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Old 08-07-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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"opening" roof... how?


Ok. I've been working on replacing some rotted studs and sheathing in the back of my house where I took down an old block chimney and have reached the roof. The ends of two rafters are soft, besides which the fellow who built the chimney that caused all this damage 35 years ago cut the tails of these two rafters off. I want to repair these by sistering a couple 2X in there, but I have to open the roof to get there.

Do I just snap a couple lines along nearby healthy rafters and cut through the shingles and sheathing? I only need to go up about 4 feet. The shingles are Owens Corning Duration and there are no old layers underneath.

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You’re better off carefully removing and stepping back the roofing first then make your cuts. The roofing has to come off anyway, you might as well save a saw blade.

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You’re better carefully removing and stepping back the roofing first then make your cuts. The roofing has to come off anyway, you might as well save a saw blade.
It's never easy is it?

These things stick like glue. Heading up to the roof with my trusty flatbar.
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Early in the day when the shingles are cool is your best bet for success.
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I owe you for that one. Now I can stay off the roof for the rest of the day and go up tomorrow morning. I can tell my wife you said so
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Just make sure it isn't slippery from dew in addition to your other precautions.

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