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Old 10-14-2014, 12:32 AM   #1
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I have a 2 story building with a flat roof surrounded by a pitched parapet with shingles on it. I got an extension ladder and climbed it for a bit, but when I got close to the top I realized I would need to dismount the ladder on to a steeply sloping parapet and then jump on to the flat roof from there. That seemed like a great way to commit suicide so I just climbed down the ladder without dismounting. But my question is, how the heck is a normal person supposed to dismount a ladder on to a pitched roof or parapet for that matter? Do you just need great balance and if you don't have it, go call someone who does? =)

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I am truly not trying to be a smart butt, but it would be best if you let someone with experience go up there, the way you explained it would be suicide.

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For the OP. Rent a lift to get you up that high.
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For the OP. Rent a lift to get you up that high.
I'm with Grag on this one!
We professionals are sometimes expected and even do stuff like that which should only be done by circus acrobats, and no, it doesn't work for us every time either.
Many pros have gotten on roofs we couldn't safely get back off of by ourselves. Get a lift!
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Have you ever seen a ladder that could be dismounted by stepping onto a roof from between the rails rather than swinging off to the side. Much safer to dismount and remount from a roof. I have one I built and it ain't for sale. lol
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Have you ever seen a ladder that could be dismounted by stepping onto a roof from between the rails rather than swinging off to the side. Much safer to dismount and remount from a roof. I have one I built and it ain't for sale. lol
If there were something like that on the market I bet it would sell, you should check into producing a few of them for sale.
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"Safe-T Ladder Rail Extension handrails allow for easy mounting and dismounting at the top the ladder." http://www.buyladder-max.com/blog/pr...ladder-damage/
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I was going to the safe-t rails extensions. We have a lot of apartment buildings around here that I think are a similar set up as you are describing. Generally they are tall enough that a 32' latter almost maxed out at the right angle will hit the cap on the mansard. Then you just step off like you normally would. The only thing awkward is the last couple of rungs that you only get to use your toes to hold you up.
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"Safe-T Ladder Rail Extension handrails allow for easy mounting and dismounting at the top the ladder." http://www.buyladder-max.com/blog/pr...ladder-damage/
I have seen those.Used to be an ironworker and use to working 300 ft.or so in the air and don't know if I would trust them or not.As a pro they would not be OSHA approved on a job because I think the ladder has to extend three foot above.
I have seen some that are heavier than the example you've shown and think it's a good idea.Just saying.When I step off a roof I like to be able to grab onto the ladder.
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I have seen those.Used to be an ironworker and use to working 300 ft.or so in the air and don't know if I would trust them or not.As a pro they would not be OSHA approved on a job because I think the ladder has to extend three foot above.
I have seen some that are heavier than the example you've shown and think it's a good idea.Just saying.When I step off a roof I like to be able to grab onto the ladder.

They are OSHA approved, they add 3' to the length of the ladder. They are sturdy and help out a lot when you need a 43' ladder.
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I have seen some that are and I like them although I have not tried them.The one in the pic just didn't look that way.I'm waiting to find the Werners on sale and will try one unless you know of a better one you've used?
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Man am I behind times, that is too cool, I would buy one.
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I prefer the upper most rung to be below the eaves edge a distance close to the spacing of the rungs or a small amount less, not greater.

A rung above the eave edge is another obstacle and a trip hazard I don't care to have. That may be nit picking and not bother some but I want all in my favor that can be at those heights.
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I have seen those.Used to be an ironworker and use to working 300 ft.or so in the air and don't know if I would trust them or not.As a pro they would not be OSHA approved on a job because I think the ladder has to extend three foot above.
I have seen some that are heavier than the example you've shown and think it's a good idea.Just saying.When I step off a roof I like to be able to grab onto the ladder.
Thats what I was thinking. OSHA would have a fit.

But then again, residential contractors have it sooooooo easy in that regard
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They are OSHA approved, they add 3' to the length of the ladder. They are sturdy and help out a lot when you need a 43' ladder.
That first picture sure doesn't look like it

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