The Cross House

The NE Corner

A few shingles needed to be replaced…


….so, done!


Some shingles are cracked but otherwise OK. In such instances I slip a piece of galvanized flashing behind the crack. Then I infill the crack with caulk. But caulk will eventually fail. The flashing though assures protection from water infiltration till the end of time.




10 Responses to The NE Corner

  1. The metal flashing repair is a great idea!

    When I would replace clapboards (before we owned a brick house), I would use similar backup strips of tarpaper at butt joints when replacing clapboards. It was probably overkill, but made me feel better.

  2. You seriously need to document all of your restoration solutions and compile them into a book. I do believe that you could teach Tom Silva and Norm Abrams a thing or two!

    • It never ceases to amaze me that people believe that comparing one to the TV “experts”, who are shills for the advertisers’ new products, is considered a compliment. The thing that I like is that RESTORING THE CROSS HOUSE simply tells what tried and true, or inexpensive but innovative, solution has worked for Ross rather than choosing which “hot” new expensive product to promote. I am not saying that it is not a great idea to promote hot new products that work, it is that that is not the purpose of this blog.
      One of the beauties of this blog is that it gives us all the opportunity to give home improvement network stars a run for their money without overspending anyone’s money in the process.

      • I was being sarcastic; sorry if it came across as serious. This Old House hasn’t really been about restoration for years. I get angry at HGTV so much that I have pretty much stopped watching it; I have learned a lot from this blog, and was trying to pay Ross a compliment.

        • Mike, I am sorry. Life has not been going my way as much lately, and I didn’t mean to take it out on you.
          -My comment was meant to say that I find Ross’s integrity far superior to that of the people who write or convey information on the restoration of old houses for the money.
          -To me it seems that there is a conflict of interest where advertisers’ profit margins may be the reason for decisions made in the repairs as opposed to the most accurate restoration decisions. An example of conflicts might be that you will never sell laminate floors if you restore the originals. You might get more money with that choice and lots more like it because advertising dollars will go to the one who promotes the most of the advertiser’s products. It will also allow one to charge more per space because demand for those spaces will go up.

  3. Very innovative! Working on the NE corner must be very satisfying. Can’t wait to see the end results!

  4. -The flashing is a great idea!
    -You might slit a sliver off the side or face of another shingle to fill the gap, and use an exterior glue to hold it in place, rather than using caulk. Although it is preferable to have the sliver be the length of the old shingle, this gap is likely to have been caused by one of the nails that holds the split shingle in place. The gap filler only needs to extend under the shingle above, not needing to go past the offending nail. Due to old paint, the best glue joint will be between the wood under the shingle above and the sides of new shim.
    -Wood shingles are made by splitting wood from a log. They can be split off without the taper which comes from flipping the log after each time one splits a shingle off.

  5. A blog I follow from California, Casa Decrepit, is having a professional restoration guy do their repairs and he is using epoxy fill on the exterior (actually any wood), which is then sanded before painting–it looks incredibly smooth when finished .. any thoughts on this?

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