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Replacing single verge tile

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by robbiejustice, 25 Jun 2019.

  1. robbiejustice

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    I have one verge tile (plain clay, original 1930s roof) on the bottom eaves course that is broken. Can anyone advise on a good way to fit a new one? I don't think I can nail one unless I take the whole verge off.

    I have a normal tile and a half to put in there but it will need cutting both on the side and the bottom as the width is a bit less than a tile and a half and it is an eaves tile. I don't have an electric cutter. Would scoring it and snapping it work?
     

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    You need angle grinder to cut , also timber needs replacing where rotten and gutters too short .
     
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    They will pincer off ..
     
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    Or...get yourself a brick hammer and a spare tile betwixt your legs and chip it off, like wot we used to do. Showed the young 'un t'uther day, as he was about to rush off and get the grinder. He was most impressed.:mrgreen:
     
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    Thanks for your responses. The gutters being a bit too short is very annoying but as it's only a few inches I am tempted to leave it.

    I'll give the tile cutting a go using that method noseall. With skill can you get a decent straight line? Would scoring the tile first help? Unbelievably I couldn't find a YouTube video on it.

    For replacing the verge tile query - i can't think of a way of nailing the replacement in without taking all the verge tiles off so i am planning on just cementing it and hoping it lasts until the whole verge is replaced.
     
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    Could be worth a couple of videos.
    I'll do a pincer one...maybe noseall would do a brick hammer one?
    Concrete tiles will score, clay slightly different kettle of fish
     
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    It is somewhat unpredictable. The hardest part is preventing the corners from chipping off completely.
    The skill is to mark the tile then strike each end with the blade end of the brick hammer to start the cut at each end. You then clasp a tile between your legs with the 90 degree point of the tile upwards. You then lay the cut tile upon the point (striker) so that the bit that needs removing overhangs the tile between your legs and begin striking it with the flat end of the brick hammer.

    You chip off small pieces and work towards the mark, moving the tile over the striker as you chip away.
     
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    Thanks noseall.

    I did find a Japanese video of cutting a clay roof tile but they are very different type of tile from a plain tile...
     
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    Different characteristics to yours.
    in your case looking again at the picture the eave course is way off bond. I'd pull out a couple of tiles back from the verge which will make getting the damaged one out easy. A bond so far off, little care has been shown so they might not be nailed anyway.
    Replace the damaged one with the T&H with the bottom cut off or top if you can drill....
    Then cut the side off an eave to get the bond back... Easy
     
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    what bit of roofing i know was drilled into me the hard way - the roofers wouldn't let me use any powered tools for a few weeks.
    everything had to be cut or drilled using hand tools.
    for cuts, we had to scribe clay tiles with a ceramic tile scriber and then nibble off with pincers or regular pliers.
    it works on plain conc tiles as well.
    we were shown how to tap off profiled concrete tile cuts (or shaped tiles) with a hammer but i never had much luck doing it.
     
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