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PoleCat 08-02-2013 07:17 AM

Novice roofer
Fishing for advice on installing shingles. I have never done this yet so pointers are welcome. I have a coil nailer and the instructions that Owen Corning supplied so I am not completely in the dark. My biggest impediment is I will be working alone.

joecaption 08-02-2013 07:57 AM

How many square are you talking about? How steep and how high is the roof?

PoleCat 08-02-2013 08:02 AM

880sqft. 5:12 pitch. 12 feet to the ground. 3 peaks 2 valleys

joecaption 08-02-2013 08:13 AM

Got a picture of the building?
How do you plan on hauling away the old shingles?
A few tips, lay tarps over any shrubs, railings or decking. Mow the grass before working on the shingles so it's easier to rake up and use a magnet to pick up the nails.
Lay a trap where the shingles are going to fall on the ground if you do not have a dump trailer to drop them in.
If you have to use a pick up to haul the shingle away line the bed with a big enough tarp it can cover the whole bed and go up over the back window and roof. That way there's not going to be any black marks on the truck and the tarp can be flipped back over the load so nothing fly's out.
If possible strip the roof, install the new paper and Storm and ice shield then have the shingles roof top delivered. Lifting up 75 lb. bundles on a ladder gets old real quick.

joecaption 08-02-2013 08:17 AM

Get yourself a nice shingle shovel like this.
Make sure to add drip edging on all sides of the roof if there is none.

PoleCat 08-02-2013 08:21 AM

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The old roof is already on the ground and mostly in a dumpster. I have to go out and finish that up here in a bit.:censored: The entire roof is already covered in ice guard and water tight. The shingles are on a skid in the back yard.
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Dutch Gable

joecaption 08-02-2013 08:34 AM

Going to have to come up with a split seal for that power pole.
No box store is going to have it. Start looking for a real shingle supply company. May even have to order it on line.

vsheetz 08-02-2013 09:25 AM

Hire a day laborer to help.
Delivered to the roof is sooo much better than on a skid in the ground. Any chance to get this done?

joecaption 08-02-2013 01:07 PM

At least rent a laddervator.

Installing the shingles is easy, getting them up on the roof is the hard part.
Home Depot and most rental company's have them for rent.

Gymschu 08-02-2013 03:07 PM

Having done my own roof (I am a painter by the way) was a backbreaking task by myself. Of course I did a lot of it during the winter (slow months) which didn't help. Definitely get the shingles up on the roof. You don't want to haul a dozen or so at a time up the ladder like I did. I started with a hammer and ended up buying a coil nailer. It does speed things up, but not as much as you may think if you are by yourself. It helps to have a buddy feeding you shingles as you go. In the end, I did not save any money. I could have had a real roofer do it for about the same cost that I did it. Once you add in the removal of old shingles, the time spent on the roof, the tools you need to buy, the discount the roofer gets, etc. well, you just don't save too much.

PoleCat 08-02-2013 07:35 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1224122)
Going to have to come up with a split seal for that power pole.
No box store is going to have it. Start looking for a real shingle supply company. May even have to order it on line.

New flashing is already on the mast. It is held up about three feet from deck with tape.

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