Sunday, June 14, 2015


Doing The Roofing Job / Installing Your New Roof

Preparing/Protecting The Job Area

Some general suggestions for
preparing the job area:
Make sure you have a clean, organized work area. Block it off from children and pets. Identify and avoid all site danger areas, such as dangerous power lines, unsafe roof access areas, and underground hazards (such as cesspools and power lines).
Remove wall hangings as well as any loose items from walls and shelves. Use tarps to avoid damaging plants and shrubs. Park any cars or other vehicles away from the driveway and a safe distance from the construction area. Disable any sprinkler systems. Cover any pools and hot tubs, and remove any other sensitive items around the house that might be damaged by falling roofing debris.

Tearing Off The Roof And Preparing The Roof Deck

Nothing is more important in roofing than preparing the surface under the shingles. With a roof tear-off, when the old materials are removed, you'll have a clean deck that allows you to see any potential problems that need to be fixed. This could range from rotten wood to cracked boards to an unsound deck that won't hold nails as well.
For the proper methods for tearing off a roof and preparing the roof deck, see our How-To-Video.

Installing Roof Deck Protection

The proper installation of high-quality roof deck protection like Deck-Armor™, Shingle-Mate®, or Tiger Paw™ is the foundation on which a good roof system is built.

Installing Leak Barrier

Protect your investment and safeguard vulnerable areas of your roof with GAF's proven leak barriers.

Starter Strip Shingles

One of the most common sources of failure in a roof system is the improper installation of starter shingles. This starter course is very important, especially for wind resistance. Starter strip shingles are the first line of defense against wind uplift along the edges of a roof. GAF offers pre-cut WeatherBlocker™ and Pro-Start® Starter Strips.
For the proper installation technique for starter strip shingles, see our How-To-Video.

Proper Shingle Nailing

Nailing errors, such as under-driven or angled nails, can cause future problems with your shingles—everything from premature failure and blistering to blow-offs. Nail type, location, length, angle, and force of application are all critical to consider when installing shingles. It's important to take your time when installing nails to insure the job is done correctly.
For the proper shingle nailing technique, see our How-To-Video.

Installing Your Shingles

Installing Timberline® Shingles
Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Technology are the #1-selling shingles in all of North America. Timberline® Shingles will not only protect your most valuable asset—they'll beautify your home for years to come.
For the proper installation technique for Timberline®, see our How-To-Video.
Installing Designer Shingles
Maximizing your property's visual appeal with Lifetime Designer Shingles from GAF can be exciting, fun—and a smart investment.

How To Do Valleys

Valleys are one of the areas of roofing that takes careful planning and time to install correctly. Valleys are a prime leak area, so it's important to be precise during installation.

Installing Flashing

Wherever surfaces intersect on a roof, there is a chance of water seepage. Flashing is highly recommended for waterproofing these critical areas of your roof.

Installing Ridge Vents

Proper ventilation is critical for helping to reduce hot and moist air in your attic space that can damage your possessions, increase your energy costs, and potentially reduce the longevity of your roofing system. The Federal Housing Authority, in the U.S. the Engineered Wood Association, many national building codes, and all major roofing manufacturers require the installation of attic ventilation. GAF offers one of the industry's most comprehensive line of ridge vents.
Installing ridge vents requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when installing ridge vents on your roof. See our Safety section for more details.
Deciding on the proper vent and the amount of ventilation needed is critical. Consult your local building code for balanced attic ventilation requirements in your area. Once you decide on the type of vent that is needed and how much to install, always ensure you install the vent as per written application instructions. Be careful not to cut any attic rafters or wires, and always ensure to properly fasten the vent to prevent blow-off or weather infiltration.

Installing Ridge Cap Shingles

Hip or ridge cap shingles are not only a great finishing touch to your roof, they are also a critical piece of your roof system that helps to protect some of the highest stress and vulnerable areas on your roof. GAF offers premium ridge cap shingles designed to match your GAF laminated shingles.
Installing hip or ridge shingles requires working on some of the highest parts of your roof—the hips and ridges. Always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury when installing hip or ridge shingles on your roof.

Installing Other Ventilation Options

GAF offers an extended line of professional-grade Master Flow® ventilation products, from whole house fans to roof louvers to turbines.

Cleaning Up The Job Site

Professional roofing contractors develop specialized techniques and equipment for keeping the jobsite clean. Tackling the job on your own, you can adopt some of these practices as well. Some quick tips are to shelter and protect bushes and plants that might be affected by material dropping from the roof, and to use a tarp to catch as much material as possible. Many roofing contractors follow a completed job by running a magnet over the 'drop zone' to collect any nails that might have escaped.
Also see our section on Recycling and Waste Disposal.

