A couple of weeks ago, I asked a question about how to operate a
chalkline in relation to putting new three-tab asphalt shingles on a
Got some great answers and my son and I went to work. Unfortunately, it
was much more work than I anticipated, and being a "40-something" mom
with an 18-year-old not too enthusiastic son as a co-worker, just
getting the bundles of shingles on the roof just about killed both of
So, work has progressed quite slowly. However, the end is in sight. We
are at the top! We measured so as to adjust the last few rows of
shingles so that they end right at the top.
Perfect! Well, maybe not. This is a shed roof, basically a slanted
piece of plywood built on an angle with none of those fancy valleys,
ridges and other parts of a roof that we know nothing about. So, other
than cutting off parts of the three tabs at the end of each row, it has
been pretty simple.
Except, what do we do now. My son pointed out, just as we prepared to
start the last row, that half the shingle will be grey, the bottom half
with the tabs will be white and the "black tarry strip across the
shingle will also be exposed. And where do we nail it?
I did buy a piece of drip edge that will come up over the top of
shingle and I suppose we could nail right at the top, slop roof cement
where the shingle and drip edge will meet and go from there....will
But, hey, I'm a woman, it is still going to look ugly with the
half-half color and tar at the top, and with using the chalkline and
all throughout, we have otherwise a very "perfect" looking job. Of
course it took us some 12 hours so far for 8 bundles...