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Forum topic by Charlie posted 05-19-2013 05:47 PM 1440 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2013 05:47 PM

I know “hot” is a relative term depending on where you live, but it’s almost 80 and the sun is shining. I only have a small roofing project (my wife’s garden shed) but it’s kicking my 60-year-old butt. 8:12 pitch and about 13 feet long, no roof jacks and right now the shingles on the side I have to work on are so hot I can’t leave my bare hand on them. I can’t get on the roof when they’re that hot or I’ll deform them (they get stretchy when hot!).

Best I can figure I have about 20 shingles to put up before I can do the ridge cap shingles. Part of me says, “If it’s too hot to be roofing, then start cutting cap shingles.”, but another part of me says, “You been at it for 6 hours, it’s hot, and you’re old. Take a break already.”

BOTH sides of me are saying, “But don’t get too lazy. It’s supposed to rain day after tomorrow.”

Sheeesh… if this was 6:12 it’d be done. Glad I talked her out of the 12:12 … hehehe… or I’d be looking to hire a roofer for this garden shed. Why does that make me feel somehow inferior? :)

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 06:12 PM

I feel for you. Anything more than about 5/12 pitch and all I can do is to picture my 250 lbs. frame cracking the ground…which has happened before. A coiled roofing nailer makes quick work of it though.

At least the shed can be covered with a tarp if you get caught in the rain.

To avoid the heat, start roofing earlier in the morning. Let your neighbors know in advance so they don’t wake up by your racket. On weekdays, most are already up any way.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 06:23 PM

Roofing is for the young guys and 80 degrees it must seem like 110 up there. My ideal working temperature is 65 and on the ground . Listen to the part of you that says all those things :) Remember hospital bills cost more than what ever is in that shed.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 06:32 PM


I want to hear about your 60+ birthdays and nice LJ projects you have made, stay off that bloody roof mate.

If you must then Project Manage it from ground level there is no shame in subcontracting jobs out to younger people.

Other wise we would all still be in the armed forces !!!



-- Regards Rob

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Mark Davisson

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 06:49 PM

Early morning is the key – even before the sun comes up. It’s amazing how much things change up there once even the early morning sun starts to hit those shingles.

I, too, want to hear about the projects you make over the next 40 years. If you can’t get this job done safely by yourself, hire someone for a day to finish it off.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 07:13 PM

Early morning is when I started. 7:30am doing “quiet things” until 8:30. (“Quiet things” is stuff like screwing blocking to the sub facia so a ladder won’t smash my drip edge, adding 2×4s to bridge areas at the gables to make safer places to lean a ladder, cutting shingles to start rows, stuff like that…)

The side of the roof I had to do FACES the morning sun. The shed is under a huge maple though, so by dinner time it’s all in the shade again. I played “what can I reach safely from a ladder and/or scaffold?” and when I ran out of options, I called it quits for a while. I had forgotten that the shingles are architecturals so I can’t just cut ‘em for ridge caps (the laminated shingles can separate from bending) so I just got back from picking up some 3-tabs to cut. They don’t make the ready-made ridge and hip for these shingles. So…. I get to cut a bunch of 3-tabs.

Been up since 4am (one of THOSE nights) so… kinda tired. When it’s all in the shade, I’ll see if I can get anything else done. And if it doesn’t feel safe, then I’m done for today.

In the words of Clint Eastwood…. “a man’s gotta know his limitations”

Already been dead once. This is all a gift. I’d like to keep receiving that gift a while longer… hehehe

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 11:19 PM

Yeah.. I do not envy you. Don’t push yourself.

I did roofing with my father’s construction business for years during summers in high school.. I was the only one not afraid of heights, so got stuck doing the facia under the roof over hanging and doing the top caps….all the time. I worked on some really scary roofs, the worst was when we did the steeple of a church. Over all… I got heat stroke once, watched my sister pass out and fell off a roof.. the smell of tar disgusts me.. as does mineral spirits we had to clean up with.. I now hate heat and hate sunlight… I hate sun burns.. Love that I know how to do it, but I hate roofing… Take care!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#7 posted 05-20-2013 12:09 AM

Roofing sucks. No way around it. Roofing and pouring concrete are 2 things I won’t do.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 05-20-2013 12:46 AM

Wife: “what are you doing now? I thought you were done for today!”
Me: “Just want to get these 2 end pieces up”
Wife: “Why?”
Me: “Because it’s 2 pieces I won’t have to do tomorrow.”

So… 3 rows on one side to do and 2 rows on the other, 20 shingles. I could do it all now sitting on the peak. The problem is getting 20 shingles up there plus me. :) I could load them at the gables, I suppose. Actually… I could start the rows from the ladder at the gable end without stretching. Nice and stable. At the other end where I have to cut the last shingle in each row, I can actually do those from the ladder as well.

Tomorrow during the day, I’m here alone. Wife and son both work. So whatever I decide it has to be safe and I have to feel confident doing it. I’ve got 3 days of rain coming. If I can’t make it watertight tomorrow fairly early, then I’ll see if I can drag a tarp over it and just wait. I’m really not pressed for time, but I would like to get this part over with. The rest will be kinda fun. :)

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#9 posted 05-20-2013 10:13 PM

Roof is officially done! :)
Wife has also been officially put on notice that any future roofing will get hired out. This old man is done with doing roofing :)

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