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If you have a leaky roof, and your roof has standard asphalt shingles, you can repair it yourself. There are MANY instructions on the Internet, and an excellent Instructable How to replace a damaged shingle by sbrown. You should view these valuable instructions, they provide information that I will not cover here.

This Instructables provides a few tips learned on a recent roof repair. They worked for me, may or may not work for you. But I'm pretty sure there will be some things here you will not see elsewhere.

I started with the venerable blue tarp on my garage roof. Where I live in Washington State, it started raining last week. May stop next July.

Step 1: Pinpoint the leak source

I found the apparent location of the leak on the underside of the roof. No, this is not always where the water is entering above, the water can travel. But it should be close.

Next, I taped a stack of rare-earth (neodymium) magnets on the underside of the roof at the high point of the leak.

Then I went back on top the roof with a cheap compass. Knowing approximately the area of the leak, the compass quickly zoomed in on the magnets under the roof. To confirm, I placed another magnet on the roof to mark the spot.
<p>These are really some great tips. I work as a <a href="http://crsroofing.com/" rel="nofollow">roofing contractors in Tacoma,</a><br> but I was not aware of this technique of finding roof leaks. I went <br>through this article and I found this technique very amazing. It is <br>really helping me a lot. Thank you for sharing such great points.</p>
<p>Since I wrote this Instructable, I had the whole roof replaced. Fortunate, we have had the wettest winter here in Olympia WA, which is saying a lot, since every winter in western Washington state is very rainy. Nothing wrong with blue tarps (in my opinion) but lucky for me the tarp went on the back (hidden) side of the garage, because my wife does not share my opinion on blue tarps on the roof.</p><p>Cheers</p><p>Bill</p>
Thanks, Nicole. <br><br>Yes, the trick actually helped me find the leaks. However, the source of the leak is not always where you see it coming out - the water can travel and trick you. <br><br>I will check out your blog.<br><br>Bill
<p>If <br>I have to be honest, I don't have any experience with the roof <br>building. But unfortunately I had to fix the roof of my parents.Then <br>I realized that all of my injenering skills are not enough and I need <br>profesional help. One of my friends give me really good <br>recommendations about this guys - http://baytobayroofing.com . Now I <br>can conclude they've got the best skilled technicians which can <br>perform maintenance &amp; repairs on all types of roofs.Highly <br>recommended!</p>
<p><br>This is a good post, I was wondering if I could use this write-up on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away. </p><p>&lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.floridaroofleak.com/&quot;&gt;Orlando roofer&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;</p>
<p>No problem, I would like to see your website. I believe most anything on Instructables is fair game, we post our ideas so others can maybe use them. Unless someone clearly states that their idea is proprietary or patented or something like that.</p>
<p>This was a really quality post. In theory I'd like to write like this too - taking time and real effort to make a good article... but what can I say... I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.</p><p>&lt;strong&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.floridaroofleak.com/&quot;&gt;Orlando roofer&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;</p>
Thanks, Zemkarlos. I procrastinate a lot also, but once I start writing something, it just keeps going.<br><br>I know my repair was not up to professional standards, but after two VERY wet winters my garage is dry.<br>Bill
Getting a wee bit cold there now, be careful. <br> <br>If you need any help as you get into the work, please let me know. Well, I meant advice, but anything (almost), please ask. <br> <br>Bill

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