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Re: Steel roofs, little long

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06-24-2014 10:52:55

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U guys are great! I knew I'd get a few ideas but I got several. I'm planning on making my own designed ladder from pressure treated wood, using 2X2 for side rails & 1X3's for steps. How does that sound?
I'm 68 years old & cut & split all my own wood for 43 years!
Thanks! Bobkatz

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Stan in Oly, WA

06-25-2014 09:10:20

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 Re: Steel roofs, little long in reply to bobcatz, 06-24-2014 10:52:55  
Hi bobcatz;

I'm also 68 and have done the equivalent of splitting my own firewood for about that long (for instance, yesterday a friend and I mixed and poured concrete all day, then I had to go to the materials supplier to get another 1/2 yard of gravel for today's pour, which I unloaded with a shovel before I could go home). I look like I'm in good shape, but the work has taken its toll. I toss and turn all night from shoulder and hip pain unless I take so much ibuprofen that it makes my ears ring (literally). If I had it to do again, I'd do something else.


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Russ from MN

06-24-2014 16:04:51

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 Re: Steel roofs, little long in reply to bobcatz, 06-24-2014 10:52:55  
Sounds a little flimsy! But I don't know how big you are. If you weigh 130 it might be OK, but if you weigh 300 no way!

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06-24-2014 15:28:15

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 Re: Steel roofs, little long in reply to bobcatz, 06-24-2014 10:52:55  
I agree, more toe room, also more hand room.

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06-24-2014 14:37:55

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 Re: Steel roofs, little long in reply to bobcatz, 06-24-2014 10:52:55  
A little more toe room would be better, I used 1x4 rails. Bevel rip your treads to match your pitch makes it much more comfortable.

You're not much older than I am Bob, and see no reason to slow down anytime soon. Major change I've made over the years is to stop chasing money and do what I want.

My ladder was built so I could install that copper. On my shop roof, the stovepipe only gets cleaned yearly, very little creosote even then. Dry wood, hot fire, you know the drill.

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George Marsh

06-24-2014 13:47:28

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 Re: Steel roofs, little long in reply to bobcatz, 06-24-2014 10:52:55  
Dr asked me what I'm allergic to? I told him pain and gravity. Getting on a slippery roof you too may find out about pain and gravity.
Be safe.

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