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  1. #1
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    Hello

    The house is about 10 years old. The furnace and gas chimneys (both are metal) make their way through the attic and then though the roof.

    During rains, droplets of water trickle down the furnace and fireplace chimneys from the point where they exit the roof.

    We are assuming that some sort of caulking is defective and needs to be replaced.

    1. Could their be any other solution other than defective caulking? A seal perhaps?

    2. What type of caulking is the correct one? Home Depot/Lowes has a profusion of caulking types and am not sure which is the right one. Any specific brand/type recommendation is welcome.

    3. Can this task be accomplished from inside the house (say attic) or would it need to visit the roof top?

    4. Would a speciality contractor (roofer, hvac?) be needed to solve this issue or would a general handyman be able to fix this?

    Thanks for your time.
    Wants-To-Fix-Issue Homeowner




  2. #2
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    sounds like the caulking around the b vents is dried up and leaking. Have to go up on the roof, scrape off old caulking and re do it. Use any exterior rated caulking to seal it up. One with a lot of flex ie Dap will work well. Make sure there are storm collars on the B vents as well. I usually seal the pipe to the flashing and then slide the storm collar down good and tight to the flashing.

  3. #3
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    Special skills contractor needed?

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    Do you feel that a speciality contractor (roofer, HVAC) is needed for the job? Or would a general handyman service be able to do the needful?

    The house is a colonial with a titled roof so am concerned that a handyman may not have all the right equipment to negotiate the roof.

    Thanks once again...
    Homeowner

  4. #4
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    roofer
    How tall are you Private???!!!!

  5. #5
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    Dont you people work on roofs?

  6. #6
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    Cool contact a chimney sweep

    They specialize in venting and are very familiar with the clearances to combustibles, codes, and where to find the various brands if you need parts.

    If you just hire a roofer, he'll slather combustible goo all over the place. Sweeps know better (.. in general). Often the reason these things open up is they were improperly supported and installed. The sweep can get into the attic and check all this.

    Sweeps have the ridge hooks and chicken ladders for proper roof access. Make sure you tell him about your roofing material, pitch, etc. so he'll bring the right equipment. Just don't be afraid to pay him--it's a lot cheaper than a major water damage clean up or growing goobers in your attic.
    HTH,

  7. #7
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    Tend to agree, tile roofs are not to be messed with. Can do a lot of damage if you don't know what you are doing

  8. #8
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    Pic of the chimney

    Guys...

    I have posted a picture of the chimney/roof setup in Yahoo photos. The URL is as follows.
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/homeowner_ne/my_photos.

    The album is called HVAC-Talk and it has only one picture.

    Hopefully I have been using the right terminology in calling this roof a tiled roof.

    Thanks,
    Homeowner_ne

  9. #9
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    Apologize... Incorrect URL...

    The correct URL is

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/homeowner_ne/my_photos

    Thanks for your patience.
    Homeowner_ne

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