2 Safety Tips to Remember when Replacing a Chimney Cap
There are a few safety tips to remember when installing a chimney cap. But we will try to go over as many as possible to keep you safe while doing this repair or installation.
Preparing for the Installation
Before you start with the installation it is very important to read all your instructions that are included with your chimney cap kit. Make sure you have all the parts that are supposed to be in the kit.
Where is your chimney located and how tall is it? If your roof is flat you may able to walk on where the chimney is. Regardless how easy it is to get to, you always must have someone with you to hold the ladder and watch out for you. If your chimney is too tall or in a place that is not easy to get to you can always hire a professional to install the chimney cap. Find out what type of ladder you will need to get to the chimney. You may need 2 of them, one for the ground and one for the roof. If you have a gabled roof you may have to use a hook over ladder, a ladder that hooks over the roof and lets you climb up the side.
It would be a good idea to have a safety harness to use like an arborer uses to harness yourself to the chimney while you are working. This would prevent a fall. Have a container or tool belt to have all your tools and parts in. It would be best to have a rope and bucket to pull up your parts and tools with rather than climb with them on.
If the roof is very steep at the point around the chimney you should use a roof jack. This is are hooks that are hammered into the roof and hold planks that you can stand on safely while doing the repairs. It is also a good place to put all your tools and parts while working.
After you have accessed the ladders and tools you need get your helper and get ready to work.
Doing the Installation
Climbing the ladder you should be unencumbered by swinging hammers or lose clothing that can catch on the ladder edges or the roof. You should also wear a hat to protect your eyes from the sun and keep your head cooler. Even on a cool day a roof can capture heat that you don't feel on the ground. After you are on the roof at the point of repair or installation, make sure you are secured someway with the safety harness or a tie off line. Be very careful about power lines. Be aware of where they are at all times around you. Also antenna or satellite dishes. Make sure your buddy is around to keep a watch on you while you are there. Another place that is good to put roof jacks on a steep sloping roof is at the edge. This will prevent tools dropped from rolling off the roof as well as yourself if a fall should occur.
A chimney cap is a fairly easy installation, however, if you have any questions or concerns please contact a professional or someone with experience to be sure.