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Replace slates held on with slate hooks

Postby Phil70 » Thu Jun 30, 2022 4:51 pm

I'm looking for advice on replacing a roof slate. Except for the first line of slates - which are nailed on - all the slates on my roof are secured using slate hooks. The broken slate I want to replace is in the middle of the roof - so it is hooked on and the top of it will be under the hook of the tile above.

I can pull it out as it is broken, but how would I get the new slate in?

Many thanks if anyone has any suggestions.
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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Jul 08, 2022 9:10 pm

Hi phil70,
If your slate hooks are the double bend type it should be straightforward to remove the broken one and slide a new slate in. Make sure you use a slate that is a couple of mill narrower than the gap.
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Postby Phil70 » Sat Jul 09, 2022 8:01 am

Thanks Stoneyboy! The hooks are in the form you describe - from what you're saying I guess there must be enough free play between adjacent tiles to be able to wiggle them out and back in again; I was concerned as from the cut-away pictures of how the slates lie using this kind of hook that they looked really tightly located, but your comment is reassuring.

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