The plastic shield around the base of my attic fan is cracked at the roof l
ine, on the side facing the top of the roof (i.e. in the path of water/snow
coming down); how should I patch it? It's about 1/2" wide crack, extendin
g up the 4" height of the plastic shield. Maybe just plastic roof cement a
nd yellow roof fabric? Or maybe this "FixAll" patch for $8 at HD:
2nd question - how should I fix a screw that was put through a shingle? Sh
ould I remove the screw and fill the hole with polyurethane caulk, or just
leave the screw and put roof cement over the screw head? (Replacing the sh
ingle is not an option.)
On Monday, November 25, 2013 8:23:26 AM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
line, on the side facing the top of the roof (i.e. in the path of water/sn
ow coming down); how should I patch it? It's about 1/2" wide crack, extend
ing up the 4" height of the plastic shield. Maybe just plastic roof cement
and yellow roof fabric? Or maybe this "FixAll" patch for $8 at HD:
I like the HD patch. This is a good example of why these things should
be made of aluminum, not plastic. Might be time to consider replacing
it, depending on what the consequences of failure are. For sure if you
leave it there, you have to keep an eye on it. If it's cracked, it's
probably going to crack more.
Should I remove the screw and fill the hole with polyurethane caulk, or jus
t leave the screw and put roof cement over the screw head? (Replacing the
shingle is not an option.)
Either is probably OK. I'd probably go with taking the screw out,
then lifting the shingle, getting roof type caulk, poly or silicone,
over the hole, then finish with a dab on top.
On Mon, 25 Nov 2013 05:23:26 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't know how old the fan is but I am certain it will only get
worse. If you choose to repair it the repair will only be temporary.
The only way to do it right is to replace it. I would hope when you
do replace it you opt for a higher quality component so you won't be
doing this again in the hear future.
On Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:55:30 -0600, Gordon Shumway
My fan is 30 years old and it's fine. It does have metal flashing, a
metal dome, and a metal blade. No plastic at all, I think. I've
replaced the motor, from the inside of the attic, 4 times. Once it
lasted 14 years, once only 3. Other times in the middle.
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