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Best Approach to Getting on Roof?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by velvetfoot, Sep 12, 2006.

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  1. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

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    Ha, Thanks for that visual ...........

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  2. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for all the tips.
    The liner guy on the roof as I recall wound up sitting on top of the chase while waiting for the other guys to get things ready.
    I think they did not have a ladder long enough to go up the side of the chase. The ground does slope away there. I'm pretty sure my ladder wouldn't be long enough, although this is a good idea - I also don't think I'm strong enough to move around a longer ladder!
    The tips about securing the ladder are especially helpful.
    I was nervous going up on the roof on my last house - this wouldn't be any less nerve racking. Being nervous doesn't help.
    The roof isn't as steep as it looks, but probably as slippery!
    I've been thinking about going in from the bottom, but the noodle-like rods I would need to get through the insert might not have the umph to get to the top - I think it might be a little expensive to experiment too, since those rods aren't too cheap.
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    Glad you appreciated it!

    Bri
  4. hearthtools

    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    you could ladder the roof on the Garage side ( looks like it has less hight and Flat ground)
    of the house at the ridge and walk or scoot across the ridge line to the fireplace.

    Check out this job we did
    http://www.hearthtools.com/install/index.html

    BWT
    I Had a guy slip 15 feet down a metal roof and take a 29 foot fall from the eve to the ground.
    he was 210#'s he was back to work in 30 days. He landed on his feet and Fractured his pelvis.
    This was in Yosemite National park so it took 3 hours to get him to a hospital.
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    brian_in_idaho New Member

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    Hearthtools, were you doing that job during the snow season? That takes big ones, going on that roof when your boots are wet. Roof ladders are great things.
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    Feet?
  7. brian_in_idaho

    brian_in_idaho New Member

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    What else could I mean? This is a family friendly forum.
    :)
  8. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I'm getting vertigo just looking at those pictures
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    The top of my chase is in the 30' range. what i did was build a little 2x4 ladder on the backside facing the peak. I walk the peak and craw down my 10/12 pitch roof to the ladder and climb up the one built to the chase. for somereason this feels more safe then leaning a ladder up against it, i do have 28' extension ladders, but i DO NOT like them.
  10. brian_in_idaho

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    Smart idea, I should have tried that. I don't like heights, making that shift from the ridge to the top of the chase was...not graceful, lets leave it at that.

    Bri
  11. hearthtools

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    What els we going to do Shut down for the winter?
    The crappy part was that we could not get up the driveway with our NON 4x4 cab over truck so we had to Walk all the tools and pipe 100 yards to the job.


    trick to gettin on a wet or snow roof.
    put down a drop cloth on roof to walk on.
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