A new shop in the making #12: Here comes the amateur roofer! life time guarantee on this one!

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 06-22-2008 01:08 AM 1471 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Sheeted in and ready for the roof Part 12 of A new shop in the making series Part 13: The electrical is done - the roof is done! »

Today marks the first time I tacked shingles since I was 16 years old. ( apparently, there is a lot I forgot)
Thanks to you generous folks who pointed me in the right directions and several tours of Internet I am well on the way to getting the roof done tomorrow. The big draw back today was the sun.
I was so hot on the tar paper that you could not touch it or even sit on it.
The heat was definitely in the 140 -160°F range.
I got the flashing figured out and the starter course on by around 10:AM and then toted and tacked the first few bundles of shingles till my bum was on fire.
I will be up on the roof at 7:00 tomorrow and have everything laid out for a 9:00 start as the city restricts hammering earlier than this.
I have managed to haul 4 or five bundles to the shop on my garden truck then break the bundles to carry them to the roof. They are too heavy for me now . (Oh to be young again!)
It’s a few more trips but then again it still gets her done.

Here’s where I am as of noon today.
Not what you might call respectable by roofing standards but I feel pretty good about it.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 06-22-2008 01:13 AM

Looks good Bob! Don’t cook your brisket up there…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 06-22-2008 01:26 AM

Try sitting on a phone book. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 06-22-2008 02:06 AM

With it that hot, you might try a cook book. LOL


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 06-22-2008 02:42 AM

Hi Bob;

Looking real good. No soda bottles on the ground or nothing.LOL

When I built my shop. I ordered the shingles on a Friday. The company couldn’t deliver them until Monday, but they would load them on the roof with their truck.

Since I wanted to work on it over the weekend, I opted to take them with me in my truck. It rained the entire weekend, so I couldn’t install a single shingle.

Plus I had to carry every bundle up to the roof by myself, on the hottest days of summer. I would wait until midnight or so, and then carry them up for the next days work.

Now I am smarter and would hire a roofer.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 06-22-2008 05:08 AM

I know what you mean to be young again. My youngest son works with me on the roofs, when he started his legs would shake as he went up the ladder with a bundle of shingles. I would throw a bundle on my shoulder an spring up the ladder, now he sprints up the ladder and I break the bundles in half. When you are roofing for a living, the hotter the roof gets the faster you move. Have fun the roof looks good from my house, watch your feet in the heat so you don’t scar the shingles.

-- Ron Central, CA

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Al Navas

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#6 posted 06-22-2008 03:21 PM


Total determination, is the best way I can describe your effort – and a GREAT outcome!

We built our new shop almost four years ago – I tried getting on the roof and doing some this myself, just to try it out. I may have lasted a total of 45 seconds on the roof – in November … with the sun low in the morning … and the sun low in the afternoon … only 55°F outside.

Another way to put it: My hat’s off to anyone who can do roofing! This job is best done by much younger people than myself :-) !!!

Well done!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#7 posted 06-22-2008 03:33 PM

Looking good. Thank you for the update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-22-2008 04:28 PM

The guys I bought the shingles from put the heavy ones on the bottom of the pile.
I have been toting them since 7:00 this morning and I am sure the heavy ones were last! <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 06-22-2008 04:59 PM

...reminds me of a roofing story…when the police came to our house on an early morning last summer (we got robbed,) there was a roofing crew on the neighbors house hammering shingles…(we don’t have the 9am restriction out in the sticks….) Anyway, when the police cruiser came up the street, half the roofing crew jumped off the back of the roof and ran down the alley. You’ve joined an elite fraternity, Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 06-22-2008 06:00 PM

Nice job Bob . I have done lots of shingling myself and it is definitely hard on the old body . I like the choice you went with for the shingles .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#11 posted 06-24-2008 04:35 AM

I was taking a break from shingling a roof and talking to a sheriff. I stated that the best place to find a roofer was fresh out of jail, he works good for six months and then is back in jail. The sheriff told me they teach them to roof in jail. I hope no roofers where offended, I have been roofing over 37 years and I could tell some good stories.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#12 posted 06-24-2008 05:35 AM

HI Guys:
It rained all day yesterday after I pulle ddown my tarp but today the sun came out and I got one side nearly finished ( two more courses and about 12 more courses on the other side then I can cap it and get down to do the siding. Oh Joy!. At least it’s progress. <g>

I had a roofer do my shingles on the house with cedar and the day he finished he passed some bad paper and wrote me from jail as he violated his parole . ( Armed robbery)

This time it willbe different as the roofer is not going to jail – I hope!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 06-24-2008 10:02 AM

I hope your not talking centigrade Bob. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 06-25-2008 10:06 PM

Thanks for the lead to your site! I did not put an extension on for dust collection. Maybe another year. It’s hot up there drink plenty of water, not to cold or it will cramp you all the way down the ladder. Great job! I wouldn’t mind if you sent the rain this way…

Another year, Another drought

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#15 posted 06-25-2008 10:13 PM

Elaine can you run a 6” PVC pipe under the floor or is it too late?
That’s how I intend to handle mine . I have just enough space to run it on the ground under the flloor.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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