Replacing a few shingles on a roof.

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Old 04-13-12, 01:15 PM
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Replacing a few shingles on a roof.

I need to replace about 4 shingles on my roof, however when I went to pull up the surounding shingles they were stuck Is there a easy way to pull up the bad shingles without causing too much damage to the existing ones.

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Old 04-13-12, 01:21 PM
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Well, it kind of depends how brittle they are. Some break like glass, others are a little more stiff and tough. I usually will just use a wonder bar along the bottom edge of the shingle, and whack the curved end with a hammer. It will usually pop the shingle up off the glue. Some shingles tear when you do that, however, so you have to be careful.

If your shingles are the brittle kind that like to tear, I have used a reciprocating saw with a 12" long blade to actually cut between the layers so as to get one shingle out without damaging the ones above it. The hard part is that you have to pull the nails out of NOT ONLY the shingle you want to remove, but also you have to pull the nails in the shingle above it. This means you usually have to pop 2 rows of shingles loose to get one shingle out.

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I have a very thin bar I use to get under the shingles to break the glue loose. I'm better now, I did tear a few early on.

Then, as Sleeper said, you've ended up loosening several by the time you're done, so have a tube of roofing cement with you so you can tack them all back down.
 
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Thanx for all the good advice. The shingles were pretty pliable. I will try a putty knife to get under the shingles. I think I'll have a whack at it tomorrow.

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Putty knife might not be long enough but give it a shot.
 
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Thanx mitch. I kind of figured that, but that's about all I could think of using. I'll let you know how I make out K.
 
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I know the Pro's may poo poo this...but if you've used one...you wouldn't...




Amazon.com: Dasco #640 24" Shingle Ripper: Home Improvement


It will pull or cut off nails, break the tar seal, lift the shingle...everything.
 
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Looks like you could also use it to scratch your back!
 
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Old 04-14-12, 11:44 AM
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My Dad. Rest his soul, gave me one of those a while back. He used to use it to replace shingles on slate rooofs. Unfortunately I did not bring it with me to GA.
 
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Old 04-14-12, 11:50 AM
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All the carpenter guys have prybars and such......but you wouldn't believe how well this tool works. And yes, you can scratch your back with it....or tear the flesh off if you want...lol.
 
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