As I tentatively venture out of the Tavern to ask a real question (please be kind and remember I’m a homeowner):
Our house has a chimney that looks like it was added on after the original construction. It runs up outside the house on the gable end and through the ridge line of the roof with a gap of about an inch (depending on where on the beveled 5/4″ siding you look) between chimney and house. We have some serious evidence of water damage in the basement beneath this chimney and I suspect that poor (like NO) flashing is the culprit. I have some handle on what should be done at the roof for flashing, but I’m a little lost on what should be done for the siding/brick interface. The siding runs behind the chimney, and I’m not ripping off the whole side of the house (or the chimney) in order to get step flashing behind it. So what should I do here? I think I may end up doing this myself, because nobody is going to want to take on such a small job when they could be doing roofs in one of the many mcMansion developments going up, or applying cedar shingles to a Novell exec’s house.
Thanks for any advice!