The article by Jim Airasian ("Weaving Hips and Valleys With Wood Shingles," 4/12) featured some great work and some great pictures. I'd like to share a few tips I've picked up over 40 years of shingling with wood. I always nail 3„4 inch to 1 inch from each side, and take care not to bang the nails through the fiber - a little proud is better. I like ring-shank nails because they won't pull out.

Watch those annular rings: The arc faces up - otherwise the tails will cup up on the edges. Here in the Northeast, the gaps between shingles should be 1/4 inch, to allow for expansion in warm, wet weather. While I sympathize with the author's statement about the extra cost of installing shingles over wood slats, I wouldn't do it any other way. I...

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