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Kick-out flashing is critical where a roof edge meets a sidewall. Without it, roof runoff flows down the wall and possibly into the wall. This is worst when there is a door or a window below and water can seep behind the trim. You might not notice it for years, but eventually rot will destroy sheathing and framing. In extreme cases, the stucco is the only thing holding up the wall! Don’t wait for that to happen to you. To see how to add kick-out flashing, read Use a Kick-Out Flashing to Stop ...
Common knowledge, neighborly advice, old wives’ tales, and “the way my parents did it” all share one important characteristic: Sometimes they're just plain wrong. You may have picked up a few home repair and improvement hints along the way from well-intentioned peers, but these ideas can often produce ineffective, ugly, or even damaging and dangerous results. Here are just a few examples of things you may be doing wrong—and some suggestions for alternative methods.