[TowerTalk] "Chicken Ladder" for Roof Climbing?
K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Mon Jun 25 19:22:21 PDT 2012
On 6/25/2012 7:06 PM, Eric Rosenberg wrote:
> As I get older, climbing on my 30 degree pitch roof gets scarier and
I still climb towers, fly airplanes, even do aerobatics, but I hate to
climb roofs and always have! Many, many decades ago I used to install TV
antennas. I remember sliding from the peak of a roof, all the way down
and stopping with my toes in the eves troughs. Finger nails were pretty
short and the tips of my fingers kinda tender for a while after that ride.
> Does anyone have experience using a "chicken ladder" on their roof? My
We used planks fastened across the steep portion of hip roofed barns
along with a safety rope. I know, er knew, one guy who was nearly 90
that did roofing on those old hip roofed barns and he never hooked to
anything. Died in his sleep.
> 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).
A little frost or dew can make slate really ... exciting.
> For visual reference, go to:
Ours were 2 X 4 runners with 1 X 4s (sometimes 1 X 2s) for steps, but
that was over 50 years ago.
> Acro's other products might come in handy for those of us with
> roof-mounted towers.
I'd really like to increase the pitch on our roof. No antennas up there,
but it tends to collect a LOT of snow in the winter and it's a royal
PITA to work in there during summer. The pitch makes it difficult to
get enough air flow to keep ice dams from forming, yet this is one very
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