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John McAteer rebuilding his traditional-style Japanese roof.

This is the home where he and Peggy raised their two sons, a beautiful old residential hillside in Kyoto, overlooking antiquated temples and the famous Daimon-ji mountain side.

Traditional roofing are slanted beams covered with shingle-thin wood planking and a mud-straw mixture, covered finally with heavy ceramic tile. John is doing a modern variation of this, replacing the mud mixture with an undercoating of tar-paper tiles, and using squeeze-gun applied adhesive under the gray ceramic tiles instead of the mud mixture.

Replacing the old wood, damaged by insects, dry-rot, and years of rainy seasons, is an arduous task... yet John seems to enjoy the challenge.


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