Yes, the box gutters are still there. The plan was/is to duplicate the originals. Since metal fabricating is something I am not familiar with, I just need a place to start. I'm not sure of the best way to bend the metal (bender/brake, really big hammer), which metal is the best to use, how do I secure the joints/corners/downspout attachments (solder, roofing cement)? I know that it is really not that difficult, but I need to to know the best way a DIY'er like myself can accomplish this. Over the past few years I've found just about everything I needed in books, but I've come up short in the box gutter publication area. (BTW, I won't be starting this project until april/may 2001)
Oh yeah, the slate shingles.... My roof still has the original slates from 1890. Well, most of it at least. There were a few minor modifications and changes that I plan on returning to their original state. Plus, I will be installing ridge vent(s) as well (The Slate Book -- au. Stearns, Stearns, and Meyer) The condition of the slate is not that bad, but it is not that good either. Some of the slate is in various stages of delaminating, cracking, and just at the the end of it's life. Also, most of the roof system is fairly steep pitched so it has prolonged the life of the slate quite well. After removing the slate, I predict that 66%-50% of it will be re-useable. BUT, does anyone know how long it will last if I put it back up there??? Another 100 years or only a few years until the salvaged slates fail. I am not opposed to "modern, hi-tech" solutions like the slate look-a-likes from Crowe Building Products. I am looking for a solution that is easy to work with and will alleviate me from doing any roof work on my house for the rest of my life (well, most of it at least, I'm only 35) except for cleaning the gutters a 2x/year.
Also, I'm looking for a reference for HVAC ductwork. i.e. location of vents and intakes, should they be installed on inside or outside walls, baseboard or ceiling height. How large should the ducts be and how do I zone the whole mess. And to complicate matters, I have not one, but two 100,000 BTU forced air furnaces.
Anyone know of any box gutter or HVAC references, printed or human will do;-)
Thanks, John Kapusta firstname.lastname@example.org