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Roof Chalk
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okclarryd
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05/07/2008 8:05 PM

If you don't care for the hair spray or the duct tape approach,..............

use the plastic loom used under the hood on nearly every car. There's a size to fit your needs.

Just make sure the insured isn't looking when you take it off his car.

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05/07/2008 9:20 PM
Posted By Jud Gardner on 05/07/2008 1:22 PM

Can't wait to try the hair spray technique. I used a roll of duct tape to make a holder for the chalk and a cap. I make it loose enough as I wrap it around the chalk so that I can keep using it as the chalk wears out. The cap fits firmly on the holder, though, to keep the dust from getting everywhere.

Here's how: wrap the chalk with the sticky side up first, then wrap another layer on top of it to cover the adhesive. You may want to put cardboard or a peice of plastic in between the two layers to give it that lasting touch of quality.

While leaving the the holder in place on the chalk, make the cap the same way.  This will enable a snug-fitting cap. 

For ease of carrying, place a strand of baling wire between the 2 layers of duct tape and then make a little hook on the exposed end that will fit over a belt loop or into a piercing if you are a former casino worker turned adjuster.  Functional and fashionable all at the same time. 

 

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05/07/2008 11:53 PM
Posted By Mike Kunze on 05/07/2008 9:20 PM
Posted By Jud Gardner on 05/07/2008 1:22 PM

Can't wait to try the hair spray technique. I used a roll of duct tape to make a holder for the chalk and a cap. I make it loose enough as I wrap it around the chalk so that I can keep using it as the chalk wears out. The cap fits firmly on the holder, though, to keep the dust from getting everywhere.

Here's how: wrap the chalk with the sticky side up first, then wrap another layer on top of it to cover the adhesive. You may want to put cardboard or a peice of plastic in between the two layers to give it that lasting touch of quality.

While leaving the the holder in place on the chalk, make the cap the same way.  This will enable a snug-fitting cap. 

For ease of carrying, place a strand of baling wire between the 2 layers of duct tape and then make a little hook on the exposed end that will fit over a belt loop or into a piercing if you are a former casino worker turned adjuster.  Functional and fashionable all at the same time. 

 Don't forget the hot glue gun and some faux gems for that extra  " Bling "   

~M~

 

 

 

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02/04/2010 1:32 PM

Well folks, I've gone through several of my duct tape chalk holders and am getting ready to get what appears to be the real deal.  The ultimate in chalk writing bliss:  https://www.benmeadows.com/search/?...der. 

Jumbo Crayon Holder

I ordered the 'Jumbo Crayon Holder' (photo above) in the hopes that it will hold my kiddie chalk that is usually supplied by your local Walmart.  I just hope that I don't have to purchase the 72 ct. box of railroad chalk this company has for sale.  Although, this chalk looks pretty functional as it appears to come with its own coat of patented hair spray material.  They have other holders that will accept the smaller sized crayons as well.

I'll let you know how it works when it comes.

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02/04/2010 2:18 PM

The <<  72 ct. box of railroad chalk >> is available at any ACE hardware warehouse. The cost is around $ 18.00 for the box. It normally has to be ordered from one of their retail stores, but since their trucks run twice a week it only takes 2 or 3 days to arrive. One box will last 20 times as long as an equal amount of sidewalk chalk. The yellow coating is not much help. It is still messy. I have used 12 boxes in the last 20 years.

 

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Mike Stephenson

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02/04/2010 4:12 PM
The last couple of storms I have worked for SF they supplied yellow lumber markers. They last a lot longer than chalk. Is that the same thing as railroad chalk?
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02/04/2010 4:41 PM
I'm sure there's something more that can be said about chalk, but I cannot - for the life of me - figure out what it could possibly be.

Seriously, folks, I bought a box of sidewalk chalk for two or three dollars in 2001. I used it for six years and still have about six or seven pieces left. Cost about 2 or 3 dollars. The 72 count box of railroad chalk sounds like a lifetime supply to me.

I like Meg's idea.
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02/05/2010 9:29 AM

Duct tape and velcro, what would we do without these products?

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02/05/2010 12:12 PM
I still like sidewalk chalk with hair spray coating. It cost me about $1.00 per year from Walmart(last 3 years)
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02/08/2010 2:59 PM
Well yuk. Off to Ace I go to get me some railroad chalk. I just discovered that the fancy holder is too small for my left over sidewalk chalk.
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02/08/2010 11:13 PM

Off to Ace I go to get me some railroad chalk. I just discovered that the fancy holder is too small for my left over sidewalk chalk.
Jud, I have the identical chalk holder purchased from the same place (I think Chuck Deaton posted something about it years ago) and the chalk that "used to fit" was made by Dixon and I have 2 cases of chalk that don't fit the holder. I called some of their managers and they didn't know of the problem at that time, discovered a China mfgr changed spec's and the chalk was about 1/8" too fat to fit in the holder.

