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    Default teeny roof drain

    Can someone 'splain to me why the drain on this flat(ish) front porch roof is soooo small?
    It drains into a normal size downspout.

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    Default Re: teeny roof drain

    My guess would be that that was an area that had some ponding and not the main roof drain. Did the main roof drain by other means? Looks like a typical bathtub type of drain. Would get stopped up easily, especially by a roofed ball or something.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Barnicle View Post
    My guess would be that that was an area that had some ponding and not the main roof drain. Did the main roof drain by other means? Looks like a typical bathtub type of drain. Would get stopped up easily, especially by a roofed ball or something.
    This is the only drain on the front porch roof. The house is a twin, and the neighbor's drain is in the mirror opposite location, only the normal size. The downspout discharges into an old cast iron pipe directly below, so this is where the porch has been draining for a very long time.


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    He found it in the back of the shop so he put it in.

    Ron


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Arnold View Post
    The house is a twin, and the neighbor's drain is in the mirror opposite location, only the normal size.
    John,

    The plumber probably just 'forgot about it' until they were on the roof, then he said '$hit, there are TWO of dees roofs ... (turns to his helper) ... Billy Bob, run down to the truck and git me one of dem shower drains we got.'

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    Drain? Looks like a gun shot to me.


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    I'm thinking it might be a lead flashing for about a 3/4'' or 1'' conduit,installed upside down.


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    I have a question about a house I inspected a few days ago. The house is six years old and has a full basement. Three of the four sides of the exteior was fine but one side had foam attached to the foundation with some sort of "thinset" or morter material attached to it. It looked like it had alot of patch work done to it recently. Also, the inside of this wall had vertical crack extending from the top of the wall to the basement floor but it showed no sings of water.

    Can anyone tell me why one side has this material on it?

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    This should not be in the "Roofing" section, but what the hey...

    It looks apparent to me that someone is trying to hide the exterior cracks with the thin set-- every poorly too, if I might add.

    RR


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    Thank you Richard... Sorry about the roofing section.


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    Default Re: Foudation question

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Runchey View Post
    ...Also, the inside of this wall had vertical crack extending from the top of the wall to the basement floor but it showed no sings of water...
    That's a relatively nasty looking crack, what with being quite a bit wider at the top than the bottom. I'd defer to a PE.


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    Thanks John... I recommended a strucural engineer to evaluate.


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    Default Re: teeny roof drain

    While an explanation to John's may seem simple and obvious...try this one.
    This is the "design team" at it again.

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    Lazyiness or perhaps they didn't want to have a downspout in the front top of the house.


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