Roof Anchors

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by BeachysLawn, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. BeachysLawn

    BeachysLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 271

    I'm looking for input on using roof anchors and harness for some fall protection. I did find a thread where it was referenced that CD likes to use harnesses to hang their lights but that was about it.

    We use chicken ladders for gable work and just an extension or little giant ladder for most everything else but there is the periodic house that simply is terrifying to get up on. This one we had last year, the 40' ladder barely made it over the eaves on the front of the house. (before you ask, we did the roof lighting and the homeowner did all the other crap :hammerhead: )


    Anyway, I've been talking to a friend who owns a roofing company and he told me to remove a ridge cap and fasten the anchor under there and then remove it and replace the ridge cap. I will do that if needed, but how do you guys who use harnesses anchor yourself to the roof?

  2. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 569

    looks like you could use the chimney on that particular one.
  3. BeachysLawn

    BeachysLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 271

    I could use the chimney on that one but most of my homes don't have that option. I figured SOMEBODY on here would have some input on how to fasten the temporary roof anchor. Anybody?
  4. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    I have done some roofing but never used harness but also none of them were very steep. I would advise against using the chimney as an anchor point. Because it could give or break and ur harness is useless and you have a 400lb brick falling off the roof. I would either do what your buddy suggested or go to the opposite side of the house and tie rope to a large tree and vehicle and then bring it over roof and down and tie it to tree or vehicle and then use this as your main line and use an ascender and clip in to that.
    Posted via Mobile Device
  5. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    DO NOT tie off to a vehicle.....lest someone hop in and drive away, dragging you off the roof.....before you laugh, it has happened...

    I would not remove the ridge or drill into someones roof. you are just asking to be blamed for any and all future problems that arise.

    Chimney's can be used to tie off but only if you are certain they are usually not recommended.

    Tie off to the back deck has been done by some (just not the handrail) tie off to the support column.

    A second man on the roof to hold the rope, the object here is that he probably wont catch you when you fall but stop you from actually falling....

    As far as the anchor, I have 3 of them brand new in plastic that I have not figured out how to use since I started doing this.....
  6. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    or invest in hook ladders......
  7. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    we use a 2nd guy on the roof and a rope and harness. The point is to keep the other guy from slipping. most roof anchors were never meant to be used every year, year after year, as they all have very specific instructions about using 10-18 screws. you do a home for 3 or 4 years, you are going to have to put the anchor in roughly the same spot each year. the roof will leak. period.
  8. Birchwood

    Birchwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    We put the large guy at the top, myself, and the smaller guy at the edge about 125 pounds wet. You let out rope as he goes more to give him a little less effect of gravity, best way I can explain it. Sometimes we throw the rope all the way over the roof and hold from the ground.

Share This Page