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New Shop Build #5: Up on the rooftop

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Blog entry by Bikerdan posted 10-24-2018 11:41 PM 505 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to put on my big boy pants and climb up on the roof! The eaves are about 11 feet off of the ground, the peak is just about 14, and yes, I’m a bit nervous about heights. Which is funny because I love to rock climb. That actually came in quite handy considering I have a rope, harness, and some other gear to help keep me safe up there. Using that, I felt quite a bit safer up there and by the end, was moving around quite comfortably.

First thing was to get the drip edge on (just the eaves for now) and then the tar paper. I used ice and water barrier for the first row and then 30# tar paper for the rest of the runs. For staples, I used a Stinger Hammer Nailer which came in quite handy. You can see a couple of ripples in the paper. I was a bit worried but they ended up not being a problem and do not show up under the shingles. The biggest challenge with this stage was getting the runs straight. If you make any adjustments to the strip after you’ve stapled any of it down, you will cause ripples in the paper. I found out later that if it’s bad enough, it’s best to just cut the paper and start from the cut with an overlap of the paper that is already down. It also helps to unroll and put staples down the middle of the row first for a few feet and then come back and put staples on the rest of it. It helps keep those ripples out. Finally, I came back and put the drip edge on the rakes.

On to the shingles. Somehow I timed the roofing to come in the hottest part of the summer… Wonderful. I had to make sure that I only worked in early mornings because the singles would get hot enough they would get damaged when I stepped on them.

I started with a starter strip of shingles that I made from cutting tabs off of a standard 3 tab shingle. Then I put down the architectural shingles after that. You have to be careful that you match the manufacturers instructions for nailing pattern and overlap. Otherwise, you might end up with places that water can make its way through to the underlayment. I found it easiest to put down about 5 rows of shingles at a time.

Also, in this picture you can see my climbing rig. I had the rope coming out of the ridge vent opening so I could go down either side of the roof if needed.

I just worked my way to the top and made sure I left an opening where the ridge vent was cut in.

You’ll see in the pictures that the window went in and the garage door was getting cased. Ignore that, I’ll get to that in more detail on the next entry.

I opted to use a ridge vent for venting the roof area. It was really easy to install and seems to make more sense than having gable vents. I used stuff that came in a roll. You just unroll it and nail it down over the vent, then come back and put the cap shingles down over the top. Again, make sure you’re following the nailing patters and fastener requirements for your shingles and roofing materials.

The only thing left was to install the eave returns or “eyebrows”. For that I just framed the eaves back into the front of the building following the pattern of how my house is done. I then installed drip edge and shingles as before on top of the eyebrows. I also installed a faux gable vent to match the house for consistency.

FINALLY! I can get off of the roof! This was one of the most exciting parts for me as I new that progress would pick up at this point. Working around the summer heat, weather, vacations and everything else seemed to make this part of the project drag out. By the way, that scaffold you see there, it was probably the single most useful purchase I made while building this. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I might even buy two…

Time to get ready for stucco!

Thanks for following this build. I hope it’s been helpful so far. And please, if you have any questions or comments, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.



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