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I need to go roof walking............any thoughts or advice?

Discussion in 'Roofing and Guttering' started by Slime, 27 Dec 2011.

  1. Slime

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    Hi guys,
    I have a problem with my TV reception & I'm convinced it's where the cable goes into the mast's junction box. Problem is that my house is just a few feet from next door's house so that I would be faced with a 30' near vertical ladder climb! Not for me.

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    So, I was thinking, I could possibly sort the problem if I got to it from the roof. Getting onto the roof would be easy, but, what about walking about on it? It's covered in tiles, you know, the sort that becomes covered in lumps of moss.
    Is it safe to walk on and how's that best done?

    Thanks in advance,

    Slime.

    P.S. Sorry if this shouldn't be in this forum, please move if appropriate.
     
  2. Maxsys

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    Get someone in before you kill yourself, if you don't fancy the climb up the ladder you won't fancy being on the roof either!!
     
  3. masona

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    Have done it a few times as I'm okay with height but with all the safely gear, trust me it will feel difference up there and I also would not recommend walking on the roof, let alone the brackets are too far out to reach for comfortable working, as mentioned get the expert in, a small price to pay for your safely. Check all connections below first and make sure the cable earth surrounding is not touching the solid copper wire, the most common problem is water or snapped off in the juction box outside
     
  4. stevethejoiner

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    It is a shame you didn't post this question before the 25th as there was a bloke visiting your area in the early hours, and if you sent a note up your chimney with your problem he could have done the job for you.
    :D
    Happy new year.
     
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    maxsy and masona have offered sound advice. FWIW, getting on and off a roof is the most dangerous part of roofing. Everything about working at height is only for experienced , or perhaps v. confident, people( at least two) with the correct ( tied-in ) equipment.

    Working in a stand-off position from an elevation requires a tower.
     
  6. Slime

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    I thought about that, but, the cost of building a chimney was slightly prohibitive :eek: .

    Slime.
     
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    Look what happen to Rod Hull!!

    Andy
     
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    the cable has come away from the pole so someone has to go up there, get a tv man in to do it as he knows what he is doing, and if he falls off you will not feel a thing.
     
  9. Slime

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    Stood outside my house this morning, looking up to survey the damage.
    It was pretty windy & I was thinking 'shall I do it, can I do it?'
    I thought long & hard and just as it started raining I thought '*******s! I'm going to do it'!
    So I did it.....................I phoned an aerial repair man!
    He's just finished, about 10 minutes ago. Took him about an hour but I've now got a new aerial, new coax cable & loads of Freeview channels! Signal strength for most channels is showing over 80%.
    It cost me £75, less than his estimate, and no broken bones.
    Moral of the story........don't be a twat, get someone in who knows what they're doing.
    I might have managed it, but then again, I might be in a wheelchair or wearing several plaster casts!
    Thanks for all your thoughts guys,
    all the best,

    Slime.

    P.S. What did happen to Rod Hull?
     
  10. Hugh Jaleak

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    Rod Hull fell off his roof whilst trying to adjust the TV aerial to get a better reception. He sustained a fractured skull and severe chest injuries, and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

    Tragic end to a guy that provided entertainment to many. I will never forget Emu taking a dislike to Michael Parkinson..... :LOL:
     
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    Now I understand.......good shout.

    Slime.
     
  12. Maxsys

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    Good man,glad you got it sorted and did not risk your own life, it's just not worth it
     
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    That`s pretty good for Surrey prices ;)
     
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