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though i do mostly trim and finish carpentry now, i still do a fair amount of roofing. i run a starter across the bottom and up the sides with a 1" overhang, cutting each shingle when it gets to the end i use another shingle as a straight edge to line up with the starter (easy to show, hard to describe). i also run a 45 pattern with all my shingles. i use a five inch reveal. using a 45 pattern you can do a full nail off without having to stop and lift a shingle to hit a blind nail. like grump stated, quality is much better than quantity. i do like him and stack the ridge and then feed off a bundle next to me. you will get faster as you get older, but learn to do it the BEST that you can.
 

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dooger, you can lay 28 bundles in 65 minutes??? even with a bundler that is amazing. if i could do that i wouldn't be shingling. i would be hitting the road challenging roofers to a contest and i would be walking away with more money than i could count. i don't roof fulltime anymore, but even on my best day my goal was to average 1 square off and 1 square on an hour. that meant roughly 7-8 a day.
 

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doogger, how do you keep your bundlers? when i have tried them they quit going to shingling cause there is more money in laying them. i have tried a team approach where i have a shingler and a bundler and pay the pair the same, i figure the guy humping them works harder than the guy laying them, but the guy laying them has more skill so it all pans out. but this fails cause the shingler gets mad cause of the old school process of you get paid by the square and the bundler ain't "really working". most roofers i have come across that are top notch are in business for themselves, and the rest well are just at it long enough to get beer/drug money. then they come slinking back when they need more money. i have done the last 20 or so roofs solo. i am so glad that roofing is not my main fair. trim is finally coming back around, i am so happy. things go in spurts around here. i just finished trimming out a church sanctuary this week and i have two other houses to trim out. maybe, i won't have to roof much anymore.

you would think with a company name Finishing Touch Carpenty, people wouldn't think roofing. but it is word of mouth that is kept it alive. what a double edge sword word of mouth can be.
 
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