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Old 09-01-2007, 09:04 PM   #1
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Of course, the front of the house needs plywood replaced as well. Except, this is mostly along the outer edge. I'm cutting off the outer two feet of nasty plywood and patching in new. Even with a fall harness, it's nerve racking to be out hanging over the edge pulling nails, pounding in new, etc.

I have no idea how you guys do this day in and day out.

My house is a raised ranch, so the roof is about 17 ft, so it's not like working on a barn, but after having a piece of plywood slip as I was sitting on it getting ready to nail it about stopped my heart.

I'm never doing a roof higher than 10 ft again.

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That slippage can occur on loose pieces od scrap shingles too.

They are called Roof Ski's.

Like anything, you get used to it after you do it for a while, or you quit.

A problem with getting used to it though, is that you can take safety for granted because you have been doing it for so long.

Why do you thing legitimate contractors have to pay so much money to Workmans Compensation Insurance.

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Old 09-01-2007, 11:17 PM   #3
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who`s worman ,don`t step/stand on anything until it`s nailed down!!!
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:02 AM   #4
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I have trained in new guys and know how you feel. Once someone slips, their day is ruined. It's hard to forget about that slip.
The hardest part is getting your mind to think that 10 feet or 20 feet, it doesn't matter much. It's the same as being on a hill. It's tough to think that way though.
Work comp is high because people take advantage of it. A roofers price seems high because we have to pay the premiums.
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it`s usually stopping new guys from walking on felt paper they laid out before they nail/staple it down DON`T DO IT!!!
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Get some really gummy soled mountain climber shoes and a harness [ dont throw the rope over the roof and tie it to the car bumper unless you have the only set of keys], a helmet, shoulder pads, and put an inflatable stunt bag on the ground below where you are working.

Then hire a Pro to do it!

[I dont like working on roofs either]
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you see where the guy got towed off the roof when his wife decided to go shopping huh?
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Yup!

Thats why ya have the only set of keys in your pocket up on the roof!
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I have had to do some of the roofing on my 2 story house over the years, and its surprising what a person can do, when you know that if you don't do it, it WONT GET DONE. I have used a rope for safty, and have the rope tied to an old oak tree. Don't think my wife will move that.

As far as I'm concerned, it costs a good amount of money for roofers to do a job, and they earn EVERY PENNEY!!!
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Actually Dollars Would Be Better!
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the way they(up where nobody really wants to be); roofer folks do it, is to remind themselves that nobody loves them anyway, and if I die at least this guy will get a good roof, until I fall off and and land on my head.

No magic. Just more guts then common smarts, and a hungry family... A little tip would be nice... maybe a 25$ gift card to the local grocery would be the right thing to do.
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Who nobody wants to be is the 300lb fat guy.

I'd rather work for a living than be the guy who wears a turtle neck and a golf shirt. LOL

Actually it's called being good at something rather than punching a clock and (in your mind, and reality) getting paid to do what a chimp can do. Which is nothing most days.
They say that for an hourly paid person, 3 hours a day goes to taxes. Maybe true. But they only put in about 2 hours a day of actual work.
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I only weigh 225 lbs

I am that guy who wears the golf shirt and sits on his ass all day long behind a computer, but used to work construction in AZ "back in the day" so I figured I could do it. I'm surprised how fast I got out of shape and how hot the damn sun is when you're stuck on a roof.

If I was on someone's crew and being paid by the hour, I'd have been kicked to the curb on the second day.

So far am succeeding...we'll see during the next rain storm just how good a job I did. Everything is taking longer than I expected. Now, to be fair, I am correcting some idiotic building practices of the original builder....so that is taking some time. And, replacing plywood is a real ball buster. But, tearing off I thought I did pretty good considering, and shingling isn't too bad when I have everything pre-cut and ready to go. I'm cheating with G-Tape, but since the last roof I was on was back in the mid 80's, I think I'm entitled to a bit of help.

I do lose about 7 to 8 lbs in a day, but gain most back when I eat at night.

On the plus side, I'm getting a hell of a tan and I haven't fallen off yet or thrown my back out.





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Who nobody wants to be is the 300lb fat guy.

I'd rather work for a living than be the guy who wears a turtle neck and a golf shirt. LOL

Actually it's called being good at something rather than punching a clock and (in your mind, and reality) getting paid to do what a chimp can do. Which is nothing most days.
They say that for an hourly paid person, 3 hours a day goes to taxes. Maybe true. But they only put in about 2 hours a day of actual work.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:47 PM   #14
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IT`S MAD SKILLS DUDE,THE REST OF THAT COMMENT WAS PSYCHOBABBLE,Ihave no fear of heights ,or hard work,love working outdoors, being able to do things others can`t,and being able to drive by later and show it off!

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