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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #6: Shingled Out

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-18-2007 07:19 AM 3405 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The paint was peeling, many shingles were missing, or severely damaged. The rafter tails were rotted. It was time to paint.

We quickly removed the a.c. unit from the front of the house and the rat highway (Palm tree).

We found a painter through a neighbor (Good fortune since he painted the house whose colors we liked).

Did I mention the missing shingles?

These are actually redwood barn shakes that come in 36” lengths. For my house’s design they are cut into 18” lengths. After 90 years they are britlle like glass and they get broken during removal.

Above I use my mitre saw to cut the shingles to length. You can also just score them with a utility knife and then snap them.. But the power saw let me cut several at once. Big chunks of the driveway side were damage or coverd with plywood.


I love my nail gun.

Shingle work does require a little planning ahead so that you don’t have to face nail too many. I learned a slick method where you set the shingle low. Angle nail up under the top shingle and then knock the shingle upward with a wood block so that the nails remain hidden. Though the nail gun really solves all of this.

I also learned to chamfer the corners together to create a tight seam.

Meanwhile the painters were busy scraping… and sanding… and scraping…

Color


After the painters were done… We decided we did not like the columns painted white. So we went out by ourselves and started painting them again.

The finished paint job with more planting in the front. I also made some wood screens.

It is swell. 5 colors in all.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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WayneC

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#1 posted 06-18-2007 07:21 AM

Wow. It is looking wonderful. I’ve always had a softspot for craftsman homes.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-18-2007 12:24 PM

bravo!!
(and the flower bed out front really makes a difference to the already “made a difference”. )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 06-18-2007 02:38 PM

Impressive Giz. I enjoy watching other people working.

Is that a dimensional shingle on your home? I have to do a roof job on my house here in about a month. Tear-off and all new gutters and overhang. I cried when I saw the total bill!

Who’s the gardener in the family?

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 06-18-2007 03:00 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the comments.

Panama…. it is a standard roof… 20 year… we did not do that… It was the only thing ready when we arrived… along with an earthquate retroffited foundation.

My wife is the gardener.. but I am the digger.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#5 posted 06-18-2007 03:07 PM

Update.. Added a close up and a more recent picture.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 06-18-2007 04:46 PM

You have a beautiful home now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#7 posted 06-18-2007 06:16 PM

Wow…what a change….beautiful.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#8 posted 06-19-2007 06:04 AM

Thanks Dick and Bob.. More to come on the terrifying interior.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#9 posted 06-19-2007 06:07 AM

NICE landscaping Giz!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 06-20-2007 02:34 PM

Thanks Panama

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#11 posted 10-31-2011 04:28 PM

I LOVE this! We’re doing our bungalow remake and have some great stories to post. Thanks!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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