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Bobcatz
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:13 am    Post subject: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Recently had a new steel roof installed & now I"m trying to figure how to get up to my chimney at the peak to clean it. The pitch isn"t too bad but the roof is very slippery.

I told the installer that I have to get to the chimney to clean, which I do once a month during the heating season. He installed a few snow stops for me to use but it"s not too easy.

How does everyone else do this?

I like the roof otherwise & should last longer than me.
Bobkatz
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:23 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I tied a ladder too my chimley, works fine.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:32 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Did you have yours blind nailed? I will be having one put on soon as was wondering if that makes a difference.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:41 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You need a roof ladder.
Poke here

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:55 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I can walk a steel roof with a 5/12 pitch or less when warm, dry, and with sneakers on, just fine. Otherwise I need a rope to hold on to. That is - unless the roof has exposed screw-heads you can use for traction.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I took an old aluminm extension ladder and had brackets made to hold it about 4" off the roof and mounted it permently. Gave me a footing as well as a hand grip. And I do have a problem with any heights of 8' or more. No longer have the chimney.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:27 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

bobcatz wrote:
(quoted from post at 04:13:38 06/24/14)

How does everyone else do this?

I like the roof otherwise & should last longer than me.
Bobkatz


 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:58 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Our cabin is 5/12 pitch, exposed fasteners, and if it's dry it is not a problem with good sneakers. I have run a rope over the roof to a tree behind. If you have to go up there in the winter I would install a permanent ladder.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:30 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I put the loader bucket up next to the roof, then set a ladder in the loader bucket running up the roof, and crawl up the ladder.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:32 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Find yourself a good used aerial truck with a man bucket and use that. There are also trailer models available. Look around online for aerial bucket trucks or trailers. Will cost more than a ladder, but will be a lot safer. It will be money well spent. Don't loan it to anyone; you never know what someone else will do that they might try to hold you liable for.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Your going to need a roof ladder. I have learned from my steel roof. It was fine traction wise when I installed it but after a week of dust it was slicker than snot even with good shoes on. You can broom the dust off and it helps some. Don't ever try to get up there when its wet. You will be lying on the ground shortly there after.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One thing to think about is your age. I used to throw a ladder up to the garage. Then, run across to the house roof jump on and go to the chimney.
Now, at 66 years old I am in pretty good shape. But, nothing bends like it used to, I do not have the balance, do not have the strength I used to, etc.
No answers, just some things a lot of us will have to start thinkig about.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

U guys are great! I knew I'd get a few ideas but I got several.
I'm planning on making my own designed ladder from pressure treated wood, using 2X2 for side rails & 1X3's for steps. How does that sound?
I'm 68 years old & cut & split all my own wood for 43 years!
Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:57 am    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My roof has exposed screw-heads you can use for
traction, but they are spaced at 2' & hard to stay
on. Not as limber as I used to be either!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Steel roofs, little long Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dr asked me what I'm allergic to? I told him pain and gravity. Getting on a slippery roof you too may find out about pain and gravity.
Be safe.
George
 
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