Hole is Gone!

We finally got the hole covered back up. It will be a lot easier to slate this area now that there is actually wood to nail to. =) Kerry now has to start handing slate tiles down from the top of the roof instead of out the little hole we left in the roof. This is slow going. We are going to have to figure out a better way to stay on the roof while we are working.

10 thoughts on “Hole is Gone!

  1. carhartt986 April 27, 2021 / 18:41

    It looks so good but being on an incline like that wears a body out. It would be so great if Bertha could reach that high and make the job easier for you Frank.

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    • moorelandhouse April 27, 2021 / 20:43

      You are absolutely right. We are going to need to build a longer platform for Bertha. Don’t tell anyone though. People think it is very unsafe.


  2. Essie Carol Collins April 28, 2021 / 08:59

    I know this will probably sound dumb because I know nothing about slate roofs. So as in modern roofs there is a roofing paper that goes between the plywood and the roof shingles. On this slate roof it seems this paper is not used and the slate is nailed directly to the wood of the roof. I know the slate overlaps each other but if one comes loose and falls off that leaves the wood vulnerable.
    Is there a step I am missing.

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    • moorelandhouse April 28, 2021 / 09:20

      That is a very contested discussion. The slate roof will outlast “tar paper” and the tar paper that was under the slate on the Mooreland House was one of the reasons it deteriorated. The “tar” slowly evaporated from the paper over the last 100 years and the paper that was left held moisture under the slate. If a single slate is removed there is still a 3 inch overlap from the slate above it. There are very few roofing systems that are capable of lasting 100 years but it will have to be maintained. By the way, your question was very appropriate. We have learned most of what we know from a very experienced slater that wrote the book “The Slate Roofing Bible”.


  3. Elizabeth VanArsdall April 28, 2021 / 16:23

    Oh, doing the slate roof looks so scary. Be very careful!!!

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    • moorelandhouse April 28, 2021 / 16:30

      We are very careful and use safety measures in case something goes wrong. It is safer than it looks. =)


  4. J. Staft April 29, 2021 / 11:30

    Mooreland has such a complicated roof. It’s really a “master class” project that you are immersed in. I’m thinking ten years down the road and the many project techniques that you will have learned or perfected. Plus, I’m imagining, the tremendous daily sense of satisfaction, no matter how small or large, in bringing that beautiful house, one step closer to restoration.

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    • moorelandhouse April 29, 2021 / 11:46

      You absolutely nailed it! There is nothing better than knowing that we made the world just a little bit better every day we bring this house back to life. We hope to be able to share the wisdom we gain along the way with others that have the same interest as well.


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