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FatAugie 08-25-2007 07:45 PM

Fall protection question
OK, here we go. Tomorrow by this time, I hope to have the roof torn off and laying on the grass, and working towards replacing the sheathing I need to.

I dug out my FallTech fall harness (Roofing Kit) and have a question for anyone who uses these..

How the hell do you get the included grab to move freely on the rope? It looks like they have the basic model thrown into this package. It's supposed to track up and down the rope lifeline as you move around. Testing it in my garage, with the end of the lifeline chucked in the vise, I couldn't get it to track. :wallbash:

Is there some trick to this that I'm missing? I can't find any way to move the ring into a locked upright position. There's no release that I can see.

At worst, I'll use it like a manual grab and call the company on Monday and ask them...I thought perhaps someone has used this version and has some info.



roofboy 08-26-2007 01:21 AM


They are not designed to move freely down the rope. Imagine you going over the edge of your roof and the grab just moving on down the rope to the end. Big hospital bill.:( They do not track up the rope very well either. Whatever you do, do not make it so the rope freely move down.


FatAugie 08-26-2007 01:32 AM

Well, yeah, I understand that! From what I can see, they're supposed to move up and down in a controlled fashion...i.e. if you go over the edge, you jerk the grab and that's when it catches. Trust me, if I go over the edge, gravity REALLY likes me (I'm not skinny).

Ed the Roofer 08-26-2007 02:13 AM

You will only be able to slide them upward slowly by hand until you get it set to the position of the roof that you are going to be working on.

For the downward force, a sudden and immediate jerk will set it to prevent further slippage.

I'm dang glad I use the things.

I had a man finishing up some detsail work on a 3 story Chicago home back around 1990-1991 or so, and he slipped and fell down to the gutter eave level and was able to pull himself back up.

Lazy guy didn't finish out the rest of the day for some reason after that.


Docfletcher 08-26-2007 10:28 AM

Guy's " A SUDDEN AND IMMEDIATE JERK WILL SET IT " sounds a bit like a parachute. :laughing:

FatAugie 08-26-2007 11:09 AM


OK, I figured it out. It goes up easy, but I have to release it to go away from the anchor. I thought it would be more of a PITA than it actually is.

2.5 hours into it, and I have almost 7 squares torn off and laying in the back yard. And as an aside, running away from Yellow Jackets when tethered to a fall harness is easier said than done.

At least I don't have to worry too much if I lose my balance.

the roofing god 08-26-2007 11:14 AM


Docfletcher 08-26-2007 01:27 PM

Better yellow jackets than KILLER BEES!:laughing:

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