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Need advise on fall protection technique and safety equipment.


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Old 06-04-11, 10:33 AM
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Question Need advise on fall protection technique and safety equipment.

Hello, I need some advice on fall protection technique and equipment. I've done A LOT of research, but this isn't a topic well covered for beginners.

I want to purchase some quality safety equipment for my annual gutter cleaning of my 2 Ĺ story townhouse. I canít just move the ladder, so Iíll have to actually get on the roof.

Iíve looked at the Ďkits in a bucketí but was thinking of purchasing something a little nicer. I'm considering a Falltech harness:


With a 100í Guardian lifeline:


I donít want to remove or damage any shingles, so Iím not planning to use an anchor. Instead, I want to tie the rope off to a sturdy object opposite the side Iíll be working and throw it over the roof, letting it hang to the ground on the opposite side. Then Iíll use a rope grab for fall arrest in case I fall from the roof. Iíll also have a friend assist for rescue/recovery.

So, thatís my plan. Any suggestions or advice on the harness Iíve selected or my technique? Iíll also need suggestions for a lanyard and rope grab.

Thanks for the help.
 
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Old 06-04-11, 03:50 PM
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Why can't you move the ladder? I'd much rather clean a gutter from a ladder than perched at the end of a roof. A friend of mine built a contraption to clean his gutters when he got too old to climb a ladder. Basically it was some PVC that hooked to the garden hose went up and then made a U-turn to spray out the gutter. I've seen a similar attachment for pressure washers.
 
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My ladder will only reach the roof in the back yard, and I still have some obstructions, so in my case I think it will be easier to just get on the roof (I actually watch my neighbor do it every year with no safety equipment). Regardless, I want to invest in the equipment so I can get on the roof safely when I need to (gutters, cleaning, dish TV). Thanks
 
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Old 06-04-11, 08:46 PM
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If this is going to be an annual thing maybe there is a way to install a permanent attachment point on the roof. Then you could do each side of the house at the same time. Just food for thought.
 
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I have considered that, but I'm a little concerned about making any alterations to the roof/shingles. The rope over the top seems like an easy approach; however, I can't find much to confirm this is an acceptable technique. I'm not scared of walking on the roof, but I want to be safe!!

I'm trying to find something on rope grabs. How they work and which model I should get.
 
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Old 06-05-11, 04:24 AM
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Way back when I used to paint a lot of old farm house roofs. Didn't have much in the way of safety equipment Since there isn't much trusty worthy to secure the rope to on an old house, I used a 100' of manila rope and tied it off to my truck on the other side of the house. The main thing is to make sure the rope is secure!
 
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Way back when I used to paint a lot of old farm house roofs. Didn't have much in the way of safety equipment Since there isn't much trusty worthy to secure the rope to on an old house, I used a 100' of manila rope and tied it off to my truck on the other side of the house. The main thing is to make sure the rope is secure!
Yeah, and to make sure you don't leave the keys in the ignition either! For all the money you are about to spend on safety equipment, why don't you pay someone to install some quality gutter screens and never have to worry about it? Also, you say you live in a townhouse. Why doesn't the association clean the gutters for you?
 
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Old 06-05-11, 05:46 AM
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I have considered that, but I'm a little concerned about making any alterations to the roof/shingles. The rope over the top seems like an easy approach; however, I can't find much to confirm this is an acceptable technique.
I doubt it is acceptable to OSHA but I have done it as well (once). It does work, but the other thing I would be concerned with is the rope dragging across the shingles and possibly tearing the corners.

What about this? : https://www.gutterclutterbuster.com/product.php
 
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Yeah, and to make sure you don't leave the keys in the ignition either!
I never thought about it at the time but back then I always left the keys in switch
Fortunately nobody ever tried to move my truck while I was on the roof.
 
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Not only the shingles, but it will be pulling on the gutter on the opposite side as well. I would advocate a permanent attachment point. It can be installed and waterproofed with little problem. Not only that, but a plain rope is not sufficient. You will need a shock section to soften the fall. All the ones we use have a one time use shock portion in the tether. The one you have pictured is a little unwieldy. A lighter lesser expensive one is pictured here Universal Harness Guardian - SnugHarness.com. You will note the single hook on the back. Lighter, cooler, safe. You won't be hanging from this all day. It is just in case of a fall, and won't be in the way as the larger ones will.
Oh yeah, only make your tether as long as the edge of the roof.
 
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Old 06-12-11, 01:38 PM
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Just do it with a robot: iRobot gutter cleaning
 
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Old 06-13-11, 07:45 AM
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Thanks for the advise guys! I actually bought a pretty nice set up (much more than I needed, but I tend to do that purchasing tools). I purchased everything but the anchor, and I'll probably buy that too when I learn how to mount it properly without damaging the roof. Thanks Again!
 
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Old 06-15-11, 02:41 PM
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The better the tools, the longer the life......possibly yours, too. Good luck.
 
 

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