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Old 05-09-2011, 08:12 PM  
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WD40 will work also. Good job, now we'll see what happens when it rains. Did you see anything that looked like it was the leak source?
I had WD40, but I never know it works that way until now.

Yes, there is a gap between the window and shingles, so I caulked around the window. If it still leaks, at least I know it is not the problem of the skylight window.

Other than that, I can not find any apparent problems with the shingles.


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Can you post a pic of the skylight? As Joe said caulking is not a long term fix if it's exposed to UV.



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I have a similar issue in my upstairs bathroom. The people I bought the house from installed a skylight in the vaulted ceiling and when it rains really heavy I get a bubble right under the window. Can you please explain what you mean by using WD40 to do a temp repair? Also, what is a more permanent solution? I have a fairly steep pitch on my roof.

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I have a similar issue in my upstairs bathroom. The people I bought the house from installed a skylight in the vaulted ceiling and when it rains really heavy I get a bubble right under the window. Can you please explain what you mean by using WD40 to do a temp repair? Also, what is a more permanent solution? I have a fairly steep pitch on my roof.
You can use WD-40 to clean roof cement from your hand, fingers and tools after a repair. It is not used to fix a leak.

...and DIYchick, if that is truely you in your avatar I think you will not have any problem getting a roof repair done VERY inexpensively. Heck if you lived closer I'd do it for free just cause you posted it
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Rocker, I think the WD40 was mentioned as a product than can be used to remove roofing cement from one's hands, not as part of the repair itself. The best long-term method for fixing leaks is to find the exact source of water entry, and eliminate it (usually by means of re-directing the flow and closing the entry points). If your place has a steep pitch, you might consider paying someone to perform the repair, rather than risking a tumble (Ouch hurts!). Either a professional roofer, or even a skilled handyman with good references.

In the last 40 years, I've installed many skylights, and never had a leak. But I've inspected dozens of other people's installations (while doing home inspections), many of which did leak. The common problem with most of the leakers was improper flashing, either at the junction with the roof, or on top of the curb/lightshaft walls. One classic leaker had absolutely no flashing at all. The lady living there just accepted it, and lived with empty buckets in her bathroom, ready to catch the deluge every time it rained.

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although many reson could be there ..one main reason is that u have installed improper sky light...or it may contain water marks through leakage..



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