Bleach a roof? Answered

Any tips for bleaching a roof?

Question by KentsOkay 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


metal roofing

I am trying to get an answer, i hope someone can help. i have a 12x60 trailor i use for hunting and fishing, in upstate ny. i want to put a metal roof on. the original roof is sort of a rounded dome. the rafters are 2x6, i was thinking about building it up with 2x4's to get a bigger pitch. is it worth it? also if i use 2x4's do i need to put plywood on top first or can i attach the metal roof right to the 2x4's. thanks rich russo

Topic by rrusso54 11 years ago


what setup do I need to measure energy saving after applying infrared paint into the steel roofing of my house.

The paint reflects the suns ray and lower the energy costs require to cool the house? i installed insulation and have a high ceiling but the temperature in the attic is still hot especially in the afternoon.

Question by bentio168 10 years ago


Building a lean to roof. Between house and fence

Hi im needing to build a lean to roof of of the side of my house out towards my colourbond fence. My question is does anyone happen to know what the legal required minimum distance is ment to be between the gutter and fence. If someone can help me with that I'd be truly greatful.  I know there is one I just can't for the life of me remember it. 

Topic by Cheno1506 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Has anyone done any research into "cool roofing" for their houses?

Like white colored material to raise solar reflectance? How much energy can be saved in an avg. sized house? I live in FL and I'm faced with a re-roofing project pretty soon...

Question by colemanm 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Roof Top Siphon

I have a flat roof that collects about an inch and a half or more of water after a good rain. I want to get it off with a battery powered siphon that would drain it into the gutter. Any ideas? drphoto1@verizon.net

Topic by drphoto1 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


A small house on a roof?

Hiya all! I sometimes go to my grandmother's house, and there is an abandoned Karate club or something near it. Recently, I got bored so I went outside. I circled around that building a couple of times, and I noticed that I can climb to it's roof! It's not too high, about only 5 meters or so. The roof is awesome! It's flat, and then I came up with an awesome idea - how about building a small house there? Just for the fun of it, it could be an awesome place to come with friends. I need the floor to be at least 2x2 meters, height 1.5-2 meters. I need the house to be made of cheap and available materials. Got any ideas?

Question by netbus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I need project ideas for old roofing slate?

I recently inherited a crap load of old roofing slate that's roughly 10" x 14" x 1/4". I've already used it to edge the garden. I need some inspiration.

Question by jtp139 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


anyone know the lifetime of aluminum cans exposed to the elements?

I'd like to use old aluminum food cans that were pressed flat instead of asphalt shingles for my roof. Does anyone know the lifetime of cans exposed to the elements in northern Ohio?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


Cheap Under Deck Ceiling - Looking for details, anyone done this?

I'm 'fixing to get ready' to build this under my deck http://www.familyhandyman.com/decks/building-a-deck/under-deck-roof/view-all  to cover a 16' wide x 12' long space under my deck.  It looks simple enough, and there are a couple of YouTube videos of the same thing, but they all leave out some detail.Has anyone here done one of these? I think it needs flashing at the house end so water isn't weeping down the siding. Any other tips or tricks you found ? Thank you. ! Terry, Council Bluffs, Iowa 

Topic by Terry_Jim 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Insualtion of an existing tin roof?

Hi, I have an existing summer room with a single skin, 4" corrogated tin roof. It is attached to the roof of the home and I do not wish to rip it apart. I was thinking to install a none bearing set of 4"x2" timbers, a half in from the existin roof, then insulating with 1" x 4'x8' sheets of styrafoam sheets, then a vapour barrier nder this. My main concern is the condensation produced on the inside of the tin roof, when it warms up. If I insualet the way I,m intending to,will this stop this condensation or do i need to do more to prevent it.

Question by grandpa2011 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


balloons falling from a roof

How would one rig up a system to make balloons fall from the roof like in the movies for proms and stuff like that? It would be awesome to set up for a random day at home, or my sisters 21st birthday or something, freak them out

Topic by craig3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


tearing down roof advice

I plan on tearing down my roof with a gas torch cutter, i have included the link to my photo bucket gallery for community advice and input; http://s1120.photobucket.com/albums/l490/handgun12345/ how does asphalt and concrete react to a high temp torch cutter? will i be cutting through metal plates as well? Edit: thanks all great responses, since i shouldn't be cutting huge amounts of concrete just the paste binding the shingles together it should be feasible?

Question by tom.selleck 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


attaching hammock to a roofed deck?

