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Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by mywaynow, May 30, 2013.

  1. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    Thoughts on using BL as material for roof shingles. Never rots and is hard. Not impossible to work with, though tuff. Just contemplating another way to make use of the stuff.

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  2. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Old timers around here used oak back in the day (old farm houses, barns, and covered bridges are easily found with oak shake roofs), even though most places are filthy with BL. I'm sure there's a reason for that, but have no idea what it is.

    Maybe it is more permeable to water than oak? Maybe they split too easy (not splitting into shakes, but crack after they are shakes)? Maybe they are just fine?
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I think BL is a bugger to keep from splitting at the thinner thicknesses. Also - being quite hard, nails will probably have more of a tendency to split them.
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