Shed dry again

Aug 6, 2014

First real test of shed with the heavy rain last night.

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200 litre water butt almost filled fromempty

No sign of water in the shed. A relief.

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Previously the threshold to the shed would be soaked with water as rain leaked in. now it has remained dry. I will pop out in the rain to see the gutters in action.

I probably come across as less than ecstatic about this positive outcome. I have some small satisfaction that I correctly isolated the problems and came up with effective solutions. But to fix all the leaks took far too long, cost far too much and ultimately should have been unnecessary since the errors were basic and could easily have been avoided when the thing was built. It is disappointing when you pay a lot of money to people you believe know what they are doing and they turn out to be incompetent. I wish I had kept a photo of the roof beams that had been cut to slivers at their ends and were cracking to the point of failure. Again completely unnecessary to make that way and costly to fix.

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Ok. This is the last “patch up” of the shed roof before a major overhaul when I can be guaranteed a dry weekend. The idea this time was to identify those junctions and gaps where water could be entering, then seal them with wide flashband. A youtube video suggested I could heat the tape to melt the bitumen slightly with a hot air stripper and improve adhesion but not use a gas torch.

Well I only had a gas torch
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so I took a chance with that. I have caught the surface of the tape in a few places but I don’t think that has compromised the effectiveness of the tape.
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And here are the pictures of the finished result.
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So that cost £30 for the tape and about 2 hours of work.

Shed door leak

Dec 24, 2013

Currently, the major source of water ingress to the shed is when water runs down the sliding doors then under and into the shed.
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I bought today from B&Q a rubber draught excluder strip. The door is supposed to lightly press against the strip a the door swings closed against the frame, not slide along it. I am trying to use it so that as surface water runs vertically down the door it hits the rubber and runs away from the door. We shall see.
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Flash Harry

Nov 24, 2013

I am trying to stop water getting in the corners of the shed which seems the biggest problem at the moment. Also I wanted to protect the exposed edge of the plywood board that secures the edge of the roof felt.  I had plenty of flashing tape, a flexible plastic band with bitumen on other side. The tape should be self adhesive but I tacked it in place to make it more secure.
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We shall see if this helps. I really sense if the eaves of the roof could be extended this would help a great deal but taking the roof off and replacing some of the panels would be very expensive in terms of labour and materials.