July 1, 1990
The drawing below shows my method for replacing a broken roof slate. Unlike the traditional repair method that is usually performed in our part of the country, this technique leaves…
May 1, 1990
Clay or concrete, a tile roof will outlast the next generation.
The secret to successful piecework, from hanging doors to framing roofs, is to break down a process into a series of simple steps.
March 1, 1990
Common shingles mimic a traditional reed thatch.
A quartet of gables is linked by California-style valleys.
January 1, 1990
How one carpenter calculates the tough cuts.
There's more to laying three-tab shingles than just nailing them on as fast as possible.
Whenever we have to strip a roof -- always a horrible task -- we start by spreading a 4-mil polyethylene sheet over the ground near the house. Then we back…
November 1, 1989
Beneath the surface, it's not the same as it used to be.
January 1, 1989
Inwardly leaning arches defy gravity.
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