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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 04-23-2017 04:40 AM 1024 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2017 04:40 AM

Guys, I know there has to be a way to not have to measure every shingle as each row moves up. Does someone have a tip on how to do this without using a ruler?? Thanks Pat

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 09:17 PM

are you talking about gauging the shingles as you install them? I used to use chalk lines to set the bottom of the shingle on top of the prior run.

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 09:39 PM

Use a Froe


The very best way I know to make natural looking shingles


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#3 posted 11-20-2013 09:44 PM

Guys, I’m talking about doing this in a valley as they rise by the course. Not making my own shingles. Or a straight run. Should have read my own question before posting to see it was not complete. Had alot more info in my original post.

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 10:02 PM

Do you mean the distance between rows, so you get a straight line and each line is the same distance apart and it doesn’t look like a drunk laid the shingles? If so, then how about a clapgoard gauge? Stanley made one if you like old tools or you can make your own with a couple of scrap pieces of wood.

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 12:49 AM

I’ve highlighted what I need help with.

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 12:57 AM

I have a reveal gauge on the bottom of my Senco roofing nailer.

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