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...


Elements of a Fall Arrest System


One in three fatalities on jobsites is due to falls


Kickout Flashing That Won't Leak


Ground zero for roof rot is often where roofs meet walls.

Haiku: An Alternate Reality

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

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


Installing Lead Step- and Counterflashing


How to install a roof to wall counter flashing and custom-cut one-piece step flashing into a brick wall.

The Roof Leak That Wasn't: A Mystery Tale


How to find a moisture leak on a flat roof with multiple elevations

Roof Replacement—and A Discussion of Respect Among the Trades


When reroofs are piecemeal rather than systemic, little things like drip edge can snowball. #HonorYourCraft

Country Style Roof Construction: Sticks, Bricks, Mud, and Goop


I spotted this interesting roof construction in Cuenca, Ecuador: Branch logs as rafters; purlins of split branch logs with thin brick overlaid in two strata

High Performance Handbook

Two packages for high performance homes. Vented and unvented roof insulation retrofits and exterior wall insulation details along with rainscreen wall details for furring strips.

The Pen Test for Air-, Water- and Thermal-Tightness

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Water and air leaks in a building shell are difficult enough to detail on simple buildings. Complex structures can cause headaches for builders, remodelers, and architects who don't pick up their pens and trace at the design stage.

Witch-Proofing Your Roof

In Cartagena, Colombia, where the Spanish Inquisition burned 800 suspected sorcerers and witches in the town square, roofs were equipped with spiked corners to prevent witches from landing on them.