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Old 06-21-2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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First roof ... am at the hips and ridge


Been fumbling a bit with my first roofing job. A 4 stall unheated condo garage which my mother lives in. The job is going ok as I keep it covered and stop and ask questions when I get confused. Sometimes I get alot of different answers. After ripping off the old roofing I discovered a slot in the peak 1 1/2 " x 20' amidst alot of rotten sheathing which I replaced and squishy spots which required scabbing from below. The hip joints did not line up very well sheathing wise. I made certain they were scabbed enough to not move then flashed them with aluminum end to end. The flats are all done with GAF 3-tab double felted as the pitch is 2.6 with one row of ice and water around the perimeter. I wont use 40" starter strip with 36" shingles again. It looks ok but my rain gutters are not as straight as the neighbors, worst on my first side then I got better. I started in the center and worked out on a 44' building, once I got the hang of my nail-gun shingle guide and its nailing temperment my rows are pretty straight. I did use cap staples on my double-felt with the Bostitch gun and I think thats why my shingles dont lay as flat as the neighbor's recently pro-done garage. My question is ... I have this slot I intend to install GAF snow country ridge vent over in the ridge and am still finishing gooping the hip joints ... can anyone detail to me the best way to go about installing the ridge and hip shingles? What about the ridge shingles on the ends that arent over the ridge vent? Do I cover the sheathing with felt and shingles all the way to the peak if the ridge vent is over it? Face the hip and ridge "head shingles" into the wind. Head shingles doubled and fully glued ? I have both liquid and putty knife roofing cement. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED !! Thanks Keith


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Old 06-22-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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Geez I thought I might get one response. I dont like to twiddle thumbs. I am confused about getting hip shingles to curve uniformly when the sheathing on either side of the joint is mismatched. There must be an air gap in there, it looks like they curve. Does everybody just slop it with roofing tar and hope it holds? I havent seen or heard anyone detail the ridge cap joint with rigid vent either. When I get overwhelmed I like to think of the movie Friday Night Lights where in the last scene they mention the coaches saying "Just keep them feet movin boys" ... but then I think of stepping in tar and tracking it all over the roof as well Well I guess Ill call a pro, thanks ...

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You are being paid, right?

That mean YOU are a pro.........or are supposed to be.
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http://www.albertsroofing.com/Ridge%20Vent%20Detail.htm

No cement or caulk is used on shingle roofs.
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Nice to have a response

I never said I was a pro and I told the people who hired me that. I underbid to gain tools and experience and guaranteed a job that hopefully wont bite me back. If it does I will fix it at no charge.
When I ripped the old materials all 4 hips had been uniformly tarred end to end. I guess different people do it different ways. I would be interested in hearing the pros and cons of do or dont. The job doesnt look bad so far. I am concerned that the application of ridge vent and ridge/hip shingles may have some "tricks" for better longevity and durability that my inexperience might cause me to miss. I bought the tools for a reason, to be equipped to make money on the side doing quality jobs I can guarantee. Im learning now and see that I kinda like the work.
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