Would it be safe to attach a hammock to a deck with a roof. it looks like the one in the picture below. the hammock would go where the green circles are drawn. about how many pounds can something attached to those posts hold . thanks and also where would be the worst place to attach it. http://s2.postimg.org/lqhtwz5rd/dexxkk.jpg

Question by KawalS 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Green Roofs Capture Carbon

"Recently, Royal Dutch Shell PLC received $865 million from the Canadian government for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. Green roofs, rooftops with plants, can capture and store carbon, according to a new study by Michigan State University in East Lansing. The technology to build green roofs already exists, and they can be created for much cheaper than a CCS project."The key to fighting global warming is capturing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in new reservoirs that weren't storing carbon before," lead researcher Kristin Getter said...."This looked like a rather elegant answer to the Green Question.  

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do you terminate the shingles a pyrimid roof?

I have built a pyrimid hip roof. All 4 sides are equal size and they come to a point. I have shingles now all the way to the top but I am not sure how to cap the darn thing. None of the hardware stores know how. When I finish the ridge shingles how do I cap them so water can not get in? Any pattern I can cut to fit?

Question by Rainh2o 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Retractable white roof for passive heating /cooling ?? Dual season roofing idea? Answered

Last summer my top floor apartment was over 115 degrees indoors with blinds closed !  In a recent email to my landlord to report a broken mailbox I suggested the possibility of painting the apartment buildings roof white .  In reward for reporting the mailbox he says I could paint the roof but only above my apartment  . Cool . He says that the insulation was not adequate when built . The apartment has also gotten down to 30' in winter so I can only guess how cold it would get in here without the current black roof.               QUESTION ;  Are there any ideas to help solve both seasonal issues ?   I can't re-insulate because I rent .  I was thinking of a retractable white cover for hot summer days that can be removed in autumn . Or maybe even a white paint that would insulate against cold ??   An original idea was something like Bubble foil but I doubt that would stand up to weather.  Any suggestion would be great .    

Question by BtheBike 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Pumping Water From Basement To Roof

I have a 50 gallon water tank in the basement and a solar tank on the roof. The roof tank is 35 ft above the basement tank and the top of the basement tank is connected at the bottom of the roof tank with 1/2 inch Pex with valves. Is there a simple way of pumping the basement water to the empty roof tank. Unfortunately I can't use city water pressure to force the basement water up to the roof. I am trying to transfer the basement water to the roof leaving the basement tank empty.

Topic by atw58 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


constructing an a-frame, lean-to roof on a garage

I started framing a lean-to, a-frame roof like a deck (with an a-frame "header" and three joist hangers). The joists are angled at about a 45-degree angle and are perpendicular to the garage (on which I hung the header). There will be two 4x4 posts at the end of the 10'x10' roof. When I looked for advice about this framing style, I found nothing. Is this going to be stable? I designed the roof this way because I have 6' reclaimed cedar fence panels that will run down the roof like shingles. Thanks for your help.

Topic by meralgia 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Build Roof down the side of house

Hi all i know very little about this type of stuff  i was wondering what would be the best way to go and was unsure what i want to do is down the side of my house inbetween the fence and gutter (approx 2m wide and 10m long) install a roof ( shed material? some sort of metal) that i could use to store stuff how should i do this could i just screw it to the gutter or what? thanks

Question by ineedhelp0123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Help designing solar roof for a van

So i plan on collecting a crap load of those little solar yard lights, taking out the solar panels till i have enough to cover the roof of my van. But from there i dont know where to go and i dont have much experience with making electronics, it would be nice to have them charge a battery or something, not sure. ideas, comments or plans would be greatly appreciated. j

Topic by deth2all 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago



Guidance or basics to shingle roof repair??? Any one?

Question by theaccomplisher 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is Calcium Chloride safe to use on roof or gutter ice dams? Answered

In cold climes, snow buildup on roofs often leads to ice dams, usually at the gutter. When the snow melts, the dam can route water under roof shingles and cause roof damage.Is Calcium Chloride safe to use on roofs? (Sodium Chloride is not, due to it's corrosiveness.)

Question by gmoon 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to build a roof over a 3ft. x 8ft. grill table ?

How to buid a roof over a 3ft.x8 grill  table using a 4x4 post on each end of the table

Question by ChristopherM47 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago



What is the CHEAPEST way to fix a BAD roof on a trailer?

The roof on our trailer (mobile home) is dying a gruesome death....any helpful tips would be MOST appreciated! _Sincerely, tamarack1pines

Topic by tamarack1pines 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago



Make waterproof roof for playhouse that can be climbed on - eco friendly/reused materials preferrable.?

Making a "green" playhouse.  Want to have the roof be able to be climbed on, but water proof since I live in a very rainy part of Washington State.   Any suggestions?  Regular roofing is very $$, not sure if people recycle their old roofing or if that is even a good option.  Would love some tips!! Thank you!! - College student in very last finals week ever.

