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Old 08-06-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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What is the best way to trim shingles on the rake edges after installation?

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What is the best way to trim shingles on the rake edges after installation?

If the tiles are hot, you can trim them with a roofing hook blade and a straight edge pretty easy. I just used my metal cutting shears. It came out clean.

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Malcolms answer is right on the mark.

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What if they're cold (i.e. sun behind clouds, temp in lower 70's)?

Trying to cut Timberline Ultras is next to impossible.
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What if they're cold (i.e. sun behind clouds, temp in lower 70's)?

Trying to cut Timberline Ultras is next to impossible.
Use shears.
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Use shears.
You mean like Tin snips?
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You mean like Tin snips?

Metal shears like these. I guess people call them tin snips. When I hear tin snips, I think of small aviation snips. Snap a chalk line and use these. you will come out with a smooth rake.

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Do you normally trim the shingles after installation?
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Yeah, that's the kind I have (small aviation tin snips) and they weren't working for sh#t. I'll have a pair of these by noon tomorrow!

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Metal shears like these. I guess people call them tin snips. When I hear tin snips, I think of small aviation snips. Snap a chalk line and use these. you will come out with a smooth rake.

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I shoudl have read this yesterday!!!

I used a circular saw. It made a mess. Jig saw worked well, but still not perfectly straight. I am kind of p*(ssed off now, your experience rules.
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You're right, they work great.

Also, I found that if I started at the bottom and worked up, it was a hell of a lot easier to trim straight.

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usually use a hook blade and cut every 5 as their installed using a full shingle as an edge(line),you should only cut thru 1 thickness and make a 2nd pass on double piece areas,if you`re using snips,install a soldier course,flip the shingle upside down in place,mark it, cut it and nail it in place as finished item
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what's a soldier course?
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it`s a shingle you install going vertical up the rake eave(side),say it`s 12"high shingle,you snap a line at 11" so the shingle overhangs 1" to set your overhang you nail it tight to the roof edge and it also adds strength against blow-offs
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also for marking upside down would be w/granule side up!

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