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Scottishslater (Scottishslater)
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Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 08:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

u can also make the larger slate next to the small cut your doing shorter in width this will give u a bigger small cut and make it easier to nail also if u cut of the top corners when slating into a valley this will help it sit flat
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Joe (Joe)
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Posted on Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 01:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We have never had a problem with the overlap when adding extra slate to the top of a piece.
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Lv_pa (Lv_pa)
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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - 04:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting tip, thank you. I see you've also changed the position of the nail hole in the slate next to the triangle piece to avoid nailing through the metal. Does the extra top part of the triangle piece ever cause problems with the cant of the next higher overhanging row?
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Old_school (Old_school)
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Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 - 09:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Good explanation Joe
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Joe (Joe)
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Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 - 01:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A trick when having to piece in a smallish triangle in a valley is to cut it so that extra slate is left above where the top of the piece would normally be. This gives you a place to put two nail holes. Punch the nail holes before you cut the piece. Does this make sense? Make the piece longer than it should be, but leave the excess length on the top of the piece where it can't be seen (because it's underneath the overlying slates). The extra length gives you a place to nail. In any case, it's not a good idea to leave a piece out unless the missing piece will be completely invisible. Here's a drawing of what I'm talking about:

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Lv_pa (Lv_pa)
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2011 - 06:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi all,

When cutting slates at an angle to fit the line of the valley, what is the rule about how much slate has to be left to be used? In other words, if the angle cut would only leave one nail hole, or if it would result in a triangular piece, do you just omit that piece?

I seem to remember reading a rule about that in the Slate Roof Bible, but I can't find it now.

Thanks,
Lv_pa

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