November 24, 2010

Houston, we have a roof!


I'm a wee bit excited about it, in case you couldn't tell...

We started the days work with Pete getting up on the roof and working on the lookouts, while I cut the wood to size on the ground and passed it up to him.

Originally we thought that the back wall needed to get up in order for us to get the final two roof panels up. With talking to some old timers of the construction trade they gave us to schematics to make what is called a "chicken ladder" which should solve our problem of getting the panels up without a wall. Why is it called a Chicken Ladder? Cause you're too chicken to get on the roof and do the job without one.

I made the ladder out of 2-2x4x16, a few 2x4's and a bunch of little 1x's for the rungs. It took about two hours to get the wood cut to size and screwed into position before it was ready for work.

The idea behind the chicken ladder is that it hooks onto the roof. To get the ladder on the roof required Pete climbing up the purlins with me pushing the ladder from below until it got to the peak, then we could hook it on and place it over an already down roof portion. Once the ladder was in position we could grab the last panel and start our normal process of getting them up on the roof. Instead of walking on the roof purlins like before though, Pete used the chicken ladder to safely screw down the panel.

As expected the last two panels did give us the most trouble. We came the closest to losing one over the back side as Pete pulled it up, those panels are slippery little suckers! I've also never thanked my freakishly long arms more while on the job than I did while putting up the last panel. Because of the slope of the land at the very back of the garage there is about an extra foot or so of height that we have to deal with. To counter that we had to put the ladder on cinder blocks, which made it suspect to instability and was still a little bit lower than I felt comfortable with, as I had to hold the panel up with essentially just my finger tips. When Pete got the first screw in on that panel I was seriously super happy!

How are we getting the ladder off that roof you ask? See the rope? This weekend we're going to pull it over the side and hold our breaths while hoping that it doesn't break. Fingers crossed.


  1. For that last couple of months, My partner and i managed to get although only some associated with posts an individual talk about below, but I discover these while relatively exciting as well as helpful possessions. Just want thank you for that content you may have shared. Respect!

  2. You have done a fantastic employment regarding showing off the benefits, as well as I want to bring that these are not on a your highly well-known websites.

  3. I'd personally exhibit that individuals readers are quite successful to stay in a superb area because there are many attractive those with advantageous issues. I'm really fortunate to get encountered your whole web sites and check to a lot more pleasant time looking through right here. Thank you regarding anything.

  4. Great write-up as always, We're seriously thinking of some thing similar to an affiliate part on my own internet site ­ so reasonable posting.

  5. This was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

  6. Their hard to come by the standard data, however would wish to love a person regarding sharing the high quality facts around.

  7. Great to become traveling to the weblog yet again, many experts have weeks for me. This write-up that will i’ve recently been silently laid pertaining to way too long. I must possess this specific article to total my personal assignment inside the higher education, possesses same subject matter together with your write-up. Thank you, great talk about.

  8. Once the ladder was in position we could grab the last panel and start our normal process of getting them up on the roof, I think you will probably rank higher in the search engines. Good job, and amazing blog dear!

    concrete stain houston

  9. Hey, great job on getting your roof done! I’m glad that the chicken ladder helped you to do the job safely. It seems that you have a metal roof. No wonder it was a little slippery!