Building Shade Before Building a House


Equatorial sun changes the priorities in a construction sequence


Why a Cedar Roof Needs a Cold Roof System

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Use skip sheathing and a ventilation space to extend the life of the shingles

Roof Ventilation: 7 Minutes of BS


Moving air keeps unwanted heat and moisture out of your roof system


Flashing a Wood-Framed Chimney w/a Copper Cricket Cap

Flashing a wood-framed chimney is like flashing a dormer, except there’s no roof behind it. Without protection, water can leak into the joint and rot your walls to direct uphill water away

How Ice Dams Form, and How To Stop Them


Four ways to prevent ice dams in three types of roof, for two climates in one video. Boom.


When Drip Edge Becomes A Double Agent


Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #9. The mission of water is to turn houses to mush. Some drip edge flashings may actually help water accomplish this mission.

Kickout Flashing That Won't Leak


Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #12. Ground zero for roof rot is often where roofs meet walls.

How to Do a Drip Edge Installation on a Roof

Video of a man showing how to perform drip edge installation

A look at types of drip edge flashing, how to cut it, and how to retrofit it to an existing roof.

Roof Flashing Guide

Hands installing roof flashing

Edge metal, valley flashing, dormer, chimney, and kickout flashing shed water away from the connections between roofs, walls, chimneys, and other building assemblies

Ice Dam Podcast: What, How, Why, and Prevention


A big problem, for roofs in cold climates, but what causes it and how can you fix it?


Roof to Wall Stucco Flashing Repair


I get this question all the time: "Stucco all the way down to the roofing: right or wrong?" Answer: WRONG. and here's why...


How to Install and Flash a Tubular Skylight


Flash the boot like any other roof penetration, and snap the tube into place—just make sure to align the hole between the ceiling joists...


Open Metal Valley Details for Asphalt Roofs

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Open metal valley flashing plus ice & water membrane - your whole roof will perform better


Elements of a Fall Arrest System


One in three fatalities on jobsites is due to falls


Step Flashing 2 Brick: Its Complicated


Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...


Haiku: An Alternate Reality

A haiku about a dragon with an alternative agenda ...

Dormer Flashing Details in 4D


Concentrate on the corners and think like water when overlapping the layers


A Reroofing Debris Trough Made With Pump Jacks and an Old Tarp


Another peek into the Hillbilly Toolbox reveals a great idea for stripping roofs: a pump jack shingle trough  

How to Flash an Open Valley with W-Type Valley Metal


Roof valleys are like gutters with a steep pitch; but the stakes are higher for valleys than they are for gutters