[TowerTalk] Roof Climbing Safety
wd3q at starpower.net
Wed Jun 21 01:05:07 EDT 2006
There was a discussion a couple of weeks ago about safety and roof
towers. I found an article in a 2001 issue of Family Handyman that I've
scanned and can email interested folks.
I've talked to my roofer about safety and he showed me a great way to
secure a ladder (and did it for me): He wrapped a piece of sheet metal
around (and perpendicular to) each end of a short (3 ft) 2x4. He then
took the ends of the sheet metal and tucked them underneath the
shingles, and fastened them through the rafters. This gives me a
permanent base against which I can rest the feet of the ladder without
worrying about the ladder slipping down the roof. The nice part is that
the 2x4 is not itself attached to the roof, so I can lift it up to clean
around it, not worry about it rotting against the shingles. It looks
||| ||| <-- sheet metal (vertical)
==|||====================|||== <-- 2 x 4 (horizontal)
I have a photograph of it, for those interested.
When I asked how to prop the ladder against the gutters, he said they
place a 2x6 over the gutter and rest the ladder against it. Simple!
I haven't (yet) rigged a safety line from the roof tower to the ladder.
That's next, but not in the near future, as we've entered the 3-H season
here in the nation's capitol: Hazy, Hot, and Humid!
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