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Walter Musson
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Post Number: 74
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 04:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Greg,
You can build your own if it's a one time job, not your career.
Heres a link to show mine and their use.

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8cbsmrhq0sw&notag=1
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Greg Readling
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Walter--I'll look into the brackets.
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Walter Musson
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 05:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Greg,
Is this a home you'll be constructing from the ground up?
If so the boards are a great idea. 8" or wider is good- lots of strength. 5" and under can be bouncy between rafters.
Your second question doesn't make sense to do for a number of reasons.
Get some slaters brackets and work from outside -- then you can properly prep the roof in it's entirety once all the sheathing is nailed into place.
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Greg Readling
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 03:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi, I've become a member here because I am going to be putting a slate roof on my own house this summer. It is slate that my father salvaged in the 60's from a church in Charlotte, NC. I see that the general concensus for a sub-roof material is 1" boards. This works out great for me because my dad also runs a small sawmill in NC as a hobby. So, my question is:
Is there an ideal width board to use? (we will be sawing these soon and thought I'd get some opinions first). This will be southern yellow pine--a local wood here, which I will let air dry for a few months and then probably plane both faces to 1".

Part 2 (has anyone used this technique)

My dad said when he roofed his small outbuilding with slate, he worked from inside the building instead of standing on the slate. He would use scaffolds inside on the second floor when he had to for reach. He just layed enough subroof boards to get one layer of felt paper at a time, then slated that part, then layed enough subroof for another layer of felt paper, then slated that, etc., etc. If you have provisions for covering the roof when it is going to rain, could this be a useable technique on a simple gable roofed house?

Thanks for any help,
Greg Readling

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