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Re: Roof ladder fab. (pics)

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Billy NY

07-22-2013 11:47:24

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Looks like there's a reason, chimney, roof etc., looks like a giant rodent was gnawing on the block and clay flue tile LOL ! The only thing that would concern me is if you laid the ladder flat, and used it as a pick or its in the section,(as if it were a beam) where it could possibly buckle if placed at a wide angle with only the ends bearing on the ground and the structure, not sure what the splice will allow, but for the job specific purpose like often times is the case, mother necessity becomes creativity, would work for me. I see ladders often enough on CL, hit or miss on good prices etc. and listings but its a fairly common item often times very reasonable, but nothing was available, and it was badly needed seems to be a logical solution.

Like the safety railing, and technically there should be osha approved plank, pre-engineered pick or what have you, I still thought 2" spruce was always fine, as long as its cut for the purpose, not cracked or weathered too much. we used to sell units of it at the lumber yard. 2 together would load a small car on a flatbed. Toe boards are also something to consider, at home, small residential job, not such a big deal, just keep people away down below when working, it helps keep something from dropping off the edge, gives ones foot a reference point of the edge, and its a requirement on big jobs. Just the railing alone is a big help though, most importantly, that is something I don't like to skip.

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Brad Buchanan

07-23-2013 07:26:09

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 Re: Roof ladder fab. (pics) in reply to Billy NY, 07-22-2013 11:47:24  
Hey Billy.

I designed the splice to be about 4 times stronger than the rest of the ladder. That being said I do not use this type of ladder for climbing. all my regular ladders are fiberglass 1A type.

As for the decking on the scaffold it is a mixture of osha planks, aluminum walkboards, and some #1 southern yellow pine planks that we tested to 800 lbs on each side.

I have never had railings on scaffold before but I like them now that they are up.


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Billy NY

07-23-2013 09:41:23

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 Re: Roof ladder fab. (pics) in reply to Brad Buchanan, 07-23-2013 07:26:09  
I think above and beyond anything the safety railings are the most important thing, I have a lot of pipe scaffold and have worked without, but often times put another tier on for the same purpose, its just a much better feeling, to have that railing.

I use 6x6's, though heavy, then 3/4 plywood if I don't want to deal with planks, its way overkill and darned heavy but it does make a nice non deflecting deck, sometimes I really need that too, some of the pipe scaffold and plank I have been on and those plank bend, gives ya the creeps LOL !

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