating process. Therefore, it is essnetial to turn off the energy source prior to draining.

Second step is to turn OFF the incoming water supply. The COLD water inlet supply valve will be on the pipe located on the right side of the tank at the top.

The valve may be one of two commonly used varieties. A gate valve, which has a round knob that is turned inwards {clockwise} until seated closed.

The other type is the newer ball valve variety. This valve will have a lever that is turned so the lever handle is not parallel to the pipe but across it.

Third step is to OPEN at least one hot water faucet within the house. By doing so, internal pressure will be relieved and air will be allowed to enter through the faucet to help displace the water in the tank. Failure to execute this step may result in the tank not completely emptying.

Fourth step is to locate the faucet {Spigot} on the tank. They are always located near the bottom of the tank next to the gas control thermostat or lower thermostat on electric tanks.

Attach a garden hose to this faucet and place the other end of the hose where the exiting hot water will be safe to flow. Then OPEN the faucet on the tank and allow the entire tank to DRAIN until fully emptied.

It is often recommended and also a good idea to FLUSH a water heater tank yearly. The reasoning behind this maintenance proceedure is to flush out sediment and rust particles that will naturally settle and accumulate on the bottom of the tank.

Sediment is found within all supplies of water more or less to some degree. Rust comes from the tanks interior, do to normal tank aging, the iron pipes within the houses piping system, those of the main supply, from the streets piping system and other sources, depending on the water supply.

To successfully accomplish this task, simply attach a common garden hose to the water heaters faucet. {Spigot} To flush the tank, there is NO need to turn off the gas or electrical supply nor open any hot water faucet within the house. Leave the inlet water supply valve ON also.

Simply attach the garden hose, place the other end in a location where HOT water will do no damage and then simply OPEN the tanks faucet valve.

Allow the existing HOT water to flow out until it does so cleanly and clearly. Depending upon the amount of rust and debris inside the tank, this step may take less than one minute or several minutes to accomplish.

Once this is accomplished, CLOSE the tanks faucet valve. Remove the garden hose from the faucet and PRESTO! The FLUSHING is completed....

The information above is offered to provide basic information and instructional procedures only. Methods and procedures apply only to tank type water heaters.

Results and methods may vary. Always read your owners manual and closely follow the advice and procedures given in the manufacturers booklet or on the labels attached to the tank. Always follow all safety warnings!

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Old 11-29-01, 08:08 PM
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What has a water heater have to do with a roof repair?.......

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