Do-it-yourselfer offers re-roofing advice

Despite tough job, work guaranteed to be 'done right'
Published on Jul 12, 2006

Every so often we get an inquiry from one of our readers wanting to replace a worn-out shake roof with asphalt shingles. The first question is, "Can I do it myself?" The second one is, "Do I have to replace the underlying boards with plywood?" Our answers are yes and yes. Late last October, we received an e-mail from Jonathan Fishman, a homeowner in Davis, Calif. We were just entering what turned out to be one of the wettest winters in memory -- not a good time for a column on re-roofing. Now, with most of the rain behind us (we hope), it's a good time to share Fishman's story. It contains tons of good information and practical tips that we hope will inspire the do-it-yourself roofers out there. Here is what he wrote: "My new roof just passed city inspection, and I am writing to say thank you for pointing me in the right direction. "You may recall I wrote to you last spring asking for do-it-yourself advice on replacing several layers of old shingles, wood and comp. "You told me I neede...