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Thatchers cover roofs of houses, pubs, barns etc. with reeds or straw to make them waterproof.

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The thatcher uses traditional tools and straw or important material to cover the tops of buildings. Cutting and fixing tools such as eave-knives, hooks, hammers and mallets, long needles and shearing hooks are all used in this job.  
The damaged or old thatch must first be removed. Then the timbers are checked. These are sometimes rotten. If they are rotten or in poor condition they must be replaced before the thatching material can be pegged into position. The thatch is fixed into position with horizontal hazelwood strips or steel spars. These are called sways.  
The thatcher can cut the edges of the thatch into decorative patterns. Traditionally these patterns are of countryside animals and birds although the owner can request an original design. The thatcher then beats and brushes the thatch and covers it with a protective layer to deter pests. Often the thatch design must conform to local authority standards

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You need to be physically fit as the work involves a lot of bending, kneeling and lifting. The dusty work may affect you if you have allergies or breathing problems. You must have good practical skills and numerical skills to calculate and measure.  
You need a head for heights as thatchers often work several storeys above the ground from scaffolding and ladders.

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