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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:05 pm 
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One side of the porch roof has come loose from the wall. Is there any way of repairing it without dismantling the whole structure?

Thanks in advance for any replies.


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If the ledger plate for the rafters needs fixing back, there's no way I can see to do that without removing two or three rows of tiles at the top and putting some bolts in there.

It looks like it's moved out at the bottom as well judging by the paint line on that return plate, I'd want to find out why it's moved, (and maybe how long ago).

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I agree , there's really not a way to repair without taking at least some of it apart . It does look like the horizontal member has moved and looking at the close proximity and frankly badly designed down pipe and guttering it wouldn't surprise me if it's moved because it's started to rot.


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Acro it back into position, fit a new/full gallows bracket bolted to the wall.


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Grendel wrote:
I agree , there's really not a way to repair without taking at least some of it apart . It does look like the horizontal member has moved and looking at the close proximity and frankly badly designed down pipe and guttering it wouldn't surprise me if it's moved because it's started to rot.



Direct me to the badly designed down pipe and guttering.


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First picture , bottom of the red circle. Downpipe is emptying into the gutter right at the end . Bit off debris , failed end joint or even just a lot of flow and it splashes over or overflows wetting the timber .


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Thanks for the quick responses.

The porch roof has been like this for the past 15+ years. I’m only looking to repair it now because I’m going to rent out the house.

The guttering is all new from an extension built last year, there wasn’t any down pipe there before and there’s no sign of rot on the porch roof.

I’ll take the advice given and take it apart.

My only gripe was that there’s no way to take the tiles off without breaking them as they’re all stuck together.

Is this a one-person job? The wood does look really heavy.


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The tiles won't be stuck together , even the pointing visible at the ends isn't really gluing them together. Carefully bend up the flashing at the top trying not to crack or kink it to reveal the topmost course of tiles . These may be nailed but will lever up easily . I doubt if all the tiles are nailed but even if they are it's not that difficult to lift them.
It's more than possible to do it single handed . As Cotswolds says put a prop under it , or even a piece of timber , to take the weight and then work on it.


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Thanks for the tip, Grendel.

I'll do that.


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I've taken the tiles off and removed a plank of wood.

Can someone give me an idea of the best way to fix the wood back onto the brickwork.

I've attached a photo (looking down from above). I don't understand how the roof was original secured (NB it was built at the same time at the house c.1930's Scott and Speedy).

It looks like it was just secured using the existing mortar.

Should I use anchor bolts or plain bolts, do i need to use plugs?

Appreciate any help.


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