Sunday morning starts with a delicious scramble (a la Tina) and a strong cup of joe. Today we are ready to start the most exciting and satisfying part of the job: laying down the new shingles.
First things first. A bundle of PABCO Premier shingles weighs ~70lb each. They are somewhat awkward to carry because the are flimsy and bend into a U shape when you pick them up. So, I was curious as to how Bob planned on getting these bundles onto the roof.
So, I asked... "Hey Bob, should I start planning to build a ramp so we can rope these bundles up onto the roof?".
And Bob replied.. "Awwwe you're so cute. Now, be a man and carry them up the ladder".
With this, he slung a bundle over his shoulder and scurried up the ladder. So, I tried to follow suit. Wow, these things are heavy... You droop one over your shoulder and start a shaky climb up to the roof. I am now half way up the ladder and I can't decide which is burning more; my shoulder or my quads.
Luckily Bob gave me plenty of opportunity to practice this technique. I carried 15 of the 17 bundles onto the roof. I realized today that, if you are a roofer... you don't need a gym membership.
As I carried the shingles up onto the roof Bob began installing them. First he started by installing the drip metal and the starter shingles (just simple tabs installed at the edges). Then he began to show me how to "cut a book" of shingles to start your pattern properly. It's amazing, but the entire system is based on one "gage" dimension (in this case 5 5/8").
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