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Old 04-08-2010, 09:38 PM   #16
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I love those that give "hire someone" as advise on a diy forum. I almost asked people not to post this response but I incorrectly guessed I wouldn't have to in a diy forum.
"Hire Someone" can be valid DIY advice. You are, of course, free to ignore it.

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Secure the ladder how ?

I'm not a roofer...this is my own home
So I'm not concerned with OSHA
Oh... well, I use a stretchable rope, with hooks on the end most times, which keeps the ladder from kicking out when you disembark, and on the rare occasion when there is nothing to hook on to, we will anchor a device for this purpose.
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I love those that give "hire someone" as advise on a diy forum. I almost asked people not to post this response but I incorrectly guessed I wouldn't have to in a diy forum.

firehawk didn't simply say "hire somebody" He said if you are not comfortable doing this, it might be better to hire somebody as obviously, the one misstep is a doozy.

he is right. There is nothing wrong with suggesting a person not undertake a possibly lethal situation, especially if they are not comfortable.
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For someone who is new to ladders and roofs, I would say that redundancy is the key until you can assess what is safe and what is not. Secure the ladder at both the top and bottom before stepping on to the roof and be sure to have another person nearby in case of an issue. Also, be sure the slope of your roof is navigable without cleats. Some roofs are steeper than they appear from the ground.
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Some roofs are steeper than they appear from the ground.
they are all steeper than they appear to be from the ground to me

No matter how low the slope is, it seems once I get up there, it's like I'm on the side of the Matterhorn.
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Oh... well, I use a stretchable rope, with hooks on the end most times, which keeps the ladder from kicking out when you disembark, and on the rare occasion when there is nothing to hook on to, we will anchor a device for this purpose.
OK, Thanks
I do tie a rope to the ladder at the top & tie it off
My neighbor was actually worried about my tall ladder against the side of the house, he didn't see the rope
I can't recall if I have ever tried stepping off to the side..I think I haven't

With the door to the main house roof I no longer use a ladder
With the addition I use a venting skylight to access the roof

It only takes one slip or loss of balance to fall
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firehawk didn't simply say "hire somebody" He said if you are not comfortable doing this, it might be better to hire somebody as obviously, the one misstep is a doozy.

he is right. There is nothing wrong with suggesting a person not undertake a possibly lethal situation, especially if they are not comfortable.
If I didn't feel comfortable getting on a step roof after getting some good advise, why would I still attempt it? "You may want to consider hiring someone" is a seriously week answer on a diy forum. Of corse I've considered hiring someone, in fact, I'll already stated that I've hired 2 individuals in the past for this. Now that I'm considering doing it myself (which is what diy means by the way), I've come to a DIY forumfor help on how I can do it myself and I'm looking for that type of advise. I certantly didn't go to a "should I hire a contractor forum" did I?

"Hire someone" advise on a diy forum is a oxymoron.

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