Pulling sheathing from a roof


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Old 07-29-09, 04:36 AM
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Pulling sheathing from a roof

I am removing the sheathing from the roof and would like some advice on the quickest and easiest way to do it. I heard cutting with a circular saw was fast, but what about what's under it. One last comment; the second layer of very old shingles are on the plywood. It just did not make sense to shovel the shingles off the roof. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 07-29-09, 02:14 PM
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If I had it to do, and I don't do roofs (to old and bad knees), I would pull the pieces one at a time and replace them as I went. That gives you something to stand on while you work. Of course shoveling off the existing shingles would help.
 
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Old 07-29-09, 02:48 PM
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If it was me, I'd tear off the existing roof (which I'm going to assume that has already been done.) Then I'd start from the top replacing the sheathing. lets you have a place to walk and work. just start from the top going side to side? if anyone else has anything better feel free to to chime in and help them out.
 
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Old 07-29-09, 03:55 PM
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Not sure what type of roof you have, but I saw a good video for removing a roof.

Google: Wayland-Roof-Removal


It seems like the easiest way would be to cut a straight line up your roof between the rafters, and knock out the sheathing as you go. I imagine it would be easiest to start in the attic, depending on how the access is.

If you're nervous about hitting rafters when cutting from the roof, set your circular saw at a low depth so it's just barely cutting all the way through the sheathing.

Good luck, let us know how it goes
 
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Old 07-30-09, 03:33 PM
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I feel like I should add a few things that I didn't really mention in my past post.

Plan your cuts carefully, and be aware of what might become unsupported as you're cutting. You might want to brace your rafters as you go if you're removing big sections.
 
 

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