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How To Remove Shingles

hi its Shannon here from house

improvements calm and in today's video I

just want to show you how to strip

shingles off of a roof so you can kind

of see I've got really the majority of

the roof done already but we've left

this little patch just to do a

demonstration on the tools to use and a

little bit of the technique to do it all

up so basically start off with I guess

really don't need any real special tools

you can buy one of these roofing shovels

so it's got kind of the serrated and

here which grip onto the nails nicely

and it has an extra piece added on the

back to give you a little bit of

leverage when you're prying the shingles

and you'll kind of see what that's for

when I get doing it in all honesty this

is the first time I've used a roofing

shovel myself I usually just use a

square narrow shovel like this and it it

almost works just as well this this

piece on the back does give a little bit

of an extra advantage so I guess it is

worth it it wasn't a big-ticket item

either thirty forty dollars you'll find

them at most of your local stores so so

basically you need some kind of item to

strip the shingles off going to need a

push broom or whatever to clean up

you're going to need maybe a couple

garbage cans the main thing you really

need is something to haul the shingles

away in so whether you actually get a

dumpster delivered to your site or we're

having a real windy day here right now

so sorry about the sound so you may need

to get a dumpster delivered or maybe

you're going to use your truck whatever

I recommend a dumpster or some kind of

dumping trailer just because the last

thing usually you want to do at the end

of the day after you've loaded all these

shingles in the trailer or truck is hand

balm them all out at the landfill or

your local recycler so

if you can like I said make make a

little easier on yourself rent a trailer

that dumps something like that

so okay so there's no real real science

to this

safety-wise obviously you're going to be

working near the edge of your roof we've

set up scaffolding here more really for

the purpose of being able to film our

series here but it's not a bad idea just

to give you a little bit of protection

at least along the eave side of your

roof if you've got a really steep roof

you're going to want fall protection

which is hooks on the roof with that

with an actual safety harness and a

retractable lanyard and everything you

know so just depending on your area your

roof I honestly wouldn't recommend this

as a DIY project if your roof is any

more than a 612 pitch or even if it's

two storeys high

most homeowners probably shouldn't be up

there messing around so so let's just

get down to the project we have in at

hand itself so obviously you know we've

removed a lot of this we're work down

right down here by the eve of the roof

I don't know that really matters where

you start whether you start at the top

start at the bottom start in the middle

of the roof I it really doesn't matter

what I like to do if I can I've got a

trailer parked at this far end down here

that was the closest I could get to the

roof you know so what I did is I started

stripping at the far end and working my

way this way and only because then I'm

not walking on what I've just stripped

off where there could be mail sticking

up that sort of thing I'm kind of

walking over the existing shingles it's

a little safer you know that's kind of

my preference I generally like to start

at the top of the roof again you can

start at the bottom it really doesn't

matter so so like I said we've worked

our way down basically you're just going

to take your whatever you're using to

strip the shingles you're going to come

down two or three rows and you're just

going to get underneath them like so and

I'm going to just throw my safety

glasses I don't know if it's necessary

but the more the Sun today you think so

you're going to get your shovel or

whatever right under the shingle

kind of push up and you're just going to

pry down that's where that little foot

on the bottom kind of comes in handy

you're just going to keep moving up to

you kind of get up to the top edge you

broke all those nails free slide over

another footer not even just do the same

thing you're just going to work your way

along like that now as you're doing this

you're not going to get absolutely every

nail out a lot of them are going to just

rip out of the shingle that sort of

thing so you know once you get your area

clear we're going to go back and pull

those nails and clean up all that stuff

so just go along do a bit of an error

decent-size area okay now depending on

how much room and space you have to work

and you know how much help you have sort

of thing too if I'm by myself all I do

once I get a bit of an area done I just

take these shingles and just kind of

stack them up a little bit just to get

them out of the way and also it just

makes it easier that when you get you

know enough them you want to throw them

off the edge you just come over and grab

an arm full of them so if you kind of

have them all pre stacked up it really

helps okay and it just kind of gets them

up out of your way too as you continue

on doing the rest of the roof so I'll

strip a little bit more here

now as you go along oh I'm out of breath

as you go along you're going to come to

different obstructions you might have

plumbing vents like we have here

chimneys ventilation for the roof you

know whatever might be sticking up out

of the roof so as you come along to them

just need to take a little bit of care

that you don't damage it if you're going

to try to reuse it or you know in this

case break that pipe off or something

like that so I basically you can see

usually on most things there they should

be set up so there's a part of it

sticking out on the lower core so this

one's led here so I'll just kind of get

under it and get it started I think I'm

going to replace this anyways but I'll

just show you just for demo you can see

that there's a kind of a leading edge of

nails and it should be tarred down or

some kind of roofing cement as well so

just kind of work your way along there

till you get it started okay so we've

kind of got that edge all done and I

just want to work my way along back up

underneath here because this this piece

of lead or rubber or whatever your roof

has it's going to go up something like

that underneath these upper shingles

usually takes a little bit just to kind

of get it all up off of there

pull the shingle off

so you can kind of see that flashing

that's all around this piece here now I

I actually have a replacement flashing

to go over this that's rubber

this one's been used and reused it's

probably original to the house from the

1950s it's been looks like it's been

reused every time and quite honestly

these LED ones are quite good because

you know you can kind of flex it up out

of the way do what you got to do in most

cases and reuse it again like I said

this one is just getting pretty old so I

thought it might as well get changed out

okay so you can see we still need to be

a little bit careful because this course

of shingles still goes underneath the

edge of that okay so I'm going to just

kind of get this all finished up and

then we'll come back and we'll just look

at kind of what's left behind and you

know what you need to do to basically

clean up the job

okay so once you have all the shingles

off you may or may not have some of this

felt paper maybe even on the entire roof

so in today's wind I'm surprised it's

stayed here but so we just want to peel

that off okay so you'd get rid of all

your paper now you're going to have as

you look back where you were you're

going to have a lot of spots like this

where you've got you know pieces of

shingle still stuck down with nails so

you can just come along with either your

hammer or the roofing shovel and just

kind of pry them out what usually what I

do is I just work my way down the roof

going section by section you'll take in

whatever width I can kind of handle

because you know it takes a bit of

perspective to get a bit of a look and

just kind of go along and pop them all

out of there and you know and just work

along the whole roof okay

so then once you think you've got all

the nails out just take your broom sweep

the entire area so you know it just kind

of gathers everything up I usually just

use a little dustpan in the bucket clean

it up some people will clean the rate

down to their eave trough and then clean

the eave trough Oh which you should do

you should clean it out after you're

done anyways here we've got gutter

guards on so it doesn't really collect

in the eave trough so you just basically

clean the air yep

get rid of all your little scraps this

roof because it's individual boards

there's lots of little nails and

actually these look like they're still

from maybe the time before this you know

they've fallen down in this crack the

more of those you can kind of gather up

the less chance that when you're

hammering on the new shingles that sort

of thing in the roof is bouncing less

chance of some of these coming down and

getting underneath your new shingles and

causing a hole or

or just plain old kneeling on them okay

so just clean it up nice and clean get

it all ready this would be the time when

you'd kind of inspect the sheeting or

whatever's whatever is down here the

substrate for any rot or anything that

needs to be changed out and change it

out so you can prepare to put your new

roof on I think I think we showed you

the real basics here it's definitely a

lot easier if you've got some help if

you can gather up one or two friends and

you know a case of beer or something

like that - and pizza you know goes a

long ways to keeping your buddies happy

so they maybe could come and give you a

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