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  • There are demos on the "Articles" page for shingled valleys (actually, you can follow this demo but without the copper)  On this house, I will do flashing in the valleys.
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  • This is glue for the copper flashing
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  • Spread the glue evenly
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  • A strip of copper about 1" wide and about 18" long (you can use two shorter pieces... put on the lower one first - overlap the upper one)
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  • I tuck the copper into the void behind the Gable Roofs
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  • Pressed down and cleaned with a rag.  Avoid touching the copper with your fingers - your fingerprints will etch the copper
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  • cut the top and bottom with a sharp, new utility knife blade
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  • Draw the shingle-edge guideline using 3/8 stripwood laid in the valley for a spacer.
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  • I am cutting 'starter course' shingles about 3/8" long
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  • To get the angle for a valley shingle, hold a shingle on the bottom edge of the roof. Hold a piece of 3/8" stripwood next to it so it's easy to see that the 'valley shingle' starter is perfectly straight up-and-down the roof
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  • Without moving the starter shingle, lay the stripwood into the valley
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  • trace the valley angle from the stripwood onto the starter shingle
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  • If you cut shingles with scissors, always start at the short-grain and finish on the long-grain (as for the piece on the left in this picture).  The piece on the right will splinter...
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  • ...but the piece on the left will be fine
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  • Use the starter shingle as a template to cut 56 valley shingles
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  • You can use a razor saw or a fine-toothed hack saw to cut shingles
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  • A saw leaves both pieces intact (useful in some dollhouses, but not here)
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  • The Starter Course is on, the Valley Shingles can all be applied now.  Line up the angled edge with the 'shingle-edge guideline'
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  • The Starter Course will hold the First Course at the same shingle-angle as the rest of the roof's shingles
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