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Good roof repair demands the right set of tools on hand, and if you’re not exactly sure what you’re going to need, it’s best not to go wandering through the hardware store with a guess and a prayer. Instead, understanding exactly what you need before you ever dig the ladder out of the garage can not only save you a bit of time and another trip to the store, but it could also save your roof, too. After all, the right tool for the right job means better results every single time.
A good roof repair job begins with a few basic tools. First, make certain you have a ladder that will get you up there. It should be sturdy enough to hold your weight, so make sure it’s not shaky when you climb on it. In most cases, you’ll probably want to avoid wooden ladders, as they tend to be less sturdy than fiberglass models are. Aluminum ladders come in a close second. Make certain you inspect your ladder for defects before you start climbing on it. If it’s held together with screws, make sure they’re tight, too. If you don’t seem to have a ladder that will work for you, invest in one or borrow one from a friend or family member.
In addition to a good ladder, you should also invest in a good utility knife, a tape measure, a hammer, and a chalk line, as well as any materials you actually need for the job. Your utility knife is what you’ll use to cut your shingles and other roofing material. There are some specialized roofing utility knives. They have knobs that turn to open them, which can eliminate the need to use a screwdriver to open it and close it. You should still be able to find this type of utility knife at your local hardware store. The tape measure, hammer, and chalk line you’ll need are all fairly standard equipment.
Once you have the basic tools on hand for roof repair you may need to know a bit more about using them before you get started. First, remember that you should hold your roofing nails with your palm up to get it started. While you usually use your thumb and forefinger to hold a nail, in this case, it can help keep you from serious injury if you hit your hand while you’re on the roof. Additionally, it’s important to note that a plastic cap nail has the sheathing around it to help hold the felt a bit better. The surface of these nails is far broader than traditional nails, and thanks to a measure of flexibility in the sheath, you can be sure the wind won’t pull at the felt. This is where one other helpful tool can come into place. You can get a pneumatic nail gun to drive the nail and its cap into the roof fairly quickly, which is great if it’s just you working on the project.
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