Do I just need a ladder standoff for this? Or something else?

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  1. AVR2

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    I've run a network cable from the living room to an upstairs bedroom up the front wall of the house. When I drilled the upstairs hole, I discovered that it came out in the strip of serrated soft black material (sorry, don't know what it's properly called) that covers the join between the porch roof and the front wall and pushed it slightly outwards (see pic).

    I'd like to get up there to cut a relief in the material where the cable emerges so I can push it back flat against the wall, but I obviously can't reach it with a ladder set against the front wall, and I've got to get past the porch guttering.

    Do I just need a ladder standoff so I can lean the ladder against the porch roof tiles?
     

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  3. blup

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    Strictly speaking the angle is too shallow for a ladder to be placed safely, but you might get away with removing the guttering and laying the ladder on the tiles provided you have something heavy enough to stop the feet slipping at the base. It's risky though.

    Even when you push back the lead flashing damp or water might still get in as there will be a small gap.

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    So how would a professional access that area, out of interest? Use a ladder, but with a proper fixing at the base to ensure it wouldn't slide?
     
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    Bags of gravel, someone at the base, tying it in somehow, or just risk it.

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    Roof ladder....
     
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    Don't bother trying to get on the roof! just tap it flat with a length of timber.
    With that sort of luck I'd start putting money on the lottery (y)
     
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    Get the wife to stand on the bottom run. (y)

    Andy
     
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    What ever - do not cut the 'material' - the lead flashing. Just let the cable emerge down some way along the lead, before going up. Otherwise known as a drip loop, so rain running down the cable drains away, rather than following the cable under the flashing.

    Cables draped anywhere look absolutely awful, could you not have found an hidden route to run the cable?
     
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    The cable has already emerged. And it's angled down, not up. As seen in the photo. There's a drip loop at the bottom where it enters the living room just above skirting-board level.

    If there had been a hidden route, I would have taken it.

    If you're looking at the front of the house, the cable had to go from the bottom-right room (where the fibre enters the house) to the top-left room. And unless you're actually looking for it, the cable is barely noticeable. The slope of the porch roof hides it perfectly. It only stands out against the brickwork for a horizontal run of about three bricks since I was able to utilise the black drainpipe to hide its vertical run. The photo does not represent how the cable actually looks now that it's been properly routed and secured.
     
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    Luck? In what way? Sorry, don't get the point you're making.
     
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    I think he was suggesting you were either lucky to have it emerge where it did, it a weather protected location, or very unlucky.
     
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    Yes to have it come out under the protection of the lead flashing and high up enough not to interfere with the soaker is ideal.
     
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