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A friend recently gave me an 8x10 old metal shed thats been collecting junk for years. I have got it moved and all set up. Its going to be tiny workshop/ tool storage shed. I was putting up some shelves and such this afternoon in a rain storm and there are a couple leaks I need to seal up. It has a gambrel roof and the leaks seem to be coming in between the upper and lower roofs on each side. That makes sense because they manufacture simply cut the ribs and bent the ribbed panel so the same panel covers both the upper and lower roofs then put a trim piece over the seam. I attempted to seal the openings at each rib with foil tape when I put the shed back together but apparently that isn't working.

My plan unless I come up with something different is to take off the roof, run heavy plastic sheeting over the top and put the metal back on so the plastic catches any leaks and directs then outside.
 

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Why not cut the panels all the way and make up some pitch change flashing, and put the trim back on
That would work, but it would require $1500 in tools I don't have to accomplish.

The trim pieces are basically ridgecap with 1 1/2" legs.






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It doesn't have to look good, it's getting covered right? I would just cut it, screw trim coil into the lower roof, then bend the coil with your hand and screw the upper roof into place.

Or go get a few tubes of flex seal
 

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It doesn't have to look good, it's getting covered right? I would just cut it, screw trim coil into the lower roof, then bend the coil with your hand and screw the upper roof into place.

Or go get a few tubes of flex seal
It won't be covered, the trim piece on;y covers about 1 1/2" each side of the joint
 

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This is a picture I just found online of the shed. My camara is MIA as of late.

 

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Go buy a 5 gallon bucket of topcoat or knock off brand from tapco. It shouldn't cost more than 150.00-200.00. Just clean the surface really well and pressure wash if you can. Apply with sprayer or roller. Much cheaper and you will have some left over for future leaks. It's elastomeric and create a solid membrane. I would probably apply two coats and it doesn't look that bad.
 

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Go buy a 5 gallon bucket of topcoat or knock off brand from tapco. It shouldn't cost more than 150.00-200.00. Just clean the surface really well and pressure wash if you can. Apply with sprayer or roller. Much cheaper and you will have some left over for future leaks. It's elastomeric and create a solid membrane. I would probably apply two coats and it doesn't look that bad.
I could buy the tin to re roof that for under $150. Way cheaper then what?
 

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Go buy a 5 gallon bucket of topcoat or knock off brand from tapco. It shouldn't cost more than 150.00-200.00. Just clean the surface really well and pressure wash if you can. Apply with sprayer or roller. Much cheaper and you will have some left over for future leaks. It's elastomeric and create a solid membrane. I would probably apply two coats and it doesn't look that bad.
I suspect the leaks are coming from the cut ribs being bent over the corner leaving a 1/2" gap as each rib bends. I suspect an elastomer coating isn't going to bridge that gap very well.
 

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Dustincoc said:
I suspect the leaks are coming from the cut ribs being bent over the corner leaving a 1/2" gap as each rib bends. I suspect an elastomer coating isn't going to bridge that gap very well.
Perhaps not...
 

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Ha. Don't listen to me. Though he could rent a break for $50.00 at sunbelt tools. I mean or you wanted the bends to look nice.
 

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You know, after giving this puzzling enigma a few hours of intense thought, conducting experiments in my mind in order to deduce what is causing this grievous issue you are experiencing with your new acquired shed, I have come to the conclusion that:

1. you have a leak in the roof caused by one or more hole(s), cut(s), slice(s) in the surface of the roof envelope.

2. In order to alleviate this condition the best advice I can give you is to plug the offending hole(s), cut(s), slice(s) to the roof system with something.



I hope this will help you in your future endeavors and at least guide you to a satisfactory conclusion to this perplexing conundrum.

Now don't thank me too profusely, if yu wish to thank me the best way is make a small donation (a significant donation is better) in my name to me.


Andy.
 

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I could buy the tin to re roof that for under $150. Way cheaper then what?
I can get the tin for about $60.

Ha. Don't listen to me. Though he could rent a break for $50.00 at sunbelt tools. I mean or you wanted the bends to look nice.
The nearest sunbelt tools is 124.3 miles away. I'd spend twice that much in gas just to get it. I know of no place locally that rents brakes. Anyone that uses one just buys one.
 

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Those sheds are junk.. They rust out in no time.. Just save yourself some money and time and throw a tarp over it..
 
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Those sheds are junk.. They rust out in no time.. Just save yourself some money and time and throw a tarp over it..
My original plan was to take the roof off and run plastic dropclothes then put the roof back on so that any leaks are directed outside the walls.

I realize these sheds aren't that great and this one is almost 10 years old. Its got a bit of rust in spots. Hence why I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on it. I eventually plan to frame wooden shed on the base I built for it but this has to do for now.
 

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I've got a couple of those sheds, I got the 10x14. I got them on clearance at Lowe's for $75. They come with a roll of duct tape, You pull the ridge caps, install a length of tape down the seam, re-install the caps, problem solved...: Thumbsup:
 

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I've got a couple of those sheds, I got the 10x14. I got them on clearance at Lowe's for $75. They come with a roll of duct tape, You pull the ridge caps, install a length of tape down the seam, re-install the caps, problem solved...: Thumbsup:
I put foil tape on the seam when I put it together.
 
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