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Old 01-06-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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For some reason, regardless of the fact I have been at it for several years, I can't get used to walking on roofs that have much of an incline.

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Old 01-06-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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In my opinion, it comes down to the right shoes. You need soft rubber soles. Hard soles slide too much.
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In my opinion, it comes down to the right shoes. You need soft rubber soles. Hard soles slide too much.

like running shoes?
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How much of an incline are you talking about? Are you trying to walk something that is just to steep, or are you uncomfortable regardless?
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Any style is fine (I do not want to anger the steel toe crew). If you scuff various shoes across the floor at the store before you buy you will find a wide difference in how much traction different kinds offer. Not all running, work, tennis, basketball, etc ones are the same. Price is not a good indicator either.
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How much of an incline are you talking about? Are you trying to walk something that is just to steep, or are you uncomfortable regardless?
I think it is a cross between shoe issues and incline. Sometimes I actually feel as if I am slipping and have to hold onto the roof of the dormer or whichever to feel safe. I do not like that feeling... I would say I am comfortable on a 35 degree angle or less roof. However, I was watching the video Aaron posted on roof washing, and how comfortable he was washing the roof, I would not be able to perform as such.
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7/12 and below are easy. At 35 degrees, you are around a 9/12 and that is where it gets tougher. I feel comfortable on upto a 9/12, but I will be honest that I am only guessing the pitch, I do not actually measure it.

Also, the quality and condition of the shingles makes a big difference.
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Always have struggled with roofs. Never know the condition of the shingle below. Boots are dangerous and sneakers are the best way to go.
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Buy some cougar paws. They are designed roofer shoes and they grip like crazy. You will love them plus they do not scuff up the asphalt shingles very much.
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Agree, sneakers grip better. These things rock:

http://www.cougarpaws.com/how.shtml
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Those shoes are one of the best safety investment you can make.
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What helps me most...is to whistle, or hum a happy tune.

On a real steep roof, I have a little song (I made up) to sing to myself.

(I won't be sharing the lyrics here though)
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OSHA approved safety harnesses, roof picks and roof brackets.

I also suggest ordering this book: http://www.osha.gov/doc/jobsite/index.html and reading this section: http://www.osha.gov/doc/jobsite/index.html#Fall Protection1

I know of a framing crew that was fined three times last year from OSHA for lack of using fall protection. Fines totaled over 25k. He is now bankrupt.
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What helps me most...is to whistle, or hum a happy tune.

On a real steep roof, I have a little song (I made up) to sing to myself.

(I won't be sharing the lyrics here though)
steve,

This board functions best when participants are here to share their knowledge and learn. The selective keeping of secrets is discouraged and considered unproductive to the Paint Talk Community as a whole. As a moderator, I would like to see you become a valuable member who does not withhold his best information from the group.

With that said, I am requesting that you share your song lyrics in the interest of helping us all be safe on roofs.

Thank you.
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Marks Workwearhouse sell those Tarantula Grip shoes - I have a pair that are steel toe and grip like a bugger - Jet packs are good too....
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HA!

I'm afraid most of it would read: ******** ******* ******** ******* ** ****


oops, sorry Roominaday... for stepping on your toe.

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OSHA approved safety harnesses, roof picks and roof brackets.

I also suggest ordering this book: http://www.osha.gov/doc/jobsite/index.html and reading this section: http://www.osha.gov/doc/jobsite/index.html#Fall Protection1

I know of a framing crew that was fined three times last year from OSHA for lack of using fall protection. Fines totaled over 25k. He is now bankrupt.

The hard part I have is that a lot of the safety stuff seems difficult to implement in a repaint scenario. We have old, brittle shingles. On NC, shingles are more flexible and do not damage when peeled back. Also, on NC, the GC's usually leave brackets in place until the job is finished so they are not being reset by each trade.
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The hard part I have is that a lot of the safety stuff seems difficult to implement in a repaint scenario. We have old, brittle shingles. On NC, shingles are more flexible and do not damage when peeled back. Also, on NC, the GC's usually leave brackets in place until the job is finished so they are not being reset by each trade.
Try to explain that to the OHSA agent.

I always put my own brackets in. I only trust my own safety set up.
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Try to explain that to the OHSA agent.

I always put my own brackets in. I only trust my own safety set up.
Neps, go have a drink, you wouldn't last one day on a steel roof beam 100' in the air and only 6" of width!


That being said I also like to wear good boots and make sure those damn things are tied!
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Neps, go have a drink, you wouldn't last one day on a steel roof beam 100' in the air and only 6" of width!
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Your right, I'd just hire a out of work painter like yourself to go up there for $8 bucks an hour.
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