Question by bamzapwhoosh 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


What is the best way to add a shed roof to the back of a small outbuilding?

I have a 13' x 16' outbuilding & would like to add a shed roof onto the back to store my mower, 4 wheeler etc.

Question by ebradk 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


striped hood,roof,trunk,should I mix mineral spirit to primer?

Had to strip paint because of very bad pit makes on the hood,roof,trunk

Question by jake09 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Hydroponics pvc pipe roof top garden

The size of this roof top is 8250mm x 6250mm on concrete. I want to use the PVC pipe system. A vegatable garden. I want to know the details of how to go about to install this. If possible can some come up with an Idea.

Question by blueoven 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is it possible to reuse cable dish on roof top?

I cancelled my dish cable service.  Is it possible to reuse the dish as an antennae booster for my tv?  My Turk antennae was expensive and is borderline effective for decent visual and sound reception.  Please advise.  Thank you!

Question by clarei 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can you cool the roof tiles during summer?.

It is made of clay and concrete beneath the roof tile. Is pouring water the only way?.I need your suggestions

Question by Nr-Think different 6 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


How do you repair surface rust on tin roof?

I stacked some galvanized tin roofing sheets outside. Water got trapped between the sheets. This resulted in surface rust and some oxidation. The sheets are20 ft long. The damage covers about 15% to 20% of all the surface combined. Is there a product that I can use to repair the damage?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to build a thatch roof for chicken coop from giant canes?

I have an unlimited supply of massively invasive canes (Arundo donax) growing on my property, and my chicken coop needs a roof.  Anyone have ideas on turning canes in their natural state into roofing material?   I will start just experimenting with weaving together lengths of cane, but some experienced advice would be very welcome. EDIT: Traditional thatching appears to involve attaching bundles to each other by essentially sewing them with wire or flexible blanches.  I'm thinking this is a specialized craft precisely because the techniques are not entirely improvisable. concerns:  weather proof materials (aside from canes, fixtures that will not rust/mold/decay) technique of attaching bundles to rafters? peak of the roof?

Question by lj2shoes 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make a easy roof for fairy garden house?

The house is 1/2 of cinder block

Question by peaceplus 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Would bed pillows make good insulation for a roof?

I'm planning an earthbag house, and with its vertical walls, I need a roof. I'm going as cheap as possible, and I wondered if this would serve as a solution? I can get pillows from Walmart for about $5 a piece.

Question by jeniferchurch 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What sort and how big of a motor would be required to lift a 20kg speaker vertically into a roof space ?

I'm trying to make a platform to drop out from the roof at the press of a button to drop my home theater speakers out from the roof .

Question by cazz04 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Should I enclose an outdoor roofed area with tarps?

I bought a house with a roofed area in the back yard.  There is a concrete slab (approx 10X20), and a metal roof about 12-15 ft high.  The roof only covers half of the slab, and I plan to put a small prefab metal shed where the slab extends.  I'd like to use the roofed area as a pseudo-workshop, but because the roof is so high, rain blows under pretty easy.  In a perfect world, I'd extend the roof and wall in the whole thing, but I ain't rollin' in money like that, so a shed for storage, and a dry work area is good enough.  My question is whether or not its feasible to hang tarps as "walls."  I know it won't be super permanent, but I'd like them to last a reasonable amount of time.  I was thinking of securing them on the four posts by sandwiching them with 1" x 4"s, because I don't trust grommits and twine to hold in wind.  What kind of tarps and hanging methods would be ideal for this, or would there be a better alternative I haven't thought of?

Question by OtisDrftwood 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Any ideas on how to create solid roof for steel framed gazebo?

Have one of those $180 steel framed, 10 x 10, two tier roof, gazebos that every retailer seems to sell now a days. (kind of like the one in the picture) Its perm attached over our hot tub. Problem is, the nylon top keeps deteriorating and then shreds and has to be replaced. Any ideas on a good, cheap or maybe recycled material, roof that would be permanent? (WI=Snow in winter, has to be strong enough for an occassional storm) And how to attach it maybe? Looking for a few brainstormed ideas because all I can think of is boring PLYWOOD! *GRIN*

Topic by kellyndiy 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


How do I build a roof over my deck? Answered

I would like it to be up to code, able to withstand harsh winds and heavy snow, and still look good on the house. I also thought it would be nice to have a ceiling fan underneath possibly?

Question by falks79 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what do i need to be able to put a bike on the roof of a car? Answered

Hi, I'm wondering what i need to do in order to be able to put my bike on the roof of this car.  Do i need to buy something?  Or do i just need to fasten the bike on some how?  Thanks in advance :D

Question by salomon1996 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make a solar powered light to hang from my canvas gazebo roof? Roof is solid so power source has to be outside.

