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mike    Posted 01-28-2005 at 13:12:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
summer of 2003 I put a red steel roof on our log cabin, I love it. We heat mainly w/ our outdoor wood furnace but in sub zero weather a small fire in our indoor woodstove is needed to remain comfortable. my question is how the heck do ya get up there and clean your chimney? I always used to clean it monthly when we had the shingle roof. the pitch is at least 8/12 if not steeper. when I fall off a roof I don't bounce nearly as well as I did in my younger days...

mojo    Posted 01-29-2005 at 04:19:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
The crazy people I hire to work on my house roof lean an extension ladder up to the eave (30') then back a pick-up against it. Then they carry another extension ladder to the roof and lay it flat (45*). then he tosses a rope over the top to the ground and it gets tied off. He then pulls himself and extends the flat ladder up to the ridge using the rope. Lots of work and trips up and down the ladder but it gets the job done.

I work for a place that builds aerial work platforms, some go up to 120'. They cost too much for the average joe to own, but you can rent them. RSC and United are national rental yards. It'd be awhole lot easier and safer, just not as cheap.

Good Luck!

sawtooth    Posted 01-28-2005 at 13:54:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Whatever you do make sure you don't end up going off the roof. Did you read the horror story about the $30,000 proposed surgery from the poster that went off his roof and broke 4 bones in his foot? How about a hook ladder left on the roof all winter... and a rope too? (if the chimney is on the back side of the house where this isn't an eyesore) And only go up there when the sun's out and there's no snow.

toolman    Posted 01-28-2005 at 13:24:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
throw a rope over the peak tie it off on the other side of the house and use that to help get yourself up and then hold you there while you clean the flue,works for me sometimes.

mark    Posted 01-28-2005 at 14:07:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
just don't tie off to the car or truck uless you
have every key in your pocket.

toolman    Posted 01-28-2005 at 14:11:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
haha you must know my luck huh,lol.

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