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    Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -- it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

    John Ruskin


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    very impressive!

    What kind of seam did you use to join the sections?

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    That is called a "Standing Seam"
    If you really know how it works, you have an execellent chance of fixin' er up!

    Tomorrow is promised to no one...

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    The base for the weathervane is hidden under the "little roof" on top (duh, I know ).

    I had to rebuild the base for the weathervane because the screws were all rusty and one broke. The base is cast pot metal and it required Helicoil inserts for the repair. Sorry, no pics of the base.

    There is a flat copper panel on top of the large roof that is soldered to the other 4 sides. This is leakproof. The weathervane base is mounted on that with stainless screws. The whole assembly was embedded in polyurethane roof sealant. The "little roof" on top is just to hide the ugly base and divert most of the water and sunshine. Three sides are tack soldered (tinned underneath so it is hidden) and one panel is removable.

    A solid wood block was made underneath the peak for solid mounting of the vane. It was given a coating of Liquid Nails, so it isn't going anywhere.

    The copper was wrapped under the roof and fastened with copper nails. No starter strip, but it isn't going anywhere in this lifetime.

    The homeowner was very attached to the weathervane, but it was originally designed to mount directly to the roof of the home. Someone stuck it on top of the original cupola with a whole lot of pop rivets, straps and tar to keep the water out.

    This was originally a store bought cupola purchased to replace the old one. The "new" top was paper thin copper for the roof and a 1" strip stapled and siliconed where you see standing seams. The homeowner asked me to fix it because it felt cheap.

    [Edited by neophytes serendipity on 11-26-2005 at 09:54 AM]
    Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -- it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

    John Ruskin


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    I thought it might be a standing seam, but couldn't see the raw edge in the pictures.... thought maybe I missed out on some new trick joint

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    neo are you 73? or 265?
    FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE!!

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    Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -- it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

    John Ruskin


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