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steven smith
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Username: Scottish_slater

Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

still possable with that method mentioned
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Joe Jenkins
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Post Number: 69
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 09:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We don't nail slate with a single nail at the top, we "center nail" here in the US, with two nails about half way down on either side.
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steven smith
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Username: Scottish_slater

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

in other words u place a wedge either side of the slate u want out under the course above it and when nailing. u place the nail in the hole while postioned and slide your slate knife up under the slates wedged up. place it on the nail and hit it with the hammer hey presto nailed without disturbing anything else or using bibs crude but works
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steven smith
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

also the two slate above the slated needing sorted can be raised up without removing and the undereave fixed in using a slate knife
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steven smith
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

if its a random slate ie with diffrent widths he can cut out the undereaves/starter course that are effected with poor side lap , and correct it that way saving a proper balls up as we would call it here
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Joe Jenkins
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Post Number: 68
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds like a mess.

The eave slates can be removed and replaced. This would constitute the bottom two or maybe three courses. It's done when, for example, the entire drip edge wood must be replaced on an old house (due to gutter installers breaking the slates and causing leaks that ruin the wood), or built-in gutters removed on an old house, etc., etc. We periodically reslate the drip edge of house slate roofs when they're been so damaged by (primarily) gutter installers, that there is nothing else you can do with them.

You have to remove the bottom two exposed courses (and the starter course). Then, when replacing the slates, periodically remove a third course slate so you can reinstall the second course slates with two nails on one side. You do NOT want to replace slates with only one nail in them. All slates must have two nails.

You would probably be removing every other 3rd course slate, then replacing the 3rd course slates using slate hooks or bibs and nails. It's not uncommon on old houses to repair the drip edge in this manner, but on a new installation, it's unfortunate to have to do this. This procedure would never be used on a new installation unless the installer didn't know what he was doing when he started the roof.
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Iain Logan
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Username: Benview

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Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 03:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My builder thinks he can slate but he has made a mess of the starter course which has 70 % of the course with side lap ranging from 0 to 1.5 inches. To rectify this he will have to rip out this course. I reckon to do this, the next course will end up single nailed as he will have to rip a nail out of each slate (they are double nailed) in order to push them sidewards to allow him to refix the starter course. Surely this treatment will also loosen them? He also did not fix the starter course slates face down. Could somebody reassure me that I am correct to insist that he strips all the slates off (he has completed 70% of the first side of the roof.

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