The Shingle Drama

So, all the shingles have been removed on the second-floor, outside the room which was originally the housekeeper’s room. You can see the rotted sheathing. And, at the inside corner? The vertical framing was rotted out almost completely. Meaning that nothing much was actually holding up this corner. Yep, eek.


This is one of the 2×6 studs, now removed. It was originally 5-1/2-inches wide. Yep, eek.


The new 2×6 studs! I chose pressure-treated as they will never rot again.


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.


This is a bundle. This is what I commonly available. This is a bunch of random width cedar shingles. 


What I need though are shingles at least 6-inches wide. So, I pulled one bundle apart…


…and ended up with this many 6-inch-wide or more shingles. 


And this many I can’t use. However, I now have the ideal Christmas present for every carpenter I know: Lots of shims!


All the useable shingles will need to be cut to 6-inches wide. Than half of these will need to be sawn with a half-round bottom. This is not hard, just tedious.


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.




  1. Anthony Bianchini on November 2, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Sounds like you’ve got a case of the shingles!

    • Mary Carol on November 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      They have a shot for that now!

      • bill whitman on April 3, 2019 at 8:31 am

        don’t believe all they tell you. I had a dramatic and painful reaction to the shingles vaccine which continues over a year later. I am pro vaccination but over 50% of those receiving the shingles vaccination get a reaction similar to mine. think twice on this one

  2. tiffaney jewel on November 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I’m no architect, but it seems like the house needs pieces to hold it up. Glad those got replaced!

    Joking aside, did the original 2x6s completely rot away? Did they rot away just enough, like the one in the picture? Or were many just not there to begin with?

  3. Sandra Lee on November 2, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Whew! the shingle drama was intense 🙂

  4. Pat on November 3, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I got some cedar shingles at Menards, but your bundle looks to be of better quality. Lumber yards tend to have higher quality stock than the big box stores. The big box stores are closer to me though. You are so lucky to have one that close!

  5. Dan Goodall-Williams on November 3, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I left a comment, but not sure if it worked. Try and don’t laugh,

  6. Doug on November 3, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Ahhhhhh. – I have some — Let’s make a deal

  7. Kim on November 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Yea, I’m gonna make the dumbass suggestion, here. Just buy the 500 sq ft run of shingles. Never know when you may need more. 😏 Ok yes, 200 more… may be a bit much.
    But, what about the house next door – are it’s shingles of a different scale? The extra may come in handy for other tie-in projects down the line. (back alley car park/port area, maybe?) When all is said & done, you could always sell the extra.
    Sorry Ross, I just had to get that out of my system. I think it’s my Autumnal packrat attempting to lurch into action & mayhem. I’ll try to keep it better in check. 😉

    • A.H. on November 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Yeah I was going to say the same thing. You’ll totally need more spares later. But you be the judge

  8. Seth Hoffman on November 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

    If you really get desperate to get the most out of stock random-width shingles, you could always glue narrow ones together. If you use Titebond III waterproof exterior wood glue they’ll be just as strong as a solid full-width shingle.

    Considering the hassle, I tend to agree that ordering some pre-made (especially with the fancy-butts already cut) may be worth it, even if you have to order more than you need. As others have mentioned, odds are you’ll find a use for them eventually, or at the very least, the next owner decades from now will gleefully discover your stash of spares when doing patch and repair work of their own!

  9. Rand C on November 7, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    This has nothing to do with anything really, but you brought back fun memories. I worked my way through college at Mark II Lumber while attending Emporia State University! Gosh, that seems so long ago……perhaps because it was!

  10. bill whitman on April 3, 2019 at 8:38 am

    we have mills up here in maine that work exclusively with cedar for shingles, clapboards and whatever and since they work with raw material are glad to provide shingles all of a specified width. there must be some mills like that in the flatland. as far as the round ones, I have seen where they stack a pile and cut them with a bandsaw. much faster.

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