Do-it-yourselfer offers re-roofing advice

Despite tough job, work guaranteed to be 'done right'

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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...