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Old 05-12-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have a to get to a section of a house that is above a metal roof to stain. It is quite slick and just a bit steep to walk. I wondered if you all have any suggestions on how to stage this area?
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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Articulating boom lift.

Nice house.

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you can do better than that.
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Not me. Only way I would even consider doing it. It's fast and easy, no sloppy scaffold set up.
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If it's just that lower part, you should be able to walk it easily w/ foam rubber.

Just take the covers off your couch cushions...
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All I can offer is saying an articulating boom lift (as Griz said) is my suggestion too.

Be careful up there!!!! Post what you come up with!

EDIT-they're fun to play with too!
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Suction cup shoes.
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Vise Grip sheet metal tongs.

Clamp them to the seams with the handles up and set a 2x4 or chicken ladder against them.
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You have some big brass ones to go up that friggin' thing.

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You have some big brass ones to go up that friggin' thing.

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Never had one move on me and I weigh 260+. Been doing it for 25 years. But you'll notice that there's scaffold right below and we'll be harnessed when on the chicken ladder.

In the OP's situation, very little force will be exerted on the vice grips since it's a low pitch roof. They will just act to keep him from starting slide. I'd harness off anyway.
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we make a wood ladder out of 5/4 just slightly smaller than the pan and clamp c-clamps to the side of the ladder and the ribs

but don't do this with out an anchored safety line
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i bought a few cheap bath mats. no slip . good times. wall is done. saved big $ on renting a lift. think i'll go catch a tigers game.
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hhmmmm... no slip bath mats....whod a thunk
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A lift would have made that whole job a lot easier.
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Those are some big lincoln logs. Awesome house.
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Volleys are known as a good roofing shoe, i have used them on metal roofs and they don't slip on step roofs but i would also use a rope or something else in your case to be sure.

Still not that good if the roof is wet
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Ive used the vise grip/ c lamp method
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Re: Walking On A Metal Roof ?'s


I've done this one not so steep metal roofs, use a bunch of clamps, then slide a piece of 3/4 ply against that. and you can screw a 2x4 to that ply to keep your ladder from kicking out if you need to use a ladder while up on the roof. articulated booms can't get everywhere.

also, if you take some scrap EPDM rubber off your roofer, it grips better if you have used the rubber primer on it first and let it dry really well. then it's somewhat tacky but not going to stick or leave marks(test it out first, some finishes might mark up)
then lay the EPDM in the pan where you need to work and it keeps you from sliding.
the foam pads on top of that work well.

I've also made small chicken ladders that fit into the panels using 5/4 lath . you can keep them from job to job.

lastly. if they have snow guards, make sure they are securely fastened and I have in the past trusted them because I know who put them on. Those snow guards withstand lots of force from snow/ice in the winter, just look what it does to gutters without it, that's a lot of force, more than we are putting on them with our weight. so the more guards you can catch to push against, the better you are. bring an allen key up and make sure they are tight.
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Not to be a ****, but do you tell homeowner clamps may leave marks. My experience on higher end jobs is customer expects us to walk on water. Leave no trace we were there. Whenever I try to save customer money, it comes back to bite me. I vote for the lift! Know you said bath mats worked, but, one slip with bucket of paint in hand, I'm just sayin

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