Welcome to my shop.
Always looking for something cool to build, My roof tear off tools
are a favorite among many such projects.
Although the roofing tool production line is hacked out of bedrail and lawnmower parts, it produces a fine-crafted, high-performance roof ripping tool at a decent price
, and all the jobs go pretty slick.
Have a look around, there's plenty of cool butchery going on. Perhaps a project will be inspired or aided. Enjoy the fine art of hack
Roof ripper production line
Cool shop contraptions
Other cool contraptions
Roof Ripper Production Line
It can't all be hack. A well crafted roof tool
needs some accurate parts.These are cut by my C-N-C abrasive water jet cutting service, Wet Jet Precision
out of Utah. Their parts are tight, and their service is awesome.
A wantonly altered plate shear cuts the rip hooks for the hand
version of the roof shingle stripping tool
. I can get her cutting a part a second
The holes for the hand powered roofing tool
’s ripping hooks are first drilled several at a time, which saves big on deburring. This jig is big-time
hack, but it turns out a nice looking batch of parts in a short time.
The holes are then reamed to the proper angle on this simple jig.
The barbs for the hand powered shingle tool
are welded to the end teeth of the shingle stripping fork.
The roof ripping tools
start to take shape in the head assembly jig
The jig is tricked-out to make all of the welding on the shingle stripper toolhead easy.
Both the powered roof shingle remover
and the lightweight hand tool
get a light planing, so they're "pre
broke-in" for full tear off performance on the roof
, right out of the box.
The shingle stripper
's teeth are braced for the quench.
The roofing remover tool
heads are austentized in my homemade forge
and then quenched in water.
Then it’s twenty minutes in my homemade tempering tunnel
to complete the heat treatment on the roof shingle tool heads.
The hand version of the shingle stripper
gets a ferrule so we can weld the steel head to the wooden handle. A sheet is chopped into
strips at the steelyard, then precision blanks are cut on my tricked-out plate
The plate shear is re-jigged to trim the ferrule blanks.This will render a square end once rolled.
This homemade forming rig rolls the tapered ferrules for the roofing tear off tools
A jig made for the vise closes the hand powered roof stripper
's ferrules for welding.
Three jigs are made for notching the shingle tool
's ferrule. The clamping jig fits the drill press jig to get us a properly located hole.
The clamping jig also fits the band saw jig to complete the notch on the roof tool
An anvil piece and die are used to form the end, which welds to the hand powered roof stripping tool
Power Shafts Top
A gauge helps to chop out shafts for the air powered roof tool
The power stripper
's shafts are then sent to the machinist for lathe work.
The other end of the powered shingle tool
’s shaft gets an attitude
adjustment with a two-handed grinder for a nice deep weld.
The shafts for the air powered roof tear off tools
are austentized in my
, then quenched in my homemade water-cooled oil bath
The shafts then spend an hour in the homemade tempering tunnel
. They are drawn only slightly at this time. Selective tempering will be applied after
the power stripper'
s tool head is done being welded.
Hand Tool Mounting Top
The hand version of the roofing remover tool
has its tool head fitted up to the ferrule. First, two tacks while on the jig. Then each piece
is inspected for alignment before being blasted solid.
A spatter shield is placed on the roof tool
head prior to welding. The shield saves huge in cleaning.
Be it a dormer or a tenon, I like to weave nice and tight. This butched-together tenon trimmer is micro-adjustable to render an awesome fit.
The head is placed on the stick, then slammed end-wise onto a heavy plate
on the floor. When the head is properly seated, the roof tear off tool
bounces off the anvil and rings like one solid piece.
Power Tool Head Assembly Top
Each tool head for the powered shingle stripper
is tacked to its shaft,
checked for alignment, then welded solid. A spatter shield saves big on
The heads for the powered tear off tool
get wings, which will guide the air tool under the roof shingles.
Final heat treatment on the powered shingle tool
using two torches.
We need pry-bar properties in the high-stress areas of this powered roof shingle remover
. Heating to an upper blue has been yielding good performance while tearing off roofs
Power Handle Modifications Top
The stock air tool gets stripped to the frame, stuffed with a rag, then the bevel is carved with the two-handed grinder. this helps guide thepneumatic tear off tool
under the roof shingles.
Two less pounds of weight and six more inches of reach are some sweet on the roof
, especially for the steep/staged roof shingle stripping jobs. Most of the air powered stripping tool
ís heavy handle is hacked off and replaced with lighter material. A couple of butched-out jigs ensure nice allignment.
What can I say? Two seconds into a shingle removal job and whatever finish is toast!
We’re not paying for anything fancy in the paint department here. Bombs are good, cheap bombs are better.
They’ll retain their factory look about long enough to get up on the roof
Although it won’t help much with tearing off a roof, a fancy sticker on the roof remover
does give a nice factory look.
Boxing them up.
Heat Treating Top
The propane forge
is used in the heat treatment of the roof shingle removal tools
as well as other projects. It features every imaginable adjustment and folds down somewhat for storage.
