Help with Barrel Tile Toof
There is an alternative method as an option.
It depends on whether or not all of the tiles are nailed or wired in place.
Lets presume the unlikely scenario. They are all nailed into the battens.
You can lift up the tile enoughg to start the nail getting pulled out of the decking and battens. To be able to lift one tile properly, you will also have to jack up the next tile that rests on the side overlap.
***An easy way to jack up the side adjoining tile and the tiles above the one being replaced, is to utilize several straight claw hammers and slide the claw portion under the one needing to be lifteed, until it get raised up high enough to continue the removal process.***
At this point, you can either try to continue wiggling the tile until the nail lets loose and frees up the tile or you can purchase a slate nail ripper, which is a long flat bar with an arrow shape at the tip, which allows the bar to be slid under the tiles but when pulled backwards, the angles portion of the ripper locks ontom the nail shaft. The handle of the ripping bar has two 90* bends in it and after the tip is locked onto the nail, you strike the vertical portion of the handle with a good wacking hammer blow.
This will shear off the nail at the point of contact.
If their are locking hubs under the tile, they will be seated on the wooden batten board and will need to be manipulated so that you can easily slide the tile out of position. This action may require you to also jack up the tiles on the next row above the one you are removing, to relieve the contact commpression pressure from the head of the tile being removed.
Replacing the tiles just go in reverse sequence of the removal process. You will be unable to easily renial the new tile in place, but if proper securement is essential, then you can take on inch wide strips of 24 oz. copper and use copper nails to attach this strip to the decking under the removed tile. Then you leave enough of the "cleat" extending past the bottom butt edge of the tile so that it can be bent upwards verically and also backwards hoeizontally, to create a hanging bracket to ensure the tile does not slide down.
On the few calls I get for tile replacement, I get a minimum of $ 100.00 per tile, not including material costs, for each and every one required to be replaced with a minimum charge of $ 500.00.
You at least owe me a cup of coffee for this little trick.