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Old 04-28-08, 08:35 AM
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I have a end unit Townhome. I'd like to separate the roof (shingles and plywood) from my adjoining neighbors. He has neglected the upkeep and there is significant wood rot I fear will infect my side. We have a cinder block wall separating us. Any helpful ideas would be appreciated.
 
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Old 04-29-08, 07:15 AM
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Out of curiosity, when was your townhouse built? Having once owned one myself, I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the fire-retardant-treated plywood fiasco of the 1980s. If your unit is of that vintage you may have bigger problems than you know.
 
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Old 04-29-08, 10:33 AM
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Older thatn 80's

The house was built in 1974. In the Skyline Drive mountain area. This was the "low" end of a Civil war town. The house WAS all electric. Baseboard heat, oven/stove and no HVAC. I've renovated it mostly. Gas fireplace (no ice storm fear for power outage here) Central Air w/heatpump (Very expensive without the F/P) and replaced the windows. As for the roof, the inside of my attic looks like old-fashioned plywood. I see a lot of staining too.
 
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Old 04-29-08, 11:20 AM
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Well, I only know when the FRT issue came to a head, not when builders first started using the stuff. If you have FRT plywood, it will be stamped as such. You should check. Also, FYI: http://www.nexsenpruet.com/attachmen...eated-Wood.pdf
 
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Old 04-29-08, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for the info

Although you didn't quite address the "specifi" question, I DO appreciate the information. Something like this isn't as wide known. I'll keep my eyes open for the markings. Nun-the-less, I still need some ideas in separating my roof from my neighbors as to not have rain & critters enter his or my home home due to my work. I was thinking of using a circular saw, cut through shingle & plywood and then inserting a T-channel or I-channel of vinyl then caulking/rubberizing the crap out of it. Thoughts?
 
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Been watching, no comments as I'm no pro on this, but do you have a HOA? That would make a huge diff on what you could and could not do.
 
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Old 04-29-08, 01:28 PM
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Nope no HOA

Lucky where I am to some degree. No HOA to contend with, but I'm more accepting of my neighbors individuality. Not a supporter of HOA. So I have PLENTY of leeway but I'm not outrageous. Just trying to have a simple appearing home, with out unwanted invasion of MY privacy and my comfortable home buy my neighbors neglect. I.E. flooding, water damage, wood rotting through sofett, roof and siding (I have Vinyl He has OLD aluminum)...SO give me your BEST advise.
Thanks I really appreciate any/all help.
 
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Old 04-29-08, 02:56 PM
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No caulk necessary. Any good roofer can install a 4x4 on the deck after cutting the correct lines in the shingles, then step-flash BOTH sides of the divider, install a cap on it and be done.
Do it as part of the new roof installation, not a seperate item. Otherwise, the roofer will not touch it.
 
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Thanks for the imput

I appreciate the info. As soon as I get the Economy check, I'm going to fix my roof.
Again thanks.
 
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You're welcome. I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but you still need to find out if you have FRT or not. If you do, no roofer will touch your roof unless it's replaced.
 
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If you actually are not restricted from doing so by the HOA, and could get the owner of the adjacent unit to cooperate, you could extend the firewall above the roof to form a parapet:



this would separate the roofs above each unit.

It would be a considerable expense, though.
 
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Old 04-30-08, 07:57 AM
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Thanks guys

Yes, I understand about FRT. Also, I am more than capable of performing the work myself (less permits) And I'm considering replacing my entire roof, might even make make bigger attic space. But extending the firewall might be more complicated (brick/masonry isn't must best skill) So I think just adding a 4x4 and flashing is my best approach.
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work on a lot of townhomes,usually your fears are not an issue,if you still worry,do it tinners way--the "h" channel and caulk is ridiculous
new vinyl is not necessarily better tha old aluminum,the aluminum dents easier is all,he can always redo the finish

If the guy has legit problems,your best bet would be to have a pro evaluate your homes,and let you both know,what`s either good,or bad,and what needs to be done

Let`s not be so quick to throw your neighbor under the bus !
 
 

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