How Long Will It Take?

Realistically, do-it-yourself roofing can take a lot of time and effort. It depends on various factors, such as your level of experience, the size of your roof, whether or not you need to do a complete tear-off of the existing roof, how much preparation your roof deck needs, and how many people are assisting you. Since it's important not to leave your roof unprotected for any length of time, you must allow at least several uninterrupted days in a row to work on the project.
Keep in mind that a professional roofing contractor with a crew will finish the job more quickly and efficiently.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

from: james bird

Good morning Bird

james bird

Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fwd: Excursion to Grapevine Caynon.

Jim, sent from my I Pad

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From: james bird <>
Date: March 9, 2014 at 3:08:57 PM PDT
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Subject: Excursion to Grapevine Caynon.
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This week Jean and I went on what we perceived as a short trip to  a hike to see Petroglyphs in Grapevine Canyon.
We knew it was on the way to Laughlin NV. What we did not realize that it was only 12 miles from Laughlin and about 80 miles from our home. Thus, the hour + drive each way was more than anticipated. The trip ended up taking most of the day.

However, we learned that many of the Glyphs were over a thousand years old. We do not understand what many symbols represent. Some who have studied them think they were to Identify a canyon where water was to be found, in addition, some of the native tribes in the area consider the Canyon Sacred. There were easily identified Glyphs of Big Horned Desert Sheep.  The Canyon today is called Grapevine Canyon because wild grapevines flourish along the drainage from the springs. We have no idea as to how or when they got there in the middle of the desert. We gave up the hike before reaching a small waterfall about 2 miles up the canyon.  Most of the Glyphs were on  boulder's at the canyon's mouth.

I have attached a few pictures of our adventure.

May you be blessed with the ability to discern the promptings of the Spirit when faced with choices in your life.

Love Uma & Grandpa Bird

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Birds!

Dear Family and Friends:

It is almost 2014!  We are enjoying the winter in Las Vegas, especially when we read about the storms in New England.  

We have been to many parties and get togethers with ward members and sponsored Ward christmas breakfast.

Since returning to our home in Las Vegas in October, we have had the opportunity of visiting family in St. George, Gallup, New Mexico and Arizona.  We have also had the opportunity to attend the temple as it is only 45 minutes from our home.  

Jean has been making many quilts for friends and family.  She is also doing yoga again as it keeps her body limber.  She enjoys her walks with Jim in the early morning.  The sun rise encourages Jim to get out and enjoy nature.

Jim has enjoyed going to classes in computer, photo, and woodworking.  We are now slicing acadia tree that has been drying for a year.  We hope to make a tool box, and other items.

We have been blessed this past year by the opportunity to travel and visit friends and family. We have enclosed photos of some of the highlights: Our son Bret's Marriage, the baptism of our grandaughter, Isabella, Cortneys daughter ; The marriage of our grandson Matthew, Robin's son; Fireworks in New Haven, CT; Our trip to England, Wales and Iceland. On that trip we participated in the uniting of a wonderful family who are now all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. At home in las Vegas we enjoyed an Elvis Presley show, Fremont street downtown decorations, and The Smith Ctr.

We are expecting two great-grandchildren in July. Our posterity keeps growing!      

"One of the blessings of this time of year is the chance it gives us to connect with you, our friends and family."  We've had a happy, busy year here in the Bird household! We are looking forward to a busy,healthy and happy new year including our family reunion on July 26th 2014.
We wish all a Merry Christmas as it commerates the birth of Jesus Christ. His life was an example for all to follow for happiness in this life and the hope for eternal life. In the word's of Tiny Tim " God Bless Everyone"!

Our love and best wishes to all,

Jim & Jean Bird
5348 Vegas Drive #649
Las Vegas, NV 89108

Phone:  702-325-0226

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers day

Enjoy the Sabbath day;

For Mother's Day the Priesthood in our Ward made hand dipped Chocolates ,( See attached photos ).  I enjoyed the project as I had the opportunity to sample the variety of chocolates.  I have also enclosed a couple of Cactus flowers and one Mom took of me helping put up some drapes.

Happy Mothers day

Enjoy the Sabbath day;

For Mother's Day the Priesthood in our Ward made hand dipped Chocolates ,( See attached photos ).  I enjoyed the project as I had the opportunity to sample the variety of chocolates.  I have also enclosed a couple of Cactus flowers and one Mom took of me helping put up some drapes.

We will be at Cortney's on Thurs. Then on to Boston and Matt's wedding.

Love to all,
Grandpa Bird

Wednesday, August 8, 2012