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Old 10-25-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hey Guys!

I recently had a steel roof installed on my cottage, sadly, the clown who installed the chimney for my gas stove "forgot" to install the rain cap.

He claims he will do it next time he is "down that way", which kinda sounds to me like the cheque is in the mail, ha ha

Anyway, how slippery is a steel roof? I am not sure of the pitch, but, if it was asphalt shingles I would have NO qualms about climbing on it since it's not very steep.

Would I be ok to climb up and put the cap on? I can get a fall arrest harness if I need it, but, would like to know just HOW slick the roof would be?

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Old 10-25-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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Whats the pitch? if your not sure got a pic of the house?

If it was me i'd put it on sooner rather than later esp if there is weather in the forecast.

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Old 10-26-2013, 07:32 AM   #3
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I use a pair of these on an extension ladder.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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I can get a pic no problem, but, not sure how to post here?

The ladder hook looks cool, would have to wait for it to get shipped here though, unless I found them locally.

I just wondered how slick a steel roof was in general, would like to have an idea what I am up against before I start, as you guys mentioned weather is going to be coming shortly.

Thanks for the ideas and input, keep it coming

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Old 10-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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They are walkable when dry and if free of dirt.
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If there is even a hint of moisture on a metal roof……dew, mist, rain, fog remnants, well, anyway you will go down, fast and hard.
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There is always the foam trick but I didn't say that!
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:37 PM   #8
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What is the foam trick? Hypothetically speaking of course!
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:15 PM   #9
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Use a Jacobs ladder, If your roof is painted galvanized or Galvalume steel, chances are you have a PVDF finish, which is similar to teflon, and I dont need to tell you how slippery Teflon is. You do not want to scratch that finish either, because you will start seeing rust coming through. Pretty amazing that nobody saw that the cap was missing when they were up there putting the roof on. They had to install a tall cone flashing and a rain collar right?
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Foam doesn't work well on steel. Neither does dust or pollen.
You're on your own from this point on. I prefer hook ladders, but on low pitch roofs, I only get on where I can have a rope to hold onto to assist getting on and off the roof. If you slip on metal, you don't often slow down on the trip to the edge. That said, in conjunction with the rope, I roll out RubberMaid shelf liner. All dust and water must be gone for it to work. IT MUST lay FLAT! If wrinkled and you step on it, it acts a lot like a skate board. That said, the more firmly you plant weight on it, the better it grips.
Use my advice at your own discretion! Have a safety line in place. Have a pipe collar to hold onto.
If you do fall, try to get some pictures so we'll know what not to do and/or what went wrong.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:41 PM   #11
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Got cap on and roof sealed up, pitch wasn't too steep and I tied myself off to my truck (AFTER taking the keys out, lol) and climbed up. It was slick, but, bone dry and the exposed screw heads at least gave me something to temporarily put my foot on. Went pretty well, the chimney was close enough to the peak that I was able to sit on the peak to do the work, took me about a day of planning for 5 minutes work, reminds me if my sex life, lol

Thanks for all the input, it was NICE having an idea what to expect and how to prepare!

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With all that I said above, my experiences are based on 40+ years of experience, including numerous falls. Be very careful!

Here's an example of one of my experiences. There is a tool called aSlate Ripper. It's used for pulling the nails from under the slate to make repairs. The nails are usually rusted and easy to tear out. I decided to ignore common sense and climb using my rippers. I was able to get one great action shot as the first nail popped out and the other was letting go.
I wasn't able to stick around and get a second shot!
Be careful. Even experienced roofers make mistakes.
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I was late to the party! Glad it went safely and well!
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I was late to the party! Glad it went safely and well!
Hey Tinner, I was talking to a friend of mine that slipped off a metal roof a couple of weeks ago. He was sitting down when he started to go. I said to him "Man you must have been scared poopless about the fall" His response was: The eaves were only about 15 feet, and there were big leafy bushes below, so the impending fall didn't bother me too much, but I was sliding down on my butt, and the damn snow birds had me sweating bullets"
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:59 PM   #15
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Thanks Tinner!

I had a couple of slips myself but I had the "vice grip" hands around the rope, I bet Brock Lesnar couldn't have pulled it outta my hands.

My eaves where about 15 feet up, but, I had HARD packed earth awaiting me if I fell.

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