Finally after several weeks of trying I have shingles on my roof. As of this morning, I just need to trim the rake edge shingles and remove my roof jacks.
The morning started off a bit wet so I decided to exercise my second amendment right at the gun range with Tim. I shot a new toy that I recently acquired. All I can say is that the Israelis know how to make great rifles!
By Saturday afternoon the sun was out and I was able to install about five rows. This side of the roof we still had my wall crawlers installed which allowed me to stand at roof level to work. It actually sped things up a bit. In general, I think that the time spent installing staging pay back in time saved doing the job. I was too lazy to move it for the other side but I think that was a mistake.
Sunday started out about 20 degrees with some sun. I got started by cutting up 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 length shingles we would need for each tier. When cold the best tools I have found to cut shingles are a really sharp knife and tin snips.
The rest of the day was spent installing shingles up to the peak. We had minor delays when we had to cut shingles to match the plumbing boot and the chimney pipe. A pair of dividers fitted with a china marker seems to work well for figuring out the cuts around these items. Tin snips seem to be the best way to cut cold shingles into odd shapes.
By late Sunday night the shingling job was completed less a few detail items. The next day I applied clear caulking to the chimney boot and storm collar. I really like Lexel for roof caulking. I used it on my last cabin and inspected it after 5 years and it was in perfect condition. It’s really fantastic stuff.
With a big storm bearing down on the northeast I cleaned up the job site and took down all but two roof jacks that the plumber will need to install the vent. It really is amazing how much trash there is to throw away at this point in my build. I need to see how the local transfer station works so I can get rid of this stuff.
The pressure treated sill plate needs to be sealed up as a lot of air can leak past it. I decided to use foam in a can and extend the Grace ice and water over the slab insulation. This creates a nice drainage channel for any liquid that might get behind my siding.
I cut 1×3 foot strips and applied them with a heat gun. Using my foam gun I applied a liberal amount of foam between the slab and bottom of the OSB.
Tip: Cutting rake edge shingles
Typically you install shingles with one end lined up perfectly with the drip edge. The other end of each tier you allow to overlap the drip edge. When the job is finished you trim off the excess shingle material.
I used architectural shingles so I was cutting up to 3 layers thick in places and it was cold which made cutting them difficult. I was also a dumb ass by starting at the peak of the roof and working down. If you cut from the bottom up the job gets 1000% easier. It also helps to change utility knife blades often.
Finally Done…just in time too!