How Not To Patch A Metal Roof

Phil’s trying to find out how bad the patch job on a metal roof was. We are fixing what someone else did. The trailer is rental property that belongs to the customer.

We recommended a new metal roof, but they just want us to patch it and stay within their budget. This is the first video I’ll have another video of him repairing the roof.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Quick story of John being an idiot-you can skip, but amusing
01:15 Digging the old patch off, see how bad it is
01:55 They tried to seal it up with caulking, multiple times
02:40 No screws holding the piece of metal, just caulking
03:30 They were trying, but you can’t have that much movement on a patch
03:50 We recommended a metal roof, but customer said no
05:55 This was to patch a skylight
07:00 Why we do the videos
09:45 Not a good idea been caulked at least 3 times
10:30 And the metal has rusted through
11:48 Be an American not an American’t

Hi, I’m Phil Bridges, owner of Straight Arrow Repair. Ever want to know how a repairman fixes things? Well come with me, and I’ll show you how I solve problems. Let’s make things better together.

Was that downhill?

“I was coming down a big ole hill. I had 2 jugs of water on the handle bars just hauling ass. I was racing everybody. We got down there and I crossed the finish line and I thought YEAH wham-balm-balammadam. My sister come over flung them needles and shake like that. When she got done I said pour some alcohol on that and now let’s go. Poured alcohol on it and she was like don’t that hurt. I said alcohol don’t hurt when it’s fresh. She got hurt couple weeks later poured alcohol on it… WAHHA. My sister can’t be told.”

Hey, let me have a hammer or something to dig this loose stuff off.

“You want a hammer.”

Hey, we don’t always have that much fun. We just go through all the whole bunch of trash in the third trailer load out of this house and we’ve got poorly another and we tear up the floor but there’s a big roof leak and I’ll show you the result when we get up here.

We’re going to seal this up. But this is so bad, take a look at some of these cracks.

“Where you want that hammer? Right in front of you?”

Yeah, so they just sealed out with caulking.

“Sealed that up with caulking, ha ha ha.”

Yeah. That’s why I don’t like caulking because it shrinks. It does this kind of thing, moves around.

“I don’t think you’ve got enough tar.”

I don’t know if I do. we got two gallons.

“Hey Phil, caulking is $2 and tar is $5.”

I guess. Silicone is $8 a tube, now. They got no screws holding this metal.

“No, they got one screw there.”

They got one screw, ok. One screw. I’m going to need a quarter inch bit and some roofing screws there’s some in. Some in the truck somewhere.


I need some roofing screws, quarter inch bit and a scerw gun. Yeah, I know. They were trying. They just didn’t know the results would be this bad, but maybe they weren’t around whenever they came this bad. But that kind of movement. Is not going to. Allow anything to stay together. I’m going to recommend they put a metal roof on this, but they haven’t listened to my recommendations, at all. The owners.

These are not, where they live. This is their rentals. And they got all these people, that tell them that they did a good job, and didn’t. But you know, I don’t want to be mean about, you know, oh I know everything. It’s just people don’t know any better. And I’ll give it that. I’m not saying they’re bad people. There are bad people. They may not have known any better. That was holding. A big old glob of whatever on these screws. Just the screws, is the only thing that they were covering. Might need a broom too, John.


I might need a broom too I think there should be…

“A broom?”

Yeah. That’s all loose. So guess there was a skylight here. And this is how they fixed it. I don’t know for a fact. I was told that. Wooh. Um, I mean there was probably a time when I first started. I didn’t know any better either. So, I’m not going to. And this is why I’m doing these videos is not only for the people in this area to get to know that I know a little bit about this, or a lot.

It’s so that you can learn. From what I’ve learned, nobody teh… I don’t… I did have some people teach me some things. Believ me, the thigs that they taught me I’ve learned a lot since then. And I love those people. They were nice to me. Loved me, some of them. Family even.

They just don’t know what I know from experience. So I’m teaching you what you can do. I don’t think so. I can look there’s another bag underneath there too. Brown looking. I think. Get all this loose stuff off.

This is cracking. This is not, not a good idea. It’s been caulked at least three times Tared a few times. Woah, that’s not good.

The metal is so, been leaking so long that it’s rusted out right there. So that’s been collecting… It’s a hole. It’s all rusted out, at least right there. We may have to run and go get some flashing or something because this is. Either that, or I can take all the screws out slide down.

“Then you might have a hole up here.”

Is there?

“Well if you slide down you might get a hole.”

There will definitely be holes where the screws are. It’s rusted out right here. The bottom of the metal.

This is Phil Bridges, if you like what you saw and think it might be helpful to somebody else, push that like button and let other people know what you and I know, and we’ll work together toward making a brighter future. By the way, we’re not Amera-Can’ts we’re Americans. See you next time.

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