Paul E. Fisher started the firm as
an individual enterprise on a $1.00 bill. This covered the cost
of a used 55-gallon oil barrel, 3 used tractor sleeves to sit the
barrel on and a mop head. He attached the broom handles to the mop
head and dipper. His first ladder was made by splitting a 2 x 6
and nailing 1 x 4 rungs on it. The old homemade ladder and barrel
lasted for several years. The rest was acquired by credit from the
would fire up the kettle (barrel) before daylight and work until
dark, often only making enough to pay for the materials. He only
hired helpers when he couldn’t do all the work alone. After
all, labor was going at 25 cents per hour and this often represented
his potential profit.
Asphalt was available at the local
lumber yards in only 2 or 3 melting points. The melting point represented
the degree of temperature the asphalt would melt on the roof. It
was not uncommon for some roofers to put on the wrong melting degree
of asphalt and the first hot day see his roof dripping and sliding
off the lower end of the building.
At the job site the kettle would be
fired up using scrap lumber and occasionally quite smelly old tires.
There was no thermometer so the roofer would spit in the pot and
know from the crackle of the spit when the asphalt was too hot and
was about to catch on fire or blow up. A hand dipper was used to
put the asphalt into buckets to be hand carried to the roof. Everything
had to be hand carried up the ladder.
Over sixty years ago our equipment
was a pickup truck and a homemade kettle. Today, our roofing equipment
has advanced along with technology. Most of the back breaking work
has been eliminated by the use of conveyors, pumper-kettles and
scissor lift trucks. This equipment has made it more attractive
hire and keep quality employees.
In 1985, David and Shelley Knutson
purchased Fisher Roofing from Paul and Delores Fisher. Since then
David and Shelley started Fisher Restoration.