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Shingle Problem / Finding Vintage Hardware / Grunfos Circulating Pump

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2015 at 9:50 am

Q:

The shingles on the roof of our 4-year-old, remodeled home have started to curl at the ends. We contacted the builder who has yet to inspect the problem so our questions to you are:

Will the curling lead to a leaking roof?

What should we expect or demand from the builder?

Should we replace only the shingles that are curling or the entire roof to match color?

During the remodeling process he was cited for improper venting and had to add additional vents to the roof in order to pass inspection. Therefore, we are assuming that the roof is properly vented. What else could cause curling?

A:

The curling is usually a result of improper ventilation. Not just with the vents on the roof, but the soffit vents under the eaves as well. I’ve seen where there “appears” to be adequate roof and soffit ventilation but the openings in the roof sheathing or soffit boards are not there at all or cut open enough. Normally, an inspector would not find the problem during a routine inspection. Another possibility is that the insulation in the attic may be covering or obstructing the soffit vents.

Regarding your questions:

  1. The curling should not cause the roof to leak. It will make it look bad prematurely as well as lead to accelerated failure of the shingles. (Read that as premature failure).
  2. Depending on the amount of shingles that are bad, the builder may need to remove and replace the entire roof or possibly a few shingles. That depends on the severity of the problem. It should be easy to closely match four-year-old shingles without too much problem.
  3. One final thing. Most roofing manufacturers will send a representative out to inspect their shingles if there is a problem so make sure you know the brand of shingles on your roof.

Q:

I have a home that was built in the 1920’s and I am trying to locate a place that would sell some knobs and hardware from that period. Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

A:

Replications can be found locally at Russell Hardware, located at 36280 Woodward in Bloomfield Township (248-644-0100). You can also go to Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Company at 1977 East Maple in Walled Lake (248-669-7474).

Another source is one of my favorite publications, the Old House Journal. You can find it at any bookstore. In each edition they have ads from salvage yards and suppliers from around the country that can get you exactly what you are looking for.

The ‘Old House Journal’ also puts out an annual Restoration Products Directory as well as a Traditional Products publication that sell for $14.95, which includes shipping and handling. You can reach them at 800-826-3893 for customer service or get product information by going to www.oldhousejournal.com.

Q:

Every morning I have to let my hot water run for quite a long time before it gets hot. I insulated the pipes, but that didn’t seem to help. Help!

A:

Help is on the way. It takes the form of a Grundfos circulating pump.

Grundfos is a major, if not leading, manufacturer of pumps. A few years back, they introduced the comfort series instant hot water system that can be retrofitted onto any existing hot water tank.

The circulating pump keeps the water in your pipes constantly moving through the pipes and tank thereby giving you instant hot water. Normally what happens during the evening or while you are at work, the water remains stagnant and cools down. You have to wait until all the cooler water, which you previously heated, runs down the drain until you get to the hotter water.

What I especially like about the Grundfos system is the timer. It lets you automatically start circulating the water prior to the morning rush and stop during the day if you want. It accommodates your needs and lifestyle. According to Grundfos, the pump itself uses less energy then a 25-watt bulb and it saves up to 16,000 gallons of water per household. You will actually look forward to getting yourself in hot water!

Check with any licensed plumbing contractor for installation.

For more information call 1-913-227-3400 or visit www.grundfos.com.

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