Best way to removed shingles that are stuck down?

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Best way to removed shingles that are stuck down?

I'm in the process of removing a brick chimney on our house. The roof has been on for two years and there is only one layer. They are sealed down pretty good and I want to just fill the hole where the chimney is and fit new shingles in. What's the best way to get the old shingles loose? I'm thinking about using my heat gun or is a propane torch better. Open to any and all suggestions.

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I use the same bar I'm going to use for pulling any nails - just work gently between the two layers so as to not tear the shingles.
 
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I use a thin pry bar or heavy putty knife and slide is between the shingles with the blade almost parallel to the roof to pop or cut the seal between the shingles.
 
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Dane gave a much more detailed description of the same process I use.
 
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Old 10-03-12, 12:43 PM
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I haven't done much roofing repair....but when I have, this little baby made it much easier. Works exactly as advertised. If the link doesn't work, just do a search for Dasco shingle ripper.

Amazon.com: Dasco #640 24" Shingle Ripper: Home Improvement
 
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Use a flat blade shovel. They have some that are actually designed for removing shingles (or lifting) which has a piece of mettal bent in a 90' angle tacked to the back of it. This allows you to slide the shovel along the roof and lift the shingles.
This lookes exactly like the one I used when we did our full roof.
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I agree those are good for roof removal Mike....but all the OP wants is to loosen some so that he can weave new ones in.
 
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Not tearing the shingles that butt up to the chimney is immaterial, but carefully loosening the ones that are a few feet away in order to weave them (like Vic mentioned) is critical. Most will usually pop apart with just a wonder bar and a smack with a hammer, but some shingles are a little more delicate than others.

A while back I was working on a house with some old GAF shingles and I actually had to get out the reciprocating saw and used a long blade (the 12" blades bend enough to do this) to cut the tar strip under the shingles without actually cutting into the shingle. Worked perfectly and I just used a healthy amount of tar when I sealed the old ones back down.
 
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"I just used a healthy amount of tar when I sealed the old ones back down"

That's definitely in order, I do the same.
 
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