Lynn Hayward | August 18, 2016

Video // Roofing

A Reroofing Debris Trough Made With Pump Jacks and an Old Tarp


Another peek into the Hillbilly Toolbox reveals a great idea for stripping roofs: a pump jack shingle trough  



Another peek into the Hillbilly Toolbox reveals a great idea for stripping roofs: a pump jack shingle trough  

Lynn Hayward developed it out of necesity of—

Lynn: Not dropping stuff down on the side of a house and puttin' skid marks on it ... 

It also helps contain the mess on the ground

Lynn: By dropping it into the trough, I control where everything goes

Nails, shingles, pieces of wood, tar paper, pieces of flashing  ... 

Lynn: ...and so you've got it contained in a three-foot wide area. But when it drops on the ground, it couyld be a fifteen or twenty foot arera. 

The trough is fashioned from a tarp, wrapped inside of a pump jack. It starts at the safety rail, folds over the planks, and is fastened through furring strips into the fascia.

One thing to look out for, though—it could turn into a giant rain gutter

Lynn: The day I put it it, I got thinking about—y'know, I made it fairly tight and I was afraid that it might fill up with water so I came up and sliced some holes in it so it'd drain out. Seems to have worked.

So don’t bother buying expensive new tarps for this hillbilly tool.

Lynn: I usually use my junky tarps. Like sometimes when I build a house in the winter, I'll buy a 60 ft. x 8- ft. tarp and they always get damaged from being nailed off and the wind blows the hell out of them and tears them, so it's a one-time deal, so I cut them up and use them. Eventually they end up in the dumpster, because they keep getting smaller, but ...


—Lynn Hayward is a builder and remodeler in Northport Maine



Why have I never seen a single reroofing job do something like this? Every one I've ever seen lets the debris fall to the ground and then they try to clean it up from there.

Daniel Morrison's picture

Some guys lean plywood against the house and run tarps over it, some hook tarps on the gutters, this really surprised me.


Attach an old window slag iron sash weight placed on a cinder block to jumper cables on each end, then attach this overnight to an unusable run down car battery.Next day disconnect the sash weigh, cables and battery, attach a length of line to the eye of the sash weight, and drag the magnetized iron weight around the perimeter of the work area, picking up all of the ferrous metals that have fallen to the ground. The owner and landscaper will be very grateful for this effort.

Daniel Morrison's picture

How'd you know that I have a basement full of run-down car batteries?

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