i am networker and just did some wiring yesterday for my OWN house.
When i drilled a hole from the bedroom up in to the attic, i accidently
drilled straight out of the roof.
It about the size of finger.
Is it going to cause a lot of damage if i leave it like that...or
should i repair it.
I temporarly put some of that white silicon stuff in it, and a small
bucket underneath to see if it leaks. If it doesnt leak, can i trust
that for a good few years.
If now, what is a good solution to fill in the hole, so that the house
doesnt get damaged
one more thing!..my father doesnt know yet...so i need help FAST!
use roof cement that matches roof color.......
best if you can lift gently existing shingle with hole and spread gob
of roof cement under damaged shingle.
fix immediately otherwise water damage WILL occur!
dont just patch from above water running between shinglers can still
might be better to fess up, collateral damage can be expected when
working on houses, or cars too.
its not what you damage its how well you fix the damage you
No. The foam breaks down when exposed to sunlight and there are other
You can repair the hole from the inside about 80% on the quality index.
That other 20% is the part that won't be a visible leak but it will be
enough moisture over the years to start some substantial rot.
To give you an idea of how straightworward of a repair it is to do
correctly, the roofer or handyman would need a strip of aluminum
flashing, a caulking gun of roof cement and about ten minutes - fifteen
including setting up the ladder.
I guess the choice you have to make is whether to fess up to your Dad
and see what solution the two of you can come up with for repairing his
roof, or for you to do an amateur repair from the wrong side of the
roof that he won't know about for some years so you can save a few
go to any hardware supply or lumber house ask for a small tube of
flashing cement and a nail washer they are used with shingles put a
small amount on the surface then put the washer over the hole, now you
are going to apply more of the cement and cover the washer,do a neat
job now that repair will out live you my friend.
On 7 Sep 2006 20:22:55 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Why is there a roof there in the first place?
You said it was your OWN house, but I think it is your father's. If it
is your father's house you shouldn't have been drilling into it
I'm not sure you or anyone can fix it from inside the house. The man
I bought my house from had tried to fix two leaks from inside, and he
failed both times. It's not just houses whose leaks are difficult to
fix from the inside, it's just about everything.
Now that you've screwed up once, don't screw up a second time. Tell
your father so that he can get it fixed right.
thanks a lot guys...i have talked to a design teacher at school...
she has told me to put in the expandable foam, and then go on top of
the roof and put a new shingle, with flashing cement underneath it.
I guess ill just have to go up on the roof...
once again..thanks..appreiciate the help
If you haven't replaced shingles before you'll probably do more harm
than good trying to replace the shingle with the hole. I'm assuming
it's a small hole as you had said something about running wiring.
There is no reason to put in the expanding foam unless you're doing so
as a temporary measure. If you're going to go up on the roof and do it
the right way you don't need the foam or anything else unless the hole
is bigger than about 3/4" or so. Sliding a strip of aluminum flashing
up under the uppermost tab of the shingle with a hole and holding it in
place with a dab of roofing cement is all the support the repair will
need. Dab a little roofing cement in the hole from the top and smooth
it with a putty knife, then sprinkle some of the colored granules from
the roof shingles (there's usually some to be found in the gutters) on
the roofing cement patch and the repair will essentially disappear.
This is the correct, and simplest and easiest method to fix it, but it
requires fixing from the outside. I am sure your father won't lambaste you
past the initial chastisement and will thank you for researching the fix.
The two of you can bond while repairing it on the rooftop.
I didn't mean that screwing up the second time would be fixing the
roof wrong, though you could easily do that too. I meant it is wrong
to drill holes in your house with out your father's approval and
perhaps supervision, and it is wrong to try to fill the hole without
notifying him. It is his house a lot more than it is your house. He
(and your mother maybe although she hasn't been mentioned) paid for
it, he's paying for it, he will pay for future repairs, he plans to
live there for decades maybe after you leave, and he needs the money
it will bring in the future in order to retire.
Posted and mailed because the thread is old, or is it??
if your dad doesn't kill you the fall off the roof might, so just run
the repair solutions past him and offer to point the chimney and clean
the gutters while he holds your ladder!
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