She’s a fine piece of butchery, bed rail and re-rod woven to fire brick and propane. Set me back a light hundred.
The tempering tunnel(top)
fine-tunes the heat treatment of the roof remover tools. It features plenty of power, and brain-controlled elements for steady heat. Accessories include a tray for general tempering and a drop-in conveyor beam for shingle stripper tool
If this isn’t the ultimate in hack, it’s gotta come close. She started life as 1 1/2 side-loading toaster ovens, whereupon she was ripped open, muzzled shut, flipped over, tacked down, and run through. Scabbed up a heat shield with the first thing that came in hand and splattered the brains out onto her.
She’s actually a smooth-running rig. Ran me a light hundred and has since tempered hundreds of parts.
The water cooled oil quench(top)
hardens the power roof stripper
’s shaft. The 1/4" copper coils are non-schedule soldered to the 3/4" copper manifolds. This heat exchanger drains into the water quench tank, which
feeds the pump. The water quench tank is a mechanical scale trap and keeps debris out of the radiator.
The roofing tear off tools
are first fired in the forge, then quenched in the bath. A small area on the tool part is cleaned to shiny metal before going through the tempering tunnel. This way, the tempering colors can be read upon exiting, so we know the steel is cooked right.
Much of the heat treating line(top)
is covered elsewhere. Here, the bath cooler can be seen bodged together out of a FHW pump, a truck radiator, and a house fan. The water quench tank is actually a mechanical scale filter (trap). A line log is kept so that we can get in-spec. roof tool parts right from start-up.
The shafts for the air powered roof shingle removal tool
are quenched in oil.
Cool Shop Contraptions Top
The machine lamp(top)
is an arm-mounted halogen fixture on a fully adjustable base. It features the ability to put the light right where you want it. It has been very handy for fine work, painting, and photography for the roof stripping tools
and other projects.
This one was scabbed together when the boss wasn’t looking. I had to make one nice cut, but the rest was all hack. None the less, she’s light-weight, well-mannered, and has served well.
The cam lift mechanisms(top)
enable a table or machine to be rolled into position, then set down on solid feet for thrashing out the work.
The welding table has a camshaft under each end, while the band saw only needs one up the middle. Handy
for setting up repeat operations for the roof shingle tear off tools
This 8" discount plate shear(top)
has paid for its self many times over with thousands of cuts. Powered by a four foot lever, it features about 3/16" capacity and an infinite throat for long cuts. She was in the bottom $100s from Enco.
Put the gas axe to her before she made her first cut and butched off the cheesy hold down bar
in favor of a platen and clamping beam. A micro-adjustable back stop was later added when the roofing removal tool required it. The platen system is also handy for clamping on jigs for repeat operations for the roof shingle tear off tools
and other projects.
Other Cool Contraptions Top
The rock-solid newel(top)
post is sturdy enogh to stop a stumbling human and will last for years.The trick to a solid bottom newel post is weaving it onto the SECOND stair riser and the full girth of the stair stringer. This is opposed to the traditional practice of merely using the tip of the stair stringer, which loosens up after a short time.
Run that SECOND RISER on by, then notch the 4x4 around it. Nail both the riser and the full width of the stair stringer to that bottom newel. That's pretty rugged already, but you can overkill it with bottom or back straps. Full plate the bottom if you're setting on dirt.
Driving around, I see a lot of loose, crooked bottom newels on exterior stairs, so I hope this helps. It is a contribution to my fellow framers in much the same way as my roof shingle removal tools
are to my fellow roofers.
The brick launcher(top)
was my first trebuchet launching a brick
120 yards downrange. Impressive, but cumbersome.
The egg thrower(top)
came next, throwing an egg
100 yards. Easy to transport and load, but not as impressive.
The can crusher(top)
is high performance, but temperamental. When it is running right
, two guys can put a 12 oz can of soda 100 yds downrange every 45 seconds and have it packed up in two minutes.
This steam experiment(top)
was to test the viability of building a steam engine and runs on compressed air. An all-out butch job, it is kinda fun to watch it run
The pedal boat(top)
was just another cool project. It runs
This attempt at an automated coal burner(top)
seemed way too complicated and never did work too well, so it ended up getting
cut down into a plain-old barrel stove with all the automation stuff sent back to the junkyard from whence it came.
It was good practice though, both in general building and in the burning of coal. It was found that the forced air chamber did not produce a fluffy ash, but rather a slag. Hook up a gas engine to that shaker
grate, but that gook ain’t going nowhere! At the same time it was discovered that fire-brick can be melted, which I consider to be an excellent hack. See it run
The babington burner(top)
was built, or rather mocked-up to be sure that we could consume vast amounts of waste vegetable oil should we be successful in its acquisition (which we weren’t). The first mock-up
made a very nice flame, but had messy emissions. After a few
day’s practice, we achieved a wonderfully clean burn with this later incarnation
This biomass burner(top)
(wood chip) is based on the FEMA-style stratified downdraft gassifier. After about seven re-modifications, I got the first decent run
out of it.
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