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anchor bracket for servie drop - have you seen this type on a roof?

anchor bracket for servie drop - have you seen this type on a roof?


Old 05-27-12, 03:27 PM
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anchor bracket for servie drop - have you seen this type on a roof?

Does anyone recognize this bracket design:

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Houses in my area were built in the 1950s and many of us do not have a weather head with mast going down thru the roof. Instead the service drop is anchored on top of the roof and the weather-head is located under the eave.

I'm re-roofing and the city inspector seems to prefer the one-piece insulator w/lag bolt that screws into the roof, but I think this design makes more sense; mechanically a better design (imo).

Naturally I'd like to have a mast coming down thru the roof, but I don't see that in my budget - so I'm staying with the accepted anchoring method used in my area.

Newer is not always better.
I really like the flat design of this bracket; its worked just fine for me for the past 20 years (and probably never a problem in 50+ years).

Have any of you roofers seen this type of bracket?
Or, is it maybe some guy's sub-standard invention that I should switch out of?
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Old 05-27-12, 03:48 PM
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I'm not a roofer. Too old, and too smart to get on roofs I do like the soliditary of the flat bracket pulling against the triplex. It was replaced within the past 20 years as it is held in with phillips screws. I would definitely use something besides the thin wire to hold all that pressure. It seems the bracket has outlasted several roof applications and is still tight.
However, I don't like water, so it would seem a longer down pipe through the roof, fastened tightly to your frieze board and a weatherhead would serve you so much better. I know you said you don't have the budget for it, but it may preclude problems later on with water damage potential at the site. Pipe and weatherhead probably $30. New wires from weatherhead to meter base another $25. Roof boot $5. End result no leaks and better support. Did I mention happier inspector??
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"New wires from weatherhead to meter base another $25"

I was more concerned about what the power company would charge to come out and cut the power.
And there's always the chance that they will require a licensed electrician to sign off on it before they turn the power back on again. I can see that easily running a couple hundred, not to mention potential hassles (sometimes the simplest little projects turn into big hassles), and I've got my hands really full with my solo roofing project (finally tore off 2 layers of shingles and now I'm afraid the city is going to fail my sheathing inspection - too much 1/4"+ gap and then I'll have to lay OSB on top of my 1x8s - by myself); can't risk more headaches right now.

Thanks Chandler; I'd like to go in that direction, but I don't think I can risk more complications at this time. It was hassle and leak free for 20+ years so I guess I'll go with what I have.
Just wondered if our roofers could identify the bracket as any sort of standard design in the roofing biz so if the young inspector questions it I can point to its common usage (if there is any).

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