How to use a shingle hammer

Written by hollan johnson
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While most people don't spend a lot of time thinking about it, a roof is what protects us from the elements of rain and sun. Shingles keep the roof waterproof and allow water to drain off it. A shingle hammer has a hammer on one side and a shingle hatchet on the other side. This makes cutting and placing shingles on a roof easier than working with two different tools.

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Things you need

  • Nails
  • Shingles
  • Shingle hammer

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  1. 1

    Line the shingles up so they overlap by about 1 to 2 inches.

  2. 2

    Place a nail on the top centre of the shingle. Hold the shingle hammer close to the head and bring it down on the nail swiftly so the nail goes into the shingle in one hit. Hammer all the nails into the shingles like this.

  3. 3

    Turn the shingle hammer over to the hatchet side. Cut along the side of a shingle that is too long or wide for the place it is meant to go. This works best for shingles on corners or at the edge of the roof. Bring the hatchet side down on the shingle to cut it.

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