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My old friend and former neighbor, Antoine did all his own maintenance and repairs.  I really wish I was doing home inspections when he still lived here.

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Here is his roof.  I remember laughing out loud the first time I looked up and saw it.  Antoine’s roof might be the most conventional part of his house–but that is another post.  Tony had collected odd bundles of 3-tab shingles and just put them on one bundle at a time.  I use to tease him he should have sorted the shingles the way slate roof installers do and then he would have had a random mix of the shingles. (So, if you see a slate roof where the colors are bunched in areas, then the installer didn’t shuffle the slates and may have cut corners in other ways as well.)

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Of course the flashing along brick sidewall is all wrong–it’s putty and goo.

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But this roof is at least 25 years old and except for the flashing, it’s not in that bad of shape–for its age.

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close up of bad flashing job, he ran the shingles up on to the wall and gooped.

We miss you Tony.

JF