Home maintenance while roof is off?

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Home maintenance while roof is off?

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I'm getting my roof replaced in a few weeks, including all new plywood. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity... Other than making sure the blown-in insulation is raked back from the eaves, is there anything else I should consider checking or doing for the attic, chimney or other areas while the roof is off?

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Old 10-14-10, 01:29 PM
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Well...just cause I wish I was in this situation....

Any ducting that could be cheaply upgraded/sealed/insulated? My attic is so convoluted it's gonna be a pain to replace some old degraded flex...
 
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Have any rooms which need a light fixture in the ceiling?

What else is in your attic?
 
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Hmm... good point about the light. My living room doesn't have a ceiling fixture so maybe I should get one put in. I'm not sure what ducting is up there...will have to look.

There is a brick chimney that runs thru (down which water has leaked in the past). That will get flashed and sealed in the process; don't know if there's anything else to worry about with that.

BTW, what's a shingle cap? One roofer's quote said it would install a ridge vent with a shingle cap.

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I believe some ridge vents have a plastic looking top surface...I'd guess the shingle cap is just so it matches the rest of the roof?
 
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You mention flashing the chimney. I remove chimneys if they are no longer needed unless they have a particular architectural intrest. Chimneys are a hole in the roof which presents an opportunity for leaks. If it's not needed it's outta there.
 
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make sure they install soffit baffles so your insulation doesnt wash away

toss 20 years of crap you've been saving up right out the top! i wish i could have done that, filled a dumpster
 
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I think ridge vent's the way to go
 
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x2 definitely get a ridge vent. combined with vented soffits and baffles, you should have good ventilation and avoid moisture issues. I was going to suggest a fan as well but from what i read, you arent supposed to have a fan with a ridge vent. whoever did my roof didnt hear of that rule though
 
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Consider dropping a conduit through a wall so you can pull wires to the attic later for whatever future needs you might have. Going up from the basement might not be possible if the obvious place to the attic is over a center support beam, whereas there should be plenty of space for wires to exit a conduit in the basement. You will have plenty of height to stand up a 10' section of conduit as you push it down through the wall while the roof is gone.
 
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