The Cross House
With the corner now rebuilt, it was time to focus on getting new cedar shingles. I had hoped to re-use about 50% of the old shingles but no longer think this is an option, at least for this portion of the exterior.
For days and days I tried to find a supplier to ship shingles pre-cut to 6-inche side, and half with a flat bottom, and half with a half-round bottom.
And got nowhere.
One company returned my email; they require a 500 square foot minimum order and, at best, I need less than 400 square feet. Maybe only half that if I can re-use shingles outside the sewing room. One company returned my call; they could not offer 6-inch shingles, just 5-inch.
But most of my inquires went unanswered.
Today, while pondering this drama in the dining room, with the glittering chandelier overhead, I thought: Does Mark II carry shingles?
Mark II Lumber is but two blocks away. I knew they didn’t likely carry any cedar shingles. And I knew they would absolutely not carry the pre-cut shingles I needed. But…
…a phone call revealed that they had four bundles of shingles in stock!
I raced right over.
Mark II said they could order more bundles.
There were 83 useable shingles in the one bundle, which worked out to $1.83 for each usable shingle. Yep, eek.
I suspect I will do no better even if I could find a supplier to ship boxes of pristine read-cut shingles.
And this, dear readers, concludes for now the Shingle Drama of Union Street.