Archive for April 5th, 2011

Finding a Leak

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

We’ve almost completed the shakes on the roof and it rained yesterday.  It rained hard.  And, the roof leaked.

Al investigated the leak and then we used a hose to confirm his hypothesis – the manufactured cover for the vent for the cooktop hood leaked.  Bryan was skeptical and, yes, Al was correct.  The weld was not robust and it was leaking.

Al and his team removed the shakes, numbering them in advance, and then removed the offending vent.  Bryan took the vent to Nathan Merrill who welded it securely in minutes.

Notwithstanding the problem win the East side of the East gable, our yellow cedar shake roof is looking fabulous!

Looking West, showing the South side of the South gable.

Looking West, showing the South side of the South gable.

Looking East, showing the North side of the North gable.  You can see the mounts for the solar photovoltaic panels.

Looking East, showing the North side of the North gable. You can see the mounts for the solar photovoltaic panels.

Looking East, on the South side of the North gable.

Looking East, on the South side of the North gable.

South valley.  Note how the ridge is completed and the valley shakes are cut evenly.

South valley. Note how the ridge is completed and the valley shakes are cut evenly.

Looking North, on the West side of the East gable.

Looking North, on the West side of the East gable.

We isolated the leak to the roof vent for the cooktop hood.  After numbering each of the shakes, Al had his team remove them shakes so we could get the vent repaired.

We isolated the leak to the roof vent for the cooktop hood. After numbering each of the shakes, Al had his team remove them shakes so we could get the vent repaired.

Nathan Merrill, from American Ornamental Ironworks, welded the vent.  Subsequently, it was sealed with mastic too.

Nathan Merrill, from American Ornamental Iron, welded the vent. Subsequently, it was sealed with mastic too.