I'll be starting my slate next and found some great info. in this video by Joe Jenkins. Joe is amazing, and if you need slate information I highly recommend looking at his site. If you have questions about your slate roof he offers consultations.
My next step will be adding the cant strip. Chalk a line 4.5 inches from the top of the copper sheet for the bottom of the cant strip. Chalk a line that's 1.5" more for the bottom edge of the starter slate.
Installed new copper gutter on side of house. It's 8' long flat lock soldered joints. Decided to add 4" downtube in the center as opposed to the ends. The nice thing is that it is just below the window possibly making it easier to clean out. Man it's cold out there- had to keep switching my irons.
Dormer is finally done. Took down the dormer scaffold over the weekend and I'm looking forward to working on the copper gutter. Marked lines for my slate as well. Also took a pic of the next dormer to be done. I think it's TIME!
The top of the valley being installed. Screw the thing in place then replace with rivets. Works great. Next time I'll just rivet then take it down so it's easier to solder the joint. You can lay it flat instead of soldering on a slope. Then install with nails on the edge.
Gonna put these snow guards on the front dormer roof and these on the main roof. Stainless steel is actually better, and a wee bit cheaper, but I like the look of copper. I'm going to put them along the entire house to protect the built in gutter from getting slammed with ice/snow when it slides off.
Been playing with some patterns. Think I may cut the 14x20 in half and make 2 bands of fishscales. Gonna start at the front of the dormer. Do the sides of the dormer and then the built in gutter and work my way up. That's the plan anyway.
With all the snow I decided to practice making my V shapes gutter. I'm gonna use flat lock seem joint and not lapped. The pictures attached show how I tried working the cant into the copper. It was recommended that I not do that since I can add the cant afterwards as a strip of copper. Just got a new slate book called (drumroll...) The Slate Book by Brian Stearns, Alan Stearns and John Meyer. It's a great book and you can buy it here. The book has a great recommendation where they use a wood cant attached to the copper with copper straps. Great idea, and I wont have to buy more copper!
Hmmm. What to do. I have my slate. It's salvaged Buckingham and the size is 14x20. With the 3.5" headlap (not shown here) the slate is looking a bit narrow. A bit too horizontal/rectangular for my liking. I may do the dormers with a slightly different look. Maybe cut them in half and use the back side of the slate so I can make a pattern. Should have bought another sq. of slate. Still it's a beautiful slate and should last quite a long time. Same slate that's on the Smithsonian!