My local Ace stocks a different brand (I think it is "Ticonderoga" or something like that) and it does fit & work in that wood holder thing fairly well. At first I thought it was too loose of a fit, but I have been using it for a few months and like it - I am using it today. I bought 144 pieces of chalk that fits, and like pure white a lot better than anything else for marking up a roof.

If I lost the holder it wouldn't bother me that much. I wrap the ones that don't fit in masking tape, no muss no fuss

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02/09/2010 1:19 AM

"You could always shave the excess off so it fits in the holder," he said with tongue in cheek as the discussion of roof chalk continued.

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02/10/2010 1:49 PM

Posted By Medulus on 04 Feb 2010 04:41 PM
I'm sure there's something more that can be said about chalk, but I cannot - for the life of me - figure out what it could possibly be.

Aw c'mon Steve, we haven't even scratched the surface.

Posted By WSTJ on 04 Feb 2010
The last couple of storms I have worked for SF they supplied yellow lumber markers. They last a lot longer than chalk. Is that the same thing as railroad chalk?
Nope - that stuff has a wax component and when used for it's intended purpose will remain on lumber when it rains. Someone on this thread mentioned an insured complaining about it. I worked a storm last year where the yellow lumber markers were "pulled" from the supply table and replaced with sidewalk chalk, AKA Railroad chalk.

An internet search reveals origin of term:
Railroad chalk got its name from its primary use – it was used to mark, in bold strokes that could be easily erased, the contents of a boxcar.

I have also heard it referred to as "dock chalk" due to similar use of marking shipping containers.

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02/10/2010 2:49 PM
On occassion I have a steep roof with enough damage I can circle from the ridge, but reaching out to draw the corners of my test square would require me to throw a rope. Sometimes I spot damage to a gutter, downspout or 2nd story window that I can see, but doesn't show up in a photo very well in the lighting of the moment. I don't really want to lug a two story ladder around if I don't have to.

I bought a telescoping golf ball retriever with a black plastic ring at the end. It is too small to hold the large sidewalk chalk (different color each end), but if you hack saw the ring, it will expand to grip these two-colored chalks. A little electrical tape secures it!

Now I can reach out or up about 12 foot further than I could before. I don't use it much, but when I do, it is nice.
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02/10/2010 2:51 PM
Posted By RandyC on 10 Feb 2010 02:49 PM
On occasion I have a steep roof with enough damage I can circle from the ridge, but reaching out to draw the corners of my test square would require me to throw a rope. Sometimes I spot damage to a gutter, downspout or 2nd story window that I can see, but doesn't show up in a photo very well in the lighting of the moment. I don't really want to lug a two story ladder around if I don't have to.

I bought a telescoping golf ball retriever with a black plastic ring at the end. It is too small to hold the large sidewalk chalk (different color each end), but if you hack saw the ring, it will expand to grip these two-colored chalks. A little electrical tape secures it!

Now I can reach out or up about 12 foot further than I could before. I don't use it much, but when I do, it is nice.



 

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02/10/2010 6:54 PM

Sidewalk chalk..... painted with spray paint.  A roofer showed me this and it works great!

I carry chalk, soap stone (welders stone) and a lumber crayon.  Who knows what you will need when you finally reach the top of the monster roof!

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05/15/2011 5:58 AM

My wife freaked out when she found out about my wood holder and the lack of an adequate sized chalk to go with it.  Thus, she went out the next day and bought me a pack of chalk with a holder.

If you go to Dollar General (yellow and black sign), they sell a $1 pack of chalk with a holder.  The holders are different colors.  If you are vain enough, they can be spray-painted.  The holder also holds any size of chalk you shove in it.  I was reminded of this post when I needed to buy some more chalk the other day.

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05/15/2011 10:48 PM
Please tell me that your wife is not finding out what is going on in your life from your CADO postings! I recommend that you take your wife on a date so you can talk in person. I do it at least twice a year myself.

The weirdest thing is that this whole subject of roof chalk is strangely fascinating. I'm not sure why.

The ladder discussions and tape measure reviews just don't do it for me.

But now I feel like I'm ready for a hail claim.
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05/16/2011 6:12 PM
Lol. Thanks Leland for making sure that an easy assumption was not drawn for the worst. No, she and I communicate on a daily basis. Fortunately, she does not have to venture onto CADO to see what's going on in my life.
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05/16/2011 7:00 PM

walmart for sidewalk chalk, box hold 72 pieces for about $5
they did change the style of the chalk, it used to be round,now it is octagonal, so it wont fit into the old cigar holders. i used them to hold the chalk so the chalk does'nt get all over my shirt pocket or get crushed
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