My house is very tall and I don't have a ladder, or don't believe they
make one tall enough, to get to the very top. Is there a product that
will lock my ladder onto the first roof to get to the second? Anyone's
help is greatly appreciated.
Well, you can get 40-ft plus extension ladders, so there is probably on
made long enough to get to the top roof eaves. Unless the roof is a
very steep pitch it won'r be able to reach the ridge, however, owing to
the large setback you'd need in all likelihood.
You can tie off the base of a regular ladder on the lower roof,
certainly. W/ wood shingled roofs here, I simply nail a piece of tubaX
down and then tie it off against it. For a composition roof it's
probably best to arrange to fasten the tieoffs from the wall or other
solid object rather than go through the shingles.
The only thing I've seen watching this old house for 25 years, is one of
1. Attached scaffolding on the roof, and then a ladder from there.
2. Ladder with that U shaped attachement on the top, that can be
temporarily attached/drilled to the roof, and I guess there is one at the
I'd suggest you go to some ladder websites. If there's a need, someone
will be selling it, and also call a few contracter rental places.
You might shoot a weight attached to a rope over the ridge with
a slingshot and tie it to a tree or a car on the other side and walk
up the rope with some sort of prusik or mechanical ascender arrangement.
Anybody that has to ask how to do something like this, probably should NOT
be trying to do it themselves, at least not based on Internet advice. IOW,
if something up there needs attention, pay a pro, at least the first time,
and see how they get up there.
Of course they make ladders and/or scaffolds that tall. How does OP think
the place was built in the first place?
Standard disclaimer- this isn't a flame against OP- not everyone had the
advantage of growing up in the business (like I did), and everyone has to
learn somehow. But gravity, at 32'/sec sq., is a damn harsh teacher. As an
immortal kid, I did plenty of high work like that, but now that even minor
injuries take an irritatingly long time to heal up, I'd probably pay to get
any repairs over 20 feet off the ground done.
Maybe you could get some tips from..
and http://www.mpam.gr/fun/photos/safety_at_work /
and if you have the powerpoint viewer, prowerpoint, star office or open
bucket truck rental unless you are a fearless roof monkey.
but if your knees knock on a 2 story 32 foot ladder, imagine the
thrills up on a 40 foot ladder.
see home depot rentals for some stuff. no more roofs for me unless they
are flat after i slid down a 45 degree asphalt shingled 2-1/2 story
house roof when the fine gravel surface of it softened on a nice sunny
day and my feet stopped at the gutter.
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