Back to Inching Along

The current focus is the area to the right of the windows.


The bottom of this section dies into the roof. See that galvanized trim tucked under the shingles? That allows the shingles to flare out. But, for this to work right, there needs to be an extension bit of trim on top of the galvanized trim so that the flared shingles properly creep up the angle of the roof.


So, a pressure-treated trim piece had to be custom cut. Electric planer to the rescue!




Perfect! This wood piece is not necessary above the metal trim. No, all that is really needed is that short section to the very right, which leaps past the galvanized trim. This will assure that the flared shingles can attach to something before dying into the roof.


New flashing had to be inserted for the roof shingles. And while it is hard to tell, the flashing angles back to the vertical wall plane. The wood shingles will do the same.


Yes, this all may seem confusing! But without these steps the new wood shingles will not die gracefully into the roof plane. Oh, the horror!

This will make more sense as progress images are posted!




  1. Trace on December 7, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Wow neat. Making improvements and making it look like how it would 100 years ago. I do the same thing with my truck. I make improvements, but I make it look stock.

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on December 8, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Your attention to detail is just amazing! See, no one else would ever do this. They would buy vinyl, slap it on and move on. This, this is how you restore such a home!

    • Ross on December 9, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks, Dan!

      The curious things is that I enjoy doing it right!

      Putting on vinyl siding would depress me, and I would lose interest in the project.

  3. Linda A. on December 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I was so bad in geometry….and this sounds like geometry!!! Good thing you know what you are doing, Ross. Were any parts of the other 3 sides of the house this challenging?

    • Ross on December 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      Linda, the other three facades, while a ton of work, were a breeze compared to the south facade.

  4. Seth Hoffman on December 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Looking good as always!

    It appears you’re weaving the baby tins in under each shingle course and matching them to the shingle courses? That’s the right way! I’m always dissappointed at how many people do them wrong, especially roofers!

  5. Mike on December 9, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Ross, most people restoring an old house would not have thought of this; here is another reason why you should consider writing a book sharing all of your insights into restoration. Something you can do in your spare time, LOL

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