[TowerTalk] "Chicken Ladder" for Roof Climbing?

Jon Pearl - W4ABC jonpearl at tampabay.rr.com
Mon Jun 25 18:08:00 PDT 2012

Hi Eric.

I've used something very similar to that for the past 28 years in the 
fire service.  http://www.duosafety.com/roof.html

We simply call it a roof ladder or hook ladder.  When we're ventilating 
a pitched roof to remove super-heated fire gases from the structure 
below, we're usually standing with one of our feet planted between the 
rungs while saw operations are going on.

Your choices are thus:  If the roof collapses, perform the above 
described act and bust your walnuts - or don't and fall through it!


Jon Pearl - W4ABC

On 6/25/2012 7:06 PM, Eric Rosenberg wrote:
> As I get older, climbing on my 30 degree pitch roof gets scarier and
> scarier.
> Does anyone have experience using a "chicken ladder" on their roof? My
> only experience was in Dublin (EI), where we used similar devices on
> slate roofs at Trinity College (for fear of dislodging slate tiles and
> then sliding off or going through the roof).
> For visual reference, go to:
> http://www.acrobuildingsystems.com/files/Downloads/ACRO%2011600%20Specs.pdf
> http://www.acrobuildingsystems.com/files/Downloads/ACRO%2011600%20Install%20Instructions.pdf
> Acro's other products might come in handy for those of us with
> roof-mounted towers.
> 73,
> Eric W3DQ
> Washington, DC

More information about the TowerTalk mailing list