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Class is in session, Stu.

How often do you rethatch?
When is there too much up there and it needs a stripping?
How do you flash a chimney to thatch?
Just a few questions for now.
Thanks for humoring us dumb yanks. We never see thatch in Ohio. 馃榿

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What is under that? Just perlins? 1x6? Open space?

How do you keep the mice and other critters out and what does it look like from inside?

Here, if I had a pile of basically grass or reeds, it would be full of mice within a week.

Huanta virus would be my worry here.

Not knocking it, but just another Yank with absolutely no idea about thatch. I assume it works, since it's been used for centuries or even longer.

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How long does a thatch roof last?

Is it normal to re ridge it?


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Thatch lasts anywhere from 15- 60 years. It depends on various factors. The type of thatch is one. Water reed is the best, wheat straw and long straw not so good. A very damp climate shortens it's life as well.
Also depends how good the thatcher is. Pack it too loose and it leaks, too tight and it can't breathe and rots.
Ridges are always done with long straw as it bends over the top, so only last about 10 years. Getting the ridge done is really important with thatch
 

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Discussion Starter · #25 ·
Class is in session, Stu.


When is there too much up there and it needs a stripping?
How do you flash a chimney to thatch?
Just a few questions for now.
Thanks for humoring us dumb yanks. We never see thatch in Ohio. 馃榿

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It can be over thatched if it's worn down a bit thin and it's not rotted. Sometimes the lot gets stripped.
Flashing around the chimney is done with a sand/cement fillet. Not sure if you can see it in the photo. Can't use lead like for slates or tiles and it won't dress down on the thatch.
 

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It can be over thatched if it's worn down a bit thin and it's not rotted. Sometimes the lot gets stripped.
Flashing around the chimney is done with a sand/cement fillet. Not sure if you can see it in the photo. Can't use lead like for slates or tiles and it won't dress down on the thatch.
Another artform in itself.

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What is under that? Just perlins? 1x6? Open space?

How do you keep the mice and other critters out and what does it look like from inside?

Here, if I had a pile of basically grass or reeds, it would be full of mice within a week.

Huanta virus would be my worry here.

Not knocking it, but just another Yank with absolutely no idea about thatch. I assume it works, since it's been used for centuries or even longer.

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Rafters and purlins. Has to be a steep pitch for thatch.
Rats can be a problem, like birds and squirrels. Grey ones that came over from the USA are worse than the native Reds.
Never heard of that virus, is it like Covid?;)
Used to be a cheap method of roofing years ago when people who worked the land used it, but nowadays it can be expensive.
I built an extension about 10 years ago and used Welsh slate for that.
 

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It's a mouse virus. Rare, but we always, OK, usually, wear a respirator when working where mouses might be.

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Ridge is finished now. My wife asked for an American Bald Eagle on the roof and a Colorado Rattler. Never seen these animals so I need you guys to tell me if he has done this right before I pay him.
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Stu,

The snake looks fine, but I鈥檓 no expert on west coast snakes.

Bad news, that鈥檚 not an eagle. Kinda looks like a cross between a cardinal and a small peacock. I wouldn鈥檛 pay in full until it鈥檚 fixed.


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looks like a roadrunner to me, another famous Amrican bird :)
 

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I'll tell the wife it's a roadrunner then. If it can kill a rattlesnake it's a lot tougher than any of our local birds. Seem to remember one from the cartoons.
 

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Around here, (Pacific Northwest, USA) you can get plastic owls to scare away birds and mice.

Might be worth a search on Amazon or the internet?




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Dunno, a rubber snake is forgivable, but something as grand as a bald eagle deserves some craftsmanship. Though I have no clue how you'd practically accomplish that with reed work.
 

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Luckily for me my wife does not go on the computer much, so she can't see my posts. When I first got it she didn't want it in the house as she had heard about computer viruses and thought they were dangerous.
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