What a warm beautiful Saturday afternoon. What a nice day to put the top down and take a long ride… or patch the roof! God I loves me a roof. Well, to hang out on, not fix! Unfortunately I only came to grips with the need for some patching shortly before my vacation a few weeks ago. Porch roof, old and cracking, flat, leaking a tad in monsoon season, yada yada. Did cleaning the gutters help? Who knows… we have had little moisture! So, we are down to winterizing time at long last. I know it’s time because we lit our first fire with a fake log last night!

Somehow the new Bond movie sounded better than this chore last weekend. At least I picked up what sounded like the right thing upon inspection of the roof. Oh, and after consulting several other inexperienced friends. Plastic Roof Cement. And a plastic putty knife. Maybe next month I’ll cover the other swamp cooler and buy some firewood.

I first stumbled upon Duke City Fix years ago after googling gone awry. I was looking for home repair tips for our area... "Duke City Fix" sounded like a perfect adobe and old push button light switch forum! In honor of that splendid accident I am here to share some info.

I wish this chore upon no man, woman, or child. But, you gotta do what you gotta do. I would like to share a few tips with the rest of the inexperienced roof patchers out there. Tar and paper is one thing, but this naked roof cement application kind of sucked. So, I hope this helps.

1. Do this in the late spring or early fall. That can of gunk that sat at room temperature for 24 hours will quickly become difficult to work with as it drops 10, 20, or more degrees.
2. Maybe hire a trained professional. If you do not possess the time, energy, or previous experience with a trowel &/or putty knife seek out a licensed contractor or reputable handyman now.
3. Plan your escape route. Do you want to get tar all over your best ladder? You may as well throw out your gloves and climb down very carefully.
4. Don’t stand too close to the edge after inhaling those fumes for some time.
5. Wear long pants and long shirt sleeves. Wear old pants and old shirt. Wear old gloves, maybe 2 pair!

6. Be prepared to throw some clothes away. Gently place your oldest sneakers, your oldest gloves, and possibly the rest of your clothes into the empty bucket and shoot it off the roof before leaving the scene of the crime. Mount the ladder with the hand that doesn’t hurt now. Watch for neighbors and popo.

7. Be sure your old can of mineral spirits did not evaporate. Oh, there are substitutes for cleaning your skin in a pinch such as; rubbing alcohol, hardcore toner, even nail polish remover. However, proceed with caution as this will be extremely time consuming and painful. Also, don’t grow too attached to your epidermal layer. The special surprise is when any of these liquids gets in your newly formed blisters.

8. Be prepared to go into public to the hardware store afterwards looking as though you have been haphazardly changing diapers all day. Don’t touch the steering wheel. You have had only 1 or 2 beers or your spotter drives.

9. Have cold beer on standby. For during, after, and in celebration of completion. Yah, it’s one of those jobs.
10. Don’t take your camera on the roof.

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Comment by RivetGang on November 23, 2008 at 7:38am
Consider painting over any repairs, especially the parapit edges, with the "Silver" stuff, it reflects the light and keeps the black tar from cracking and degrading!

I was on my roof on Saturday as well, doing the same task.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 23, 2008 at 10:54am
Dude, not the K-Swiss! Why did they have to die such a furious and forlorn death?
Comment by misterhinkydink on November 23, 2008 at 11:27am
Nitrile gloves are your friend.
Comment by MayMay on November 23, 2008 at 11:54am
Ha! I'm looking at that same exact brand of material right now! My husband and I are puttin in a chimney for our newly acquired wood stove. Yeah! So instead of plugging up cracks and leaks, we are covering over a huge intentional hole cut in our roof. Good stuff all the way around. Guess I better get back to work before the boss realizes I'm on the computer. Ha.
Comment by shotsie on November 23, 2008 at 2:48pm
I use the rubberized goop to patch - elastic seal or something like that - the plastic stuff usually is emulsified with water for easy spreading (like mayonnaise) - the elastic stuff is usually solvent based and doesn't care what temperature it is outside as long as it pours. In this weather, the plastic stuff will freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw.... until it dries. I think you enjoyed the nice weather too long..... (Seconds on the K-Swiss - I buy cheapy sneaks for muck and yuck work.)
Comment by cc on November 30, 2008 at 8:41am
This is a fantastic post, Martini Mike.
We have pitched rooves, but I have done the job of putting on the rolled roofing paper on them with the tar and wish I'd 've had your essay read before doing it!
Hubby did clean out our gutters pre-Thanksgiving rain, fortunately, without me holding extension ladder for him - not good. Our neighbor had her extension ladder collapse on her recently which broke ribs ...

Sorry to be changing subject a bit, but friends with New Jersey connections found a cool product for gutters which I covet - a 3-D mesh snake-like plastic coil that fits in the gutter and allows water, but no leaves to get in! I have not seen that product for sale around here. Where is the company that manufactures useful items from our city's recycled plastic? This would be a booming biz, methinks.


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