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Wednesday, October 31, 2001 . The Malakoff News - PAGE 9B THIS IS A Rain Noise on a Metal Roof By Samantha Mazzotta Q: The extension on the back of our remodeled house was roofed using sheets of corrugated tin(it once was a kitchen, tacked on around 1930). When it rains, the noise from that roof is ter- rible. The area is now a work- room, but on rainy days no one can work in there. Any sugges- tions on dampening the sound? -- Lawrence J., Rome, Ga. A: Tin roofs were common parts of older homes dating from the early 20th century -- not to mention the small aluminum sheds that adorned the backyards of many a home in the past 50 years. It&apos;s rare to find a remod- eled house that still includes this roofing feature, for the reasons you outline above. Tm and alumi- num are quite durable, but once they begin to deteriorate, their de- mise is swift. The kitchen extension you de- scribe also became common in the 1930s and '40s, especially in southern states, as electric appli- ances replaced wood-burning stoves. Prior to that, many kitch- ens were completely separated from the house, since the con- stantly burning cookstoves cre- ated a lot of heat. k"\\;'c got c\\;'crvthing you nced to make vot,r place air-tight fir winter! Pipe Insulation  \\;Veadaer Stripping @ Door Bottoms @ Threshokts cind much, inuc:la i11o1c! If replacing the roof is not an option (and replacing it this late in the year is not advisable, any- way), work to minimize sound and decrease the chance of rust and leaks. Paint the top of the metal roof. Ask the salesperson at your lo- cal paint store what would best adhere to the tin. A coat of rust- preventive primer should go down first, followed by two or three more coats of paint. This barrier will muffle the raindrops slightly and slow deterioration. Next, a layer of sound-absor- bent material must be placed di- rectly against the underside of the roof. A sheet of latex foam (simi- lar to the egg-crate mattresses sold in camping departments) works well and is cost-effective. Home-improvement stores should carry sheets of different thickness; one-haft inch should be enough to lessen the noise. If these measures don't dimin- ish the rain noise enough, well, a pair of headphones can be a god investment, too. HOMETIP The door to my daughter's bed- room tended to swing open and shut too freely. To slow it down, my husband took the pin out of the top hinge, wrapped it once with cellophane tape, and then re- inserted it. The tape slowed the door down just enough, and it opens and closes smoothly. -- Jane D., Birmingham, Ala. Send questions or home repair tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, do King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2001 King Features Synd., Inc. HOIY00SE iiiiiiiiili i {ii!7{iiTi{:i ::ii!iTii{{i i{iiiiii i i!!ii iiii::e<  #{e:: {'i'7'ii ..........  ::! ii{i!e{?ii:i} Order early for Christmas! "Since 1984" 606 E. Tyler St. Athens, TX 75751 Phone: (903) 675-2346 AT DUNN'S... WE DO IT ALL Is 3 3ur Roof Ready For Winter? (NAPSA)-When looking to pro- tect your home against outside elements, it's a good idea to start at the top. That's because your roof is your home's first line of de- fense against the high winds, heavy rains, sleet and snow that occur in winter. Roof- ing contractors offer these suggestions: To avoid se- rious damage, and un- necessary expenses, it's a good idea to in- spect your roof before and after winter. Roof inspections can catch potential problems be- fore they can lead to extensive damage. Once water starts moving beyond your roof you will most likely need more than roof repairs to re- cover from the damage. To help prevent leaks, moisture seepage, and decay problems, check the "weak" points of your roof. Look for holes, tears or buckling in the flashings (pieces of metal used to seal any penetration) around roof stacks, vents, skylights, chimneys, and any other roof penetrations. Contractors esti- mate that more than 90 percent Flashings Inspect Shingles Especially At Roof Edge of roofing leaks occur in these areas. Next, visually inspect your roof for any damaged, loose or missing shingles, or any blistering or buckling of the shingles. Finally, check the roof edge where it is more suscep- tible to wind, driving rain and ice dams (when water freezes and backs up under the roofing system), and make sure shingles are firmly secured and sealed to the Inspect Valleys r o o f. Inspect and clean gutters, leaders, win- dow wells, and drains of all leaves and de- bris, and make sure gutters are firmly secured to the house. Direct downspouts away from the house foundation and clean them of any debris. A home is a major investment, and so is the roof. 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