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Old 11-20-2013, 06:09 PM
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I'm still scared to death of heights/slope on a roof

I'm building a shed. It's 8x12 with 8' walls and a 27 degree slope on the roof. I had friend help me put it together. He put the decking on one side of the roof. When I was trying to figure out what I could to get the other side on I realized that some branches were in the way. They were to close to power lines for my comfort so I called some tree trimmers and it turns out they do contracting stuff too. There was a 3 hr min and the branches took 30 min so I asked them to do the decking as well. OK problem solved.

Still needed to put the felt and shingles on. It's going to rain here tomorrow and Fri so I figured how hard could it be right? I got the felt on. I hate every second being up on that roof. I have the siding on so it is structurally sound and no shaking I just do not like the slope and feel like I will end up dead any second. I'm going to see if I can hire my brother in law to do the shingling. Pretty sure I will not be up there again.

Just thought I'd share.

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I've solved that fear in the past with a harness and fixed rope. I did hire a roofer recently to put some roofing tar around the chimney of my 3 story rental property with a 12/12 pitch. I thought I was being a wimp but the roofers legs were shaking when he moved from the ladder to the roof. Made me feel better.
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I've solved that fear in the past with a harness and fixed rope. I did hire a roofer recently to put some roofing tar around the chimney of my 3 story rental property with a 12/12 pitch. I thought I was being a wimp but the roofers legs were shaking when he moved from the ladder to the roof. Made me feel better.
Just make sure that squirrels don't chew through the rope if you leave it out -- this happened to my grandmother when she was fixing a roof leak in our beach house (she must have been about 75 at the time). Fortunately, she fell back onto the roof deck, not off the roof!
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:38 PM
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I have the same thing, a harness helps me pretty much 100%, it removes the falling/death fear.

My shed is on raised concrete piers on a hillside that overlooks a dropoff, from top of the rear of the roof to the ground of the lower lawns is almost 25ft, I feel your pain. Front of the roof to the ground is about 12ft... I had to go up to remove branches recently and it was not pleasant. My house is 2 story and needs all the gutters cleaned at some point probably spring, not looking forward to that. Going to get one of those drill attachment spinner devices to clean them hopefully from a short ladder or the ground.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:42 PM
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Anybody rented an electric lift bucket from HD for high work? I've got to paint the front of my house (3 stories tall) and was thinking that a lift bucket instead of a ladder might make it easier. But I don't know how I would feel manoevering a lift bucket. I haven't been up in one since 1969.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:57 PM
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This is a simple 1 story shed. Edge of the roof is only 8 ft off the ground. No cliffs to worry about. Trees on each end to grab on to.

Bottom line. When it come to heights I'm a chicken chit. I do not even care for glass elevators. We stayed in a hotel in New Orleans near the French Quarter. The windows were floor to ceiling. When I stood in front of it my hand instinctual went to the wall to hold on to and I felt my sphincter tighten up a bit.

I consider my self a rational person. I know I was up on my shed and nothing happened. I actually had to go up there several times to get more stuff, cut more felt ... etc. Nothing happened .... other than my heart beating way faster, heavy breathing, sweating profusely .... No reason to be scared, but damned if my mind would play nice.

I might look into the harness thing.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:43 PM
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My barn roof is about 25 ft. high and steep pitched corrugated iron roofing. I used to do some climbing in my foolish youth. No way I'd go up there now. I re-roofed my henhouse; a shack similar to your shed only a bit bigger last summer. I know exactly how you feel.
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Thankz. That makes me feel so much better.
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I guess it is in a persons tolerance level. Harnessed properly and roped off properly you cannot fall. I have done things with rope and harness that would have terrified me without. Thats if I could have even forced myself to do them without.

So many people fall off roofs it is kinda stupid not to be properly secured. Some fear of heights is a healthy thing. Some people have absolutely none. Some have an abnormal amount as well.

Kerry was mentioning three stories up on an extension ladder. A ladder that I would feel comfortatable on at that height would cost dearly. Still if tied of properly and you secured to it with a clip from a harness you could not really fall.

Knowing it is all in the mind is not that great a help. People can freeze up when they exceed their personal tolerance level. It fortunately has not happened to me.

Other than I found myself forcing myself to move a couple of times. Probably a form of self preservation erupting. Some people can freeze up solid and equipment has to be secured to get them down.

Falls are luck of the draw. Much depends on what you land on even from eight feet. The kid in the video was quite unlucky. A few feet could have made a differance where he landed.
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Reminds me of my escapades on the roof of my own dutch colonial with a 8" pitch (34 degrees). It's a full two story and the edge of the roof is at 19 feet off the ground rising to about 28 feet at the peak.

I had to do some mortar work on the chimney (right at the peak).

This escapade was absolutely no fun and took all day to accomplish a small amount of work (mixing mortar and resetting the bricks at the top of the chimney). All the time knowing that one mistake is my last.

This was 10 years ago. NFW I go up there anymore.
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I knew a guy who fell off a 6 ft stepladder and died. He was an older guy.
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This is a simple 1 story shed. Edge of the roof is only 8 ft off the ground. No cliffs to worry about. Trees on each end to grab on to.

Bottom line. When it come to heights I'm a chicken chit. I do not even care for glass elevators. We stayed in a hotel in New Orleans near the French Quarter. The windows were floor to ceiling. When I stood in front of it my hand instinctual went to the wall to hold on to and I felt my sphincter tighten up a bit.

I consider my self a rational person. I know I was up on my shed and nothing happened. I actually had to go up there several times to get more stuff, cut more felt ... etc. Nothing happened .... other than my heart beating way faster, heavy breathing, sweating profusely .... No reason to be scared, but damned if my mind would play nice.

I might look into the harness thing.

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If your legs shake and you break out in cold sweats when working up high this is a sign that you are close to a personal boundary (I think that's the trendy term for it) - so don't do it.
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5' comfort level limit - that's right, my feet above 5' up a ladder and anything above that I no likey.

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