Using Roof Jacks

Roof jacks provide a stable surface to work, increasing safety.

Step 1

Roof jacks provide a stable surface to work, increasing safety and making it easier to apply roofing. Ideally, locate a rafter below the sheathing. (You can usually feel sheathing nails, which are driven into rafters through the underlayment.) Attach a jack by driving two 16d nails (never roofing nails) into a rafter.

Step 2

Slip whichever size board -- usually a 2X8 or 2X10 -- will fit snugly into the jacks. The plank should overhang the jacks by about 6 inches on each side. Secure the plank to the jack as shown to prevent the plank from tipping over.

Step 3

To remove a jack when you're done with it, tap up with a hammer to disengage the jack from the nails. To drive the nails in so they don't poke through the roofing, slip a flat pry bar under the shingle and over the nailhead and pound the nail down. Or, if the tab is flexible enough, lift it as you nail.

Comments (2)
stephiesmith92 wrote:

We've been needing to do this for a while, and while we want to save money, we weren't sure whether or not we should leave it to a contractor. This looks doable! I'll just have to make sure we have a the proper materials and take all the precautions. Thanks for sharing :)

6/15/2015 08:32:06 AM Report Abuse
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