How to Hand-Split Shingles and Shingle a House

How to hand-split shingles and shingle a house, including tools, traditional shingle break and illustrated guide, nailing base and shingle placement.



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Reroofing the Gott cabin is a job for the entire family
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Shingle step 1
1. First,split a shingle block into eight more or less equal sections, using a froe and hardwood mallet.
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Shingle step 3
3. You'll also need to split off the bark and the sapwood beneath it.
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Shingle step 2
2. Split away the darker colored (unusually) heartwood from the point of each wedge of wood.
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Shingle step 5
5. The final splits call for a delicate touch with the froe to prevent uneven splitting.
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Shingle step 7
7. The intricate shingling pattern provides good insurance against leaks.
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Shingle step 4
4. Once the block has been split a few times, you'll need to support it in a shingle break.
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Shingle step 6
6. A large chisel can be used to "dress up" any ragged edges and prepare the shingle for use.
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Shingle nailing base and shingle placement.
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A traditional shingle break.
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