This is your standard pitched roof canvas gazebo with a small canvas vent at top. I want to have chandelier-type light hanging from roof for lighting when we hang out there at night but all the lights I see on the market have the cell attached directly to the light. I need the power source to be attached but remote from the actual light (think chandelier). Please help.

Question by blue21 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Campervan roof mounted external hot water heater

I am looking for a cheap way to heat water on top of a vehicle - vw campervan - to rig up a shower etc

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Roof deck over synthetic membrane: water intrusion?

Oops, so I posted this in Outdoors before I found Home. Double posting is irritating but it's kind of relevant to both... I'm new to the forums here (long time reader, infrequent poster), if I just committed a major faux pas, gimme a heads up and I'll take one of these down! Anyway, so the back door of my 3rd floor apartment opens on to what amounts to a raised back yard; the only problem is that this "back yard" is the roof of a 2 story addition to the brownstone I live in, and I'd rather not put my foot through a very expensive roof. I've been looking into decking, and right now my plan is a contact-only solid frame all the way around the perimeter of the roof, with a lip extending over the edge of the roof (to supply stability without puncturing the membrane) connecting to the actual frame of the deck which would of course be placed over the top of the brick walls of the building. From there I was going to face the deck with synthetics, probably with struts placed along the horizontal struts of the roof connected to both the upper deck and sub-deck cross bracing (depending on what materials I use/can afford and their relative strength). My hope is to find a way to make the deck in modular pieces that can be removed for when the roof inevitably needs to be resurfaced. So basically it would be large squares (or irregular shapes, whatever) that would sit on top of the struts/cross bracing with the help of a few screws and provide the deck surface. What I'm worried about is water intrusion at the contact points, such as around the edge of the roof and on top of the studs in the middle of the roof. I know synthetics are much more resistant to this type of failure than older materials, but are they impervious? Where do the pros put contacts so water doesn't leak into the floor below? Even if you minimalize it, the deck will have to come into contact with the roof at some point, or you've found some fancy new way of building I'd love to hear about. A few other thoughts are footprint: the building is an 1890 Richmond row house, could this be done with a small enough profile to increase the value of the property without damaging the "drive by" value? (I was picturing an iron railing to keep the project semi period, and this roof actually connects to the big hulking wooden fire escape, so it wouldn't be marring a virgin landscape) Also, do you think any building codes in the country would allow L bracing and big old bolts to hold the structure of the deck together instead of end-nailing the boards? It would make removal for roof work a lot easier. For the corners, would it be better to miter the ends at 45 and run a bolt through the two of them, end nail an L joint or use a thick metal l bracket and a few bolts to hold the joint together? That was kind of an intense post, I'm just looking to shoot the breeze a little bit with anyone who has any thoughts. Everybody always has their perfect way of doing things, on such a big, high pressure job (if this goes south I'd be poor AND homeless!) I want to really chew on the idea a little bit first. Thanks to anyone who actually read this far!

Topic by Macadaciouse 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How do I replace fascia & soffit when the roof itself is sound??

Frame construction Florida house with 32" overhangs.  New roof in 2006 but dry rot in fascia and soffit(entire house needs done).  After deconstruction what goes back up first?  Should I use vinyl or aluminum soffit panels instead of wood?

Question by jbaumberger 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can you use blue roofing foam on a vacum former?

I want to make something on a small vacum former and i need to know at what temperature the foam melts.

Question by saberwing 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A free and unique tool for building professionals

This is meant to be given as a gift or used as a simple tool for building professionals. It is a safer, faster and accurate way to measure roof areas.

Topic by dueymack 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


DIY Car Stereo Antenna?

Want to know if anyone has turned their roof rack into am/fm radio antenna or knows how? Not how to mount an antenna on a roof rack!!! I have a Jeep Liberty (2005), w\ (self) custom made aluminum roof rack. And I have 35ft of flexible/braided grounding strap to make internal run from roof-rack through and internally down to jeep frame if/as needed. **Concept Notes**  Outside rectangle frame is 1-1/2" (O.D.). I will rubber-coat all straight tube section then apply appropriate wire on to rubber and re-coat with rubber coating. I was then looking to slide slightly over-sized (I.D.) carbon fiber tubing over that. Ground and antenna wire will run through inside of rack turn down stanchion where bolts to roof. Rubber grommet to further insulate & protect wires. I want super reception AM & FM, little to no visible footprint, 1. What wire or such for antenna is best/appropriate? 2. Proper lay out antenna wire? ie., wrapped around primary insulated tubing or laid out length-wise.

Question by nickynite63 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago