How to climb on roofI was house painter and construction guy during my working career. I was on the ladder.
This information is based on real experience
Check ladder before climbingMust be latched both rungs, on both sides.
Check for cracks and bent bolt.
Use fender washer on both sides if aluminum has tiny cracks.
Bolt is special hardened bolt.
Do not replace with regular bolt, must be hardened bolt. Ask at hardware store.
Do not use ladder that is bent, or was bent
Step ladder safety
Move indoors and do not stay on roof, or touch metal ladders, or touch anything made of metal when lightning is within 1 mile or can be heard or seen.
|Set ladder on side of house to easily climb up to roof and get back down.|
Best way to get on roof is along the pitched side. Set ladder at angle, as illustrated with wooden ladder, so both ladder feet are flat on ground, then set ladder at angle until both rails are flat against roofline.
This is counter-intuitive to set ladders this way, but very effective and safe.
We also used ropes to secure ladder from falling over, we also made one ladder leg longer on aluminum and wood ladders by adding stout 2x4 or 1x4 yellow pine.
When setting ladder against gutter... use wire to tie ladder to gutter nail. Set bag of dirt behind ladder feet.
When setting ladder on grass or dirt, turn the feet so they stab into soil. Dig small holes for feet.
Choose grass-dirt over concrete surface when setting ladder.
Never set extension ladder on wet concrete, or concrete that slopes away from ladder. Sweep surface clean.
Never set extension ladder on tile surface without full bracing behind feet. Higher person climbs, less stable ladder.
Always make sure 4 points of ladder touch... 2 feet firmly at bottom and 2 rails firmly at top.
We take apart extension ladder to make 2 ladders, then chain ladders together to climb down sides of roof.
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