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Old 02-12-2008, 06:17 AM  
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I agree with toolguy. Most ladders are not rated to be used at an angle like that. When I worked on my 12-12 roof, I found the hardest thing was to get comfortable and move around so I could get the work done. I bought a roof climb safety kit(rope & harness) for about $150 so I could at least feel safe when I did move around.



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Old 02-12-2008, 11:59 AM  
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Where did you buy that harness? I was thinking about visiting mountain-climbing equipment store, but I heard those places are way too expensive.
I know my wife would not mind to get my life insurance, but I think she prefers me alive Someone needs to take out the trash and fix stuff around the house



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I seen them at a specialized ladder and scaffolding store.

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Old 02-13-2008, 05:48 AM  
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I don't remember exactly where I got it on the internet but this is one similar to it:

http://www.northernsafety.com/cart/cart.cfm?PROD_NUM=165%2D10009%2001&ACTION=01&PFM=F PP

Mine came in a kit with 150 feet of rope and an attachment for the rope end. I also did buy some rope climbers from a climbing place so I could easily move around.

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http://www.jumpnpuddles.com/shop/pc/Black-haired-boy-Marionette-598p4747.htm


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I also have a steep roof as well and know I have to re-shingle it. I was thinking of doing it myself if I get enough nerve up! Funny, I'm scared to get on my roof, but can fight fires (vol here in VT) on a 75' ladder, attached by a big hook to it and step on a roof in the middle of winter with a chain saw. I guess it is the whole, if I fall off my roof, I will be in pain. If I fall off the 75' ladder, I could die, so I won't be in pain. :-)

I found out it will cost roughly $2500 to re-shingle the roof if I do it, or pony up $5k to have someone else deal. I may just pay and not go on vaca!

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LOL ... while I've never fallen while wearing one of these harnesses, I did test it out and let me tell you, if your a male, it's not very comfortable. I think I would have rather fallen ...LOL

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You know I did the same thing with mine, but the package on mine said to get a new arresting part(the springy lookin thing) if you had fallen with it.
The new ones I guess depend on what you buy.
But it does hurt...bunches you up and you have to wait for someone to get you the ladder.

Next time I trust they work. No more tests

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Old 02-14-2008, 05:38 AM  
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Mine came with a throat spray kit to tighten your vocal chords after a fall...

But seriously, I wouldn't want to free fall 10 feet in that thing. I kept adjusting my rope so that it only would be a short distance.



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