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Roofing.. again

June 17, 2013

Last weekend we tackled the roof of the addition.

Since our amazing friends Spence and Lindsay flew down from Seattle a couple years ago to teach us how to roof our garage, we already knew what we were doing when we started this  project.

Incredibly, we managed to buy everything we needed for the roof in a single trip to Home Depot.  This is in stark contrast to our previous roofing experience, during which we made just shy of 10 trips to the hardware store (including our trips to Home Depot on Valentine’s day night, in the rain, because we ran short of shingles at the very end – twice!).  I would therefore call last weekend’s project a resounding success!

After Alex installed the drip edge and stapled down the tar paper, we started nailing the shingles in place. We did this mostly by hand , because I convinced Alex that a nail gun wouldn’t save us much time (really I just hate the loud noise that it makes).  Our only real difficulty came when we needed to nail in the shingles underneath the eave, where there is only a few inches of clearance.

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As an added bonus, my boss came over with his two kids (9 and 10 year old boys) to learn the roofing trade for themselves.  We harnessed them up using old climbing equipment dragged out of the garage.  I can’t say this made the project go any faster, but it did make the weekend more memorable and entertaining.  After an hour of roofing on Saturday night, the kids were still so excited about roofing that they made their dad bring them back again on Sunday morning.

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