adldata, on 01 April 2012 - 03:45 PM, said:
having a slight issue. I primarily do Data installations however I have antenna training and signal meters so occasionally we do antennas too but this is not our bread and butter.
I'm having issues specifically on colourbond roofs - pitching too much and sliding off. I'm finding it impossible to get a decent grip on the roof and it's making it hard to mount our antennas. I wear Dunlop Volleys but to be honest I'm not all that impressed with them, I am still sliding down - last night I almost fell off the roof and I hit the ladder and pushed it over.
Surely you antenna guys don't have this issue, any suggestions? I thought about throwing a rope over the roof but new developments seems to put up those fences now days where there are no rails to tie off to, thus giving me no tie off options either. Perhaps I need a better grip shoe? some sort of matting?
I saw this too (the guy at the start is just like me by the way)
Sounds like a recipe for a short lifespan !!!
Always, ALWAYS tie off the ladder !The ladder can move sideways just stepping on or off from the roof onto it. What are you going to do if a gust of wind blows it down and it lands on somebody's head while your on the roof, jump off?Even a strap thru
a gutter support is better than nothing. I keep two heavy duty closed loop antenna guy wire screw eyes with coach bolt theads
in the wagon to tie off the ladder to on extension ladder jobs, just take out two roofing screws and screw in the eye bolts and put
the roofing screws back in when you are finished ,with a bit of silicon sealer if the holes need it.
Always put the ladder in line with the antenna position if you can, so if you do slide a bit you will be able to stop at the tied off
ladder, or as 'clipper' says go up and down the valley or ridge line.
If the roof is a bit on the steep side or it looks like you might get a bit of rain I run a rope loop up to and around
the antenna roof mount with both ends tied off to the ladder so you can untie it from the ladder last thing when the roof work is done.I use a tool bag for all tools, drills etc tied off at the antenna mount once its bolted down.
You need 'volleys' with the rubber soles not the synthetic soles for the best grip.I have been using KT26's with the steel toe caps for a while and they seem ok as long as you are carefull.I don't go on wet roofs at all, or ones that are too steep for me, being
almost classed as an old GEEZA, you have to know your limits, there is no point being up there with your knees banging together, let someone else with a harness do it .You are ONLY DEAD ONCE !!
By the way new colour bond roofs seem to get slippery on hot days from grease or some sort of lube melting and I have always
thought black and green roofs are more slippery and the metal sheets are getting thinner or maybe I'm putting on weight.
Don't fall orrff !! There is a lot of safety gear now available that wasn't about a few years back.