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Old 01-06-2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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How are these roofers removing shingles?


I saw some roofers removing shingles with a tool that looks sort of like a shovel, but with a flat head.
Are they just cutting off the nails at the top of the sheathing? It seems too hard too pull all the nails out.

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There are different models
I have one, it does get most of the nails out


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Yours still looks like new, Dave. lol

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I saw some roofers removing shingles with a tool that looks sort of like a shovel, but with a flat head.
Are they just cutting off the nails at the top of the sheathing? It seems too hard too pull all the nails out.

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I've seen most roofers use one like this.
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And before they made these nifty little tools, we used to use a garden spade, the type with the straight, flat end. They still remove shingles and most nails very well...cost less too.
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And before they made these nifty little tools, we used to use a garden spade, the type with the straight, flat end. They still remove shingles and most nails very well...cost less too.
And talk about blisters, even with tough hands, but they sure work.
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Yours still looks like new, Dave. lol

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Yeah I can't remember if I had it at the last house
5 layers of shingles on most of the roof there
I just grabbed one edge & peeled it all back
Top layers were only nailed into shingles
I think I estimated the weight at 15,000 lbs
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I'm glad they get the nails out. I guess they must pop out when you whack away under the shingles. I didn't notice them doing much prying.
I may have to buy one of those in the near future.
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Hi

In the UK for small repairs we would use something called a slate ripper!

As per attached image!

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We have those by another name, shingle rippers. Not much slate over here compared to shingle side wall and earlier shingle roofs (were the norm many moons ago....) Installation cost and quality installers along with old growth trees limited the supply and demand now.
The neatest trick roofers use around here is a tool like Joe pictured with another worker rolling the wood shingle, composition and tar paper all up in 6' sections like sod, then toss into dumpster/truck from the roof. Very limited loose material left after two guys roll the double course of material efficiently.

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