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Decorative tiles on gable end: re-nailing

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by mike004, 15 Nov 2013.

  1. mike004

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    On the gable end of my house there are decorative tiles. These are hung vertically, nailed to a batten.
    A couple of these have dropped out.

    Is their an easy way to re-nail them? On a conventional pitched roof you can sometimes "wedge up" adjacent tiles, but these are vertically hung and there is not much leeway.

    Maybe a dab of silicone and hope for the best?
     
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    The hardest part is getting the remainder of the broken tile out, then the replacement simply hangs on the batten.
    A bit of silicone on the tail stops any rattling about.
     
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    The tile isn't broken. It fell out, complete with nail, onto the lawn. Maybe the batten is rotten?
    The tile is flat, so doesn't hang on a batten. It is nailed through a hole in the tile to the batten.
     
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    No nibs then?

    What are the tiles called?.
     
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    we need a pic sir!
     
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    The only way to do it without using gripbond or silicone is get a thin sturdy bar ie a hip iron put that over the nail and hit where accessible with a hammer.
     
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    Peg tiles more than likely.
     
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    Here are some pics.
    Flat, fan-shaped concrete tiles. No nibs.

     
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    The nibs been knocked off.
     
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    Looks like a winchester cut. Nibs been knocked off due to the angle.
     
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    Looks like a winchester cut. Nibs been knocked off due to the angle.
     
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    Well spotted. They have chopped up a square tile, to fit under the eaves.
    There doesn't look an easy way to bang that nail back in, unless I remove back to a few rows above it.
     
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    I would strip back a few row and see what is going on because they should not be falling out with the nail still in the tile.
     
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    Maybe the batten is rotten.
     
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