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Slate_man (Slate_man)
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Posted on Monday, March 23, 2009 - 05:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is alot of slate roofs in southern Vermont tha have gaps like that but, more uniformed. If you were using 12in wide slate you would have a 4" gap in the middle of ever slate. It give a different look and use alot less slate.
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Tinner666 (Tinner666)
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 08:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I quite agree. But, I have to say, I do like a trace of a gap. So often, I'll have to shave many 8x12s for instance, on a roof with 8x12s to make them fit. Maybe that comes from me doing so much metal that needs that gap to expand and contract without binding.
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Walter_musson (Walter_musson)
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 06:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tinner,
Man thats lousy installing from 80 + years ago. I know it uses less slate overall , but I don't think it holds up as well either.
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Tinner666 (Tinner666)
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 06:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The bulk of roof around here are spaced like this:
Slate roof in Richmond, typical spacing.
And the previous repairs I find. Though the 'roofer' used a slate hook, the slate was an inch shy of even closing the keyway.
Typical Slate repair work I find

And the nails used.

Not to mention a roof done almost entirely of culls.
Should have been culled.

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Slate_man (Slate_man)
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think thats slate spacer Branden and has to do with venting.
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Branden_wilson (Branden_wilson)
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Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 09:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

joe, then why do you let them advertise all over your magazine?
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Tinner666 (Tinner666)
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Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 09:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Learning every day here. I always went with 1/8" to 1/4" believing it would help at alater date if a repair was needed. Slates are seldom an exact size, from slate to slate, when doing repairs.
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Joe (Joe)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 09:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is no need to leave a gap between slates. They don't expand and contract.
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Walter_musson (Walter_musson)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Post some pictures here for the participants to view and help with the diagnosis.
Other people may space them a bit , but I prefer a tight together slate.
In my area of Maine it was always done this way sucessfully for well over 100 years.
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Moisture (Moisture)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Because I was called due to the roof leaking, which I am a certified water damage consultant and our roof consultants are on there way to the jobsite. I was simply asking for information to educate myself about roofing.
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Walter_musson (Walter_musson)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes it's more than acceptable. Thats the way it functions best. Each slate helps hold it's neighbor to the left and right from becoming loose.
Why are you inspecting it if you're not sure of what you're looking at ?
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Moisture (Moisture)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We were commissioned to inspect a job that has slate on it and I was asked a question about the required spacing. The slate on the job are butted tight to one another and I am not certain if this is acceptable or not.
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Walter_musson (Walter_musson)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

None that I'm aware of.
Are you speccing a job or trying to see if a job was performed correctly?
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Moisture (Moisture)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 02:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there a written requirement for the spacing that you know of?
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Walter_musson (Walter_musson)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 02:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I prefer to lay them tight to each other , not like the fake slate products which require a gap.
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Moisture (Moisture)
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 02:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is there a requirement for spacing between butt joints of slate?

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