What is a slater's ripper?

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Two views of a slater's ripper

A slater's ripper is a specialised hand tool for removing individual broken or damaged slates from a roof.

 Using a slater's ripper 

The ripper cannot be used for anything else, and there don't appear to be any other tools designed for this job. 

 Using a slater's ripper on a roof 

How does a slater's ripper work?

A slater's ripper works when the user pulls on the nail(s) that hold a slate in place, using the hook at the end.


You can also use the notch at the tip of the blade to push against a broken nail to remove it completely.   

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