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Garage Roof

February 11, 2011

The back bedroom is painted!  Just in time for our friends to sleep in tonight.  As you can see, it still needs crown and shoe molding… and windows.  We’ll get to that next weekend.

As I mentioned, we are replacing the garage roof this weekend.  We worked all day removing half of the old roof, which consisted of two layers of wood shingle, topped by an old decaying layer of 3-tab asphalt shingle.   The wood and asphalt comes off fairly easily, but since we have to pull every single nail out, it’s pretty time consuming.  Below is the roof after about 2 hours of work.

A few more hours in, and our friend Spence invented a nice trick for removing shingles faster.  He simply went in from beneath, and shoved upwards with a long 2×4, causing the shingles to erupt upwards.  The action-shot below shows this happening.

At first we were pretty cautious about clearing the shingles from the rooftop; we worked from the ladders, and tried not to put too much weight on the roof.  We put ply-wood up as we cleared shingles from each area.  Then we were able to sit on the ply-wood to reach higher up on the roof.

By the end of the afternoon we had cleared shingle and installed plywood on about 1/3 of the roof (below).  We also became braver and braver, and climbed further and further up the roof, as the day wore on.

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