Bodging a slate roof patch

I've got a slate roof with some slates missing. It needs properly looking at, but that may take some time. In the meantime, has anybody got any ideas on a suitable patching technique? Ie what to patch with, how to attach it? I think there's about one lath showing.
(I've got safe access to the roof from the outside, none from the inside).
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Any impervious sheet material - alumiminium sheet, cement fibre board, galvanised sheet. Nail a strip of lead or copper about 1" wide to the exposed lath between the upper pair of slates, push the sheet into place under the above slates and over the strip, and bend the strip of lead / copper over the sheet to stop it slipping out.
Might look unsightly, but it's only temporary to keep you dry over winter.
AWEM
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Genuine slates are very cheap, I cant see any point pathcing with anything else, unless you're truly brassic. If so, patches of roofing felt would do for a while.
NT
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On Thu, 18 Nov 2010 11:52:02 -0800 (PST), Tabby wrote:

Agreed, just replaced a few slates on our roof. The 10 x 20" slates were about 1.20 each. Slaters ripper 17 ish, box of 4 x 40 mm galvanised clouts couple of quid and some plastic "sim-fix" retainers, expensive at about 30p each.
http://www.roofingsuperstore.co.uk/product/roofing-accessories/fixings /ubbink-sim-fix-refurbishment-slate-strap-.html
http://tinyurl.com/352uqn4
I like these as they hold the bottom edge of the slate down as well as stopping it slipping out, unlike a strip of lead. They are black so virtually invisible on the roof, unlike a strip of lead.
Others have posted links to guides on the procedure, it's very simple. The hardest part I found was getting the top of the replacement slate onto the top lath. My ripper could do with being an inch or two longer so it can come in from the side and still easily reach the top lath whilst allowing the replacement slate to slide up it.
What may not be obvious is always work from a roof ladder do not walk up the slates as you will crack 'em.
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Cheers
Dave.




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Oh they look handy, need to replace some slates on our utility room and old stable, think I'll give them a try. I've got some lead, but that looks a quicker and neater option.
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On Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:51:44 +0000, chris French wrote:

Sim-Fix, might not be quicker as sliding the inverted T bit between the two lower slates can be tricky on a "tight" roof. I found the notch in the end of the ripper the best way for shoving it up. I think they are neater than lead and as we are very exposed having the bottom edge fixed(*) seems like a good idea.
(*) If you get the top edge of the slate onto the top batten there isn't much movement but still more than a properly nailed slate.
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On 18/11/10 19:52, Tabby wrote:

For once i totally agree reclaimed slates are only 1 each from most reclamation yards, madness to use anything else.
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On 19/11/10 16:50, Mark. wrote:

they're 2 each at Leominster.
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george [dicegeorge] wrote:

Even at £2 it's worth it, unless you trying to patch something the size of Sarah Beenys new gaff. http://www.risehall.com/renovation/overview
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>Even at 2 it's worth it, unless you trying to patch something the size of >Sarah Beenys muff >
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On 18/11/2010 17:50, Clive George wrote:

Thanks all for the advice, which seems to have boiled down to "it's easy enough to do a normal fix". So I retrieved my slates (have reasonable numbers of spares knocking around), and went and got some lead (the plastic ones might have been an option but not available locally), and had a merry time this afternoon cutting and nailing. I have no doubt I will find out how successful I have been later, but it looks at least moderately convincing :-)
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