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GCLARK

1950's era shake siding? Bloomington

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My son has a home in Bloomington that was built in the 1950's. He has several shakes that need replacing and we cannot seem to find any around. They appear to be slate, I think, and are very brittle. If anyone knows where we could find some ( or even some wood shakes of the same style) we would really appreciate knowing where or any other suggestions. Thanks!

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Sounds like you are talking about asbestos cement shingle siding or roofing. Most likely have to find used materials so if there are any used building material yards I would start there.

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Siwek's lumber in Mpls. sells a cement board product just like what you need. I replaced some broken ones on my neighbors house a few years back. Yes, yours are asbestos. You have to keep them wet when you are taking the broken ones out. Pull the nails out slowly with a flat bar. The new ones can be cut with a Hardie blade otherwise a regular carbide blade will shatter it.

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Thanks guys for the information, I will have to check out Siwek's and proceed carefully if they are asbestos. Thanks again, this FM forum is sure helpful in so many ways!

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