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    Overview: Attic Moisture

    Ventilation in a Canadian attic does very little to remove moisture when the temperature in the attic is below freezing. During that time, the moisture is in the form of Ice and the passing air simply won't remove it -- whether you have passive vents or power vents. When things warm up, if the ...
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    Sealing a concrete roof

    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is home to a peculiar house with a concrete roof. The roof is now leaking and Ron would like to know how to seal it.Many good coatings are available, but all of them will eventually need maintaining and may even develop leaks from weathering -- as has happened with the pre...
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    the potential damage of ice dams

    Ice Dams are created when heat from the house gets into the attic and manages to melt the bottom of the snow pack. This melt water flows down to the edge of the roof where it is now freezing cold and you get ice dams or ice cycles. Ice dams back water up behind them and this finds it way under ...
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    Downspouts

    Downspouts bring water down from the rain gutters but you must not let them just dump the water near the house, or you could have leakage problems in your basement. We showed two gadgets to help out.For downspouts that are fed directly into the foundation weeping tiles, the Easy-Clean system ...
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    The Renaissance of Copper

    We spent some time talking with Brian Rand of Custom Cupola and Steeple in Oakville, Ontario about the re-emergence of copper as a building material in residential finish work and decorative pieces. They can build about anything, inside or outside the house, in copper.Like the copper "onion dome...
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    Melting snow on the roof.

    George from Fort Frances, Ontario has a problem of snow melting off of his new addition. He is trying to pin down the problem because this causes ice formation on the edge of the roof.He had a ridge vent installed, but never checked to see if his soffit vents worked. A ridge vent, without goo...
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    Gadgets to keep Downspouts unclogged

    A quick look at cleaning downspouts showed that there are various ways to clean them and more interestingly, some ways to keep them clean. Most rain gutter guards fail to keep debris out of the gutter and out of the downspout. We showed one interesting set of products.The attachment between the...
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    Roofing paper and Flashings

    Roofing paper is not required by the building codes, although some do now require a plastic or rubber membrane on the lower overhang that extends up the roof to a point 18 inches inside the exterior wall. Although felt paper is not required on the rest of the roof, most shingle manufacturers do r...
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    Roof Exhaust Hoods

    Larry in Calgary has the problem that the wind makes a lot of noise with the damper on his bathroom exhaust fan.The banging noise of a duct damper can be reduced or eliminated by carefully placing the self adhesive foam insulation strips as soft bumpers against the damper. Make sure that the d...
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