Sunday, October 9, 2011

Roof Work in TN

We have been looking forward to seeing everybody in Tennessee for a while.  We hadn't see Joan and Mike, Michelle, Jeremy, Kayla and Noah since January.  And we planned on helping with Mike and Joan's roof which needed to be done.  The good news was that we only had half a roof to do.  The other half had already been replaced a few months ago.
But it was a big job for Mike and I.  We had to take off two layers of shingles,
There are a number of ways to scrape off shingles.  I have seen some use a shovel.  The best way I know of is to use the tool that is laying there right beside Mike.

Here's another picture.  The roof shovel thing is the best invention I have seen in a while.  It made a hard job a lot easier.
It took us a while, but we were able to scrape up the old shingles and felt and nails.  And I only had a couple of blisters…

We left piles of shingles on the ground to pick up later.
Then the fun began.  We rolled out the felt paper to cover the roof.
Then we laid some shingles in place to start putting those down.
We put them across the bottom and sides first.
Then it was a matter of hauling the shingles up the ladder on the other side of the house and moving them into place to put the rest of the shingles on.  We had a nail gun to use the last time I worked on a roof.

This time it was one nail at a time.  Eventually, we got it done.

We had sore backs and I had a few dings in my fingers and hands, but we were glad to get it finished.  Thankfully the weather was nice in East Tennessee and we didn't have any major issues.

That is all for now on this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Thanks for joining us!  Until next time...


  1. Even though that looks like an "easy" roof (about a one in 12 pitch?) I still don't envy you that job one bit. Everything about shingling a roof is HEAVY work.
    We put down a layer of "ice and water shield" on our house the last time it was done. (it's now code in all of Canada methinks) Each roll came in at around 75 pounds. I just leave that heavy lifting to the younger guys these days.
    Nice job.

  2. What a friend you are! That has to have been a killer on the back, knees and arms! good job

  3. Glad you had such great weather to put that roof on!

  4. What a job -- I'm sure Mike appreciated your help. Glad you got it done before winter weather sets in.

  5. great job Randy!..not a big fan of heights so I say good for you for being up on the roof!!!

  6. What a great job done... Hard work and I am sure all was highly appreciated. You guys are great!
    Have fun

  7. Great job, Randy. That is tough work putting on a new roof. Shingles are unbelievably heavy as I'm sure you know. The new roof looks terrific!

  8. I helped McGuyver take shingle off our roof over the kitchen...not easy work, but I work cheap. He wouldn't let me help put the new roof on, though..wonder why!??

  9. Wow that looks like a big job to me. Good thing you only had half the roof to do. Glad the weather was great for getting the job done.

    Kevin and Ruth

  10. You’ve got a lot of area to cover, and you need that many shingles, huh? Well, it's all good because you got help from your friends and finished the work right on time. I miss my friends. We used to do that kind of stuff. Just one call from my phone, and they come right away!

  11. Good job, Randy! That has to be one tough day, with all those shingles to install. It’s good that you’re doing it DIY style, but make sure to consult a professional roofer just in case there are hidden or unseen problems that the roof may have before installing anything. You wouldn’t want to waste all that effort just to find out that all your hard work will go down the drain because of problems with the roof’s structure.

    Lue Madson