How to Turn a Selfie into a “Roofie”

David Gebert - Fort Wayne, IndianaDavid Gebert - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Today’s Home Inspector members are always looking for ways to keep a perspective!

Let’s watch Michael Schojer show you how to walk a tile roof. Michael was born and raised in Hagen, Germany. As a young man, he studied for three years as an apprentice at the Lorenz Burmann Roofing School. He was trained by Master Craftsmen in all aspects of roofing and sheet metal. He graduated as a certified roofer in 1981.

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Scot Baker of Baker Inspection Group says the neighbors back yard looked like a scene from the Walking Dead.

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Devine Inspections

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Stay Safe! with these ladder safety tips from ASHI.

Ladder safety starts with good habits and practices. Each inspector has his or her own routine, but here are some practices I’ve adopted that might be of help to you:

  • Maintenance: Good practices start with maintaining your ladders. Once a month, I pull out my ladders and clean them. This is especially important for my telescoping ladder. I’ve found that grit and dust will cause the legs to bind. In addition to cleaning, I lube the legs so they slide and lock easily. Part of the examination includes extending the ladder, testing the locks, looking for damage and checking the condition of the feet.
  • When you arrive: As part of my normal on-site routine, I walk around the home at least twice. This allows me to identify the best place to get on the roof. Inside corners are desirable, but obviously the shorter the distance, the better.
  • On the level: I look for a level surface with no overhead obstructions. If that is not possible, ladder manufacturers offer “leg levelers.” Some inspectors will add blocks on the downhill foot, but if you think about the amount of pressure on the legs, blocks or wedges, you realize this can be a risky proposition. A better option is to dig out the ground on the uphill foot (if you can do so without damaging the landscaping).
  • What’s underfoot?: The traction of the surface you are placing your ladder on is important: Composite decks, painted concrete or snow-covered surfaces are known to be slippery. I carry a rubber mat to place on these surfaces. I also have been known to take the door mat from the home and use that. The thicker the mat, the better it seems to work. I will also reduce the angle slightly to add to the down-force on the feet.
  • Check and double-check: Before I mount my ladder, I always take a step back and do a double-check. I review the angle, check the locks, look at the feet, etc. Every once in a while, I catch a lock that didn’t engage or find the feet of the ladder are not solid. This also gives me time to focus and put me into “climbing mode.”

  • Stay on center: I will be the first to admit that when I have my ladder up only a short distance, I am more likely to extend my reach off center. However, when I am higher, I rarely move my body outside of the ladder rails even if I have someone footing the ladder.

  • When to tie off: If you have to extend your ladder above the second floor, I recommend tying it to a gutter spike. I have a short bungee cord I use for this. If it’s a windy day, I will use the bungee cord regardless of the height.
  • Stepping on the roof or not: Before I step onto a roof, I do a quick survey of the pitch, material type and surface condition. Many times, a roof that looks walkable from the ground is much more challenging when viewed from the gutter line or when you’re calculating how you will safely transition from your ladder to the roof pitch. I also recommend having at least three points of contact with the ladder or the roof.
  • Returning to the ladder: When I go to remount the ladder, I grab the ladder rail with one hand, extend a leg to a rung below the gutter, transfer my weight to the ladder and then, with my opposite hand, grab the gutter adjacent to the ladder rail. Inspectors will have a technique that works best for them. This works for me, in part, because it keeps the ladder from moving too much.

  • No conversations during descent: Often, clients will want to know the condition of the roof even before you get to the ground. It’s important that you don’t let their questions distract you from descending the ladder.
  • When carrying gets risky: A surprising number of injuries occur from carrying, raising or lowering ladders. Ladders can be awkward to carry and even more difficult to move around when they are raised. Most inspectors I know are comfortable doing this, but we all get caught in an awkward position because of obstructions or that gust of wind at the wrong moment. If you buy a new extension ladder, it’s a good idea to mark the balance point on all sides. Practice carrying, raising and lowering, learning how to walk with the ladder and having a plan for what you’re going to do if you lose control are critical to preventing an accident.
  • To leapfrog or not: I am not an advocate of leapfrogging to get onto a second story roof. Yes, I have pulled my ladder up to a porch roof and then ascended to the next roof line, but the risk was minimal, and I knew I wasn’t going to damage the surface. I have seen other inspectors do this on pitched roofs, but setting a ladder on an angle minimizes its contact patch and creates greater risk of slip-out.
  • Just say no: After getting several thousand inspections under my tool belt, I have a greater respect for the risks we take. If I cannot safely get my ladder into a good position, then the roof gets inspected from the ground. If I get to the gutter line of the roof and feel uneasy about the climb, I inspect the roof from the gutter line. I have no problem explaining to the client that I won’t walk the roof because I cannot safely access it.

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