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Blog entry by stefang posted 06-09-2015 03:56 PM 7028 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Laying the Shingles
Just a short update. I got the asphalt shingles for the roof. The shingle substrate is 3/4” tongue and groove panel boards on the top. The boards run from the back to the front. I left enough room on both ends for molding so the ends of the boards on the front and back could be covered.

I haven’t put on any aphalt shingles before. The info that came with them said to use a special knife to trim them with. This is a knife that has a curved blade that forms a hook. I wasn’t able to find such a knife at the store so I just used a regular utility knife. This made the job a lot harder and I suggest that if you use this type of shingle that you will be very glad to have a hooked knife. Anyway, I stayed at it and got the job done ok. Another thing that is essential in my opinion is to have a good roofing glue cartridge to stick any shingles where the adhesive they contain doesn’t stick very well. I did use it.

Usually the last row at the top edge of a normal roof has a square shingle (several on one length) which goes over the top to the other side of a regular roof. In my case the roof is a lean-to which ends abruptly at it’s peak, so instead of the square shingles I had enough of the triangle shaped shingles I had trimmed off the sides to cover the bare spots left on the next to the last row at the top and glued them in. This gave a consistent pattern all the way to the top and I’m pretty happy with it. (See Below)

My local building supplier had only black shingles, which I bought, but I later found the red ones at another store that match my roof tile colors, so I bought those and returned the black ones.

Work yet to be done
Now I just have to build the front doors, install the hinges and bolt lock and nail on the trim. A professional carpenter could probably build this thing is in a day or two, but I am going at in my usual pace.

Thanks for reading.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 06-09-2015 04:11 PM

you know mike
thru-out life
i have pondered
what a retired american merchant seaman
would do about his bbq in norway
to protect it from the elements

you have put that to rest finally for me
in a new way i never imagined
i can go on now to other perplexing questions

who’s on first
where’s my shoes
is stephen hawkings right
is reba looking for me

medium for me please

enjoy your summer

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 04:31 PM

Hi David, good to hear from you! I’m not an ex merchant seaman, just served a 4 year stretch in the U.S. Navy in my youth on a fleet freight ship (the difference mainly being the monthly wage). I am glad that you can now rest easy having learned about my BBQ shed project. I’m sure it has been maybe too exciting for some, but I’m sure you know I like living on the edge pushing the envelope with these extreme projects. My idea for this project came from the notion tools you don’t know how to use should be well hidden. You have a good summer too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 05:21 PM

Coming along just fine Mike
A couple of doors and some trim and you are done .
Hope you cut the shingle from the back side and had them good and warm .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 05:31 PM

Looking good Mike !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 06:03 PM

Thanks Glen and Klaus

Klaus Well it did cross my mind that it would be easier to cut the shingles from the smooth backside, but I couldn’t cut them before they were laid, and it seemed impractical to trim them from the bottom then. I could have heated them with my heat gun, but I was worried about that as the instructions said not lay them in sunshine so I was worried about applying heat. I probably should have looked it up on the net. The Norwegian companies never explain why something has to been done or not. Do you think I should go over with a heat gun now that they are laid?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 07:17 PM

Too late Mike but when the sun comes around nice and hot the glue tabs should adhere to the shingles and bond them together as to cutting along the edges I cut from the back side once they are installed makes for a nice clean and even finish .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-09-2015 07:36 PM

Coming along good Mike. We always used a utility knife and scored them on the back and snapped them on the line. You got them laid very professionally!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 06-09-2015 08:10 PM

Thanks Klaus and Jim. Now I know how to do it in case I am reincarnated and build a grill shed in another life. My hat is off to all the roofers out there. I was worn out doing this little postage stamp roof. I don’t even want to think what it would be like roofing a whole house!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-09-2015 08:17 PM

Interesting work Mike, asphalt shingles for the roof, I dont think we have such an item in QLD, sounds a bit messy to prepare, however on closer inspection I see you have produced a great result. Well done!

Now totally unrelated I spotted a square box with what looks to be a pipe poking out the bottom on the wall above the construction, what is that please?

Overall progress gets (I think this is correct) from my seamanship days five long blasts

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 06-09-2015 09:04 PM

it looks really good mike, doing it our way and at our own time frame is such a joy, i cant wait to see it done , i bet the doors will look great, i like the shingles, nice color, look forward to the next part..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 06-09-2015 09:18 PM

Thanks Rob and Bob. The little box is a two plug outdoor electrical outlet with spring loaded lift up cover to protect it from the elements.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-10-2015 12:30 AM

Mike, your BBQ is one mollycoddled hunk of iron, ‘cant wait to see the grand finale.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 06-10-2015 12:40 AM

That’s pretty classy Mike. Nice work.

-- I never finish anyth

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#14 posted 06-10-2015 12:52 AM

Looking mighty fine Mike. Next time around become a roofer. You will have a great tan before anyone else. You might of had that first nurse if you were a roofer with a tan. Ha!
We always used a hook blade that fits in a standard Stanley knife. Wish I would of known, I have hundreds of these I could of sent you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 06-10-2015 02:11 AM

Hi Mike, I’ve been following your progress on your BBQ shed and haven’t said anything but it is a good thing and you put me to shame for mot keeping my LJ friends in the loop of the many projects I have worked on and have not found the time to post. My wife and I are leaving tomorrow on a 6 week journey across the US in an RV. This is totally new to us but preparing for it has been a huge undertaking, which I believe will be more than worth the effort. Keep up the good work and I admire your efforts to keep posting. It helps keep me grounded.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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