To make room for the cricket, the author strips the roofing around the chimney.
To make room for the cricket, the author strips the roofing around the chimney.

When the call came to check out a leaking chimney, it didn’t take long to find the problem. Measuring nearly 7 feet wide, the chimney sat like a dam at the bottom of a steep roof, with no cricket to divert water around the sides. The existing flashing and counterflashing were poorly installed and had little chance of keeping out moisture.

To remedy a situation like this, I strip off the roofing around the chimney and tear out the old flashing. After repairing any damage to the sheathing, I install the cricket that should have been there in the first place, then flash everything with new copper. This project was no exception.

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