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MarillionFan
1st May 2012, 13:31
Not quite the actual frame but behind it.

During the continuous downpour of the weekend a guest in the spareroom said, there is a little bit of water dripping in during the night from above the window. By the next morning it was a downpour. Filled up three plastic containers in about 1 hour.

So with the rain lashing down and the wind blowing I shimmied up the ladder to the top of the house to have a look. Basically there is a beam outside the window frame which runs across the top, it looks like that was acting like a gutter and that any protection or seal it had on top has gone over the years. The water was then soaking in through the wall, and above the lintel where it must have saturated and then like a full sponge was running behind the window. I got some fella out to have a look and he recommended a temporary solution of some kind of tar/sealent from Wickes(??). He then failed to turn up yesterday to do it and on eventually contacting him today he's fecked off to Leicester.

Looks like I'm going to have to go up and do it myself tonight. Does anyone know what product he's talking about?

TimberWolf
1st May 2012, 15:25
Silicon sealant presumably. The stuff that when a professional does it comes out in one nice long continuous bead but when you do it goes everywhere. I stick masking tape down now and then run over it with a web thumb.

Troll
1st May 2012, 15:29
Silicon sealant presumably. The stuff that when a professional does it comes out in one nice long continuous bead but when you do it goes everywhere. I stick masking tape down now and then run over it with a web thumb.You fecking duck you....

Troll
1st May 2012, 15:33
Looks like I'm going to have to go up and do it myself tonight. Does anyone know what product he's talking about?

All Weather Roof Repair Mastic - Roof Repair Liquids - Roofing -Building Materials - Wickes (http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/191215)

or may be better with

trowel mastic (http://www.supremeplumb.com/cgi-bin/DMdatabase.cgi?action=/home/suprem13/public_html/cgi-bin/home/Shop/Building_Products/EVERBUILD_Putties.txt&item=00011)

MarillionFan
1st May 2012, 15:35
All Weather Roof Repair Mastic - Roof Repair Liquids - Roofing -Building Materials - Wickes (http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/191215)

or may be better with

trowel mastic (http://www.supremeplumb.com/cgi-bin/DMdatabase.cgi?action=/home/suprem13/public_html/cgi-bin/home/Shop/Building_Products/EVERBUILD_Putties.txt&item=00011)

That looks something like it. Highest point in the bloody house. I hate ladders.

Paddy
1st May 2012, 15:36
Not quite the actual frame but behind it.

During the continuous downpour of the weekend a guest in the spareroom said, there is a little bit of water dripping in during the night from above the window. By the next morning it was a downpour. Filled up three plastic containers in about 1 hour.

So with the rain lashing down and the wind blowing I shimmied up the ladder to the top of the house to have a look. Basically there is a beam outside the window frame which runs across the top, it looks like that was acting like a gutter and that any protection or seal it had on top has gone over the years. The water was then soaking in through the wall, and above the lintel where it must have saturated and then like a full sponge was running behind the window. I got some fella out to have a look and he recommended a temporary solution of some kind of tar/sealent from Wickes(??). He then failed to turn up yesterday to do it and on eventually contacting him today he's fecked off to Leicester.

Looks like I'm going to have to go up and do it myself tonight. Does anyone know what product he's talking about?

Portlights & Portholes by Discount Marine Supplies (http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/HATCHES_PORTS-Portlights_Portholes.html)

northernladuk
1st May 2012, 15:36
IMO you gotta get this sorted once and for all. I had problem with a leak in the roof and it took bloody ages to sort. All the guys that I got in had this annoying saying something along the lines of 'Water finds it's own way' which was their code for 'We haven't got a ****** clue but will charge you to try'.

Sticking a bit of this and a bit of that won't work and will end up pushing it somewhere you don't see until your wall falls down. Worth spending it a bit to save alot.

MarillionFan
1st May 2012, 15:37
Portlights & Portholes by Discount Marine Supplies (http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/HATCHES_PORTS-Portlights_Portholes.html)

I know it's wet, but I'm not turning the fecking house into an ark!

Troll
1st May 2012, 15:38
That looks something like it. Highest point in the bloody house. I hate ladders. You need.... a scaffold tower ( i hate working off ladders so invested in one of these (http://www.scaffold-tower.co.uk/?gclid=CLr1jNK1368CFQpd3wodpDUOEA)

MarillionFan
1st May 2012, 15:39
IMO you gotta get this sorted once and for all. I had problem with a leak in the roof and it took bloody ages to sort. All the guys that I got in had this annoying saying something along the lines of 'Water finds it's own way' which was their code for 'We haven't got a ****** clue but will charge you to try'.

Sticking a bit of this and a bit of that won't work and will end up pushing it somewhere you don't see until your wall falls down. Worth spending it a bit to save alot.

It's supposed to be a temporary solution when said 'handy man' is going to do the guttering, roof & pointing. I've got video of the water coming through. It was quite gobsmacking.

Troll
1st May 2012, 15:41
You need.... a scaffold tower ( i hate working off ladders so invested in one of these (http://www.scaffold-tower.co.uk/?gclid=CLr1jNK1368CFQpd3wodpDUOEA)... Oh and bonus points if you put it through your company :smokin

AtW
1st May 2012, 15:46
Buy new house.

DP

MarillionFan
1st May 2012, 18:22
All Weather Roof Repair Mastic - Roof Repair Liquids - Roofing -Building Materials - Wickes (http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/191215)



Excellent cheers. Just used it. Like toffee. No thanks, well done from Mrs MF of course, no just a moan that you could see the stuff from the road. FFS!

Halo Jones
2nd May 2012, 07:45
Excellent cheers. Just used it. Like toffee.


Just remember this is a temporary fix, you really need to get this resolved permanently, how old is the house as an initial guess would be that the DPC (damp proof course) or cavity tray has failed.
If you leave this be then the water will get into the cavity & rot any insulation you may have & get on to the inner skin & then into the house & low & behold its rotten plasterboard, skirting’s etc.

Troll
2nd May 2012, 08:01
Just remember this is a temporary fix, you really need to get this resolved permanently, how old is the house as an initial guess would be that the DPC (damp proof course) or cavity tray has failed.
If you leave this be then the water will get into the cavity & rot any insulation you may have & get on to the inner skin & then into the house & low & behold its rotten plasterboard, skirting’s etc.....still can't quite get used to a bird knowing about this kind of stuff

kaiser78
2nd May 2012, 08:05
That looks something like it. Highest point in the bloody house. I hate ladders.

Surely, just get some round to do it for you ? Saves a lot of hassle, mess and won't cost the earth to do.

MarillionFan
2nd May 2012, 08:24
Surely, just get some round to do it for you ? Saves a lot of hassle, mess and won't cost the earth to do.

I did do. I had it booked. As with what seems all workmen, he didn't show up. As it's a temp solution only I thought I'd do it. I mean what could go wrong? It's not as if I've got an Emu.

eek
2nd May 2012, 08:33
I did do. I had it booked. As with what seems all workmen, he didn't show up. As it's a temp solution only I thought I'd do it. I mean what could go wrong? It's not as if I've got an Emu.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4WZnb4BXV4

HTH

d000hg
2nd May 2012, 08:39
...Sounds like you could do with some rubber sheets. Didn't you get a jumbo pack when your rep was taken away?

MarillionFan
2nd May 2012, 08:42
Sounds like you could do with some rubber sheets. Didn't you get a jumbo pack when your rep was taken away?

People who live in S&M dungeons shouldn't throw rubber dildos. :eyes

Halo Jones
2nd May 2012, 11:47
....still can't quite get used to a bird knowing about this kind of stuff

Well it is my job :wink