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    Quote Originally Posted by GregSY View Post
    I did find that extending the ladder so it's sticking about 3 feet above the gutter line helps greatly. That way, you can hold the ladder firmly with your hands before making the on/off transition.

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    I might point out that the 3' extension above the landing is an OSHA requirement, and everyone should be doing it cause it just makes sense.

    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modelman View Post
    I might point out that the 3' extension above the landing is an OSHA requirement, and everyone should be doing it cause it just makes sense.

    Dennis

    Yeah, I've been doing because it's just the best way to do it, knowing nothing of any OSHA requirement. Now I wonder what the contrarians who want government out of their business are going to do. Put up no extension just to give the finger to the man or admit sometimes the gummint guys are right on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight machine View Post
    what's that?
    He's channeling his inner trump. IOW, it makes no sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGTool View Post
    I had a roofer out to do an inspection of a roof. I had a ladder, but he wanted to use his own. No problem, I can understand. So it's up against the roof at the appropriate safe angle and he heads up. About two thirds of the way up the feet of the ladder start to slide out on wet leaves. It slid right out and he came down hanging on to the ladder. Bushes and more leaves cushioned the fall, but still. I still give him credit for going back at it and doing what he came to do. Didn't even go back to the truck for a change of shorts.

    Meanwhile, on the ladder safety question, how are these guys doing?

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    Any OSHA guys in the area? No? Ok, Lets do this.

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    I'm doing my best to break up with ladders. I usually use my manlift to go on the roof but if the ground is too wet to drive it from my auto shop over to the house I use an extension ladder and have my wife come outside and stand on the bottom rung to give it stability so it can't move. She only weighs 120# but it doesn't take much.

    My next younger brother fell off of a step ladder from 4 feet up. Broke one heel and screwed up his artificial knee. Many surgeries later and two years he was back at work. I hate ladders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    Rustgo......
    Is that the same thing as Covfefe?

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    It gives me the willies to even watch... Fred Dibnah How to climb a chimney overhang at 50+ - YouTube

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    I bought a scissor lift 5 years ago to build my shop. On average I use it 2-3 times a week. Didn't think it would be a replacement for a ladder, but it sure turned into that. I've even forklifted it through my back door to use inside the house.

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    I bought a lift this year, from the place I was renting them from before. Turns out that with rental costs, sychronization costs (getting lift and trades there at same time) the thing will be pay for itself in 10 or 20 uses. It's had 5 in a few months. Meaning I could buy a new used one every 3 years or so and be ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight machine View Post
    what's that?
    Googled it as suggested.......
    A.L Wilson - Stain Removers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    Googled it as suggested.......
    A.L Wilson - Stain Removers
    That's not the first item that came up on my search.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    That's not the first item that came up on my search.....
    What you don't use Dogpile?

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    I have a friend who owns a construction company, they have 4 "Sky Lifts" which are those wheeled extension cranes that are used to hold/lift people and supplies up onto roofs, etc.

    They are an indispensable tool. But it's amazing at how much they cost....not only to buy, but to maintain. They have lots of hydraulic hoses, an engine, tires, bearings, etc. When you combine all that with the unavoidable fact that idiots will be using them daily....stuff is gonna break. It's almost every day that one of the four is needing some sort of work done to it.

    The single biggest issue is the workers are too lazy to put diesel fuel in them...so they run out, and it's usually someplace they've driven that inaccessible. Then, they grind away on the starter trying to get it running again, and melt the starter/leads up. This happens A LOT.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    What you don't use Dogpile?
    I use the duck.....

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    they make a pair of legs that clamps to the top of an extension ladder that is meant for houses with gutters or overhanging roofs similar to what youve done. It just snaps on an off. Ive gotten to where I like them so much I just use them anytime i need to get on a roof. since it rests on the top of the roof and not your facia or drip edge its pretty near impossible to slip.
    IDK what the official name is called but they have them at Home Depot.


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