Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

How To Install And Use A Fall Restraint Safety Harness For Working On Your Home's Roof

by Edgar Cruz

If you need to climb up on your home's roof to replace some damaged shingles or flashing, then it is vital you wear a fall restraining safety harness. You can purchase the harness and its required attachment bracket at any hardware store that sells roofing supplies. To install the bracket and use your harness in a safe manner, follow this procedure:

Step 1: Find a Suitable Attachment Point for the Bracket

The bracket for your safety harness needs to be attached along the roof's ridge line and should be located as near to the center of the roof as possible to allow you the ability to access the entire roof without running short of your safety line.

Step 2: Attach the Bracket Securely to the Roof

To attach the bracket to your chosen location, place the bracket across the ridge and drive in roofing-approved spikes using a hammer. The spikes should be long enough to go through the roof and go at least a couple inches into the underlying timber.

Step 3: Test the Attachment Bracket to Ensure Its Secure

Once the bracket is in place, then you need to attach your harness's safety line to it. However, before you rely on the bracket's integrity, first, you need to test it out. Attach the line and then tug and pull on it very firmly to ensure it doesn't move at all. If the bracket doesn't move then it's okay to use. If the bracket does move, then you need to remove it and reattach it in a new spot.

Step 4: Remove the Attachment Bracket when You are Finished Working

When you are finished working on your roof, then you need to remove the attachment bracket you installed. While you may be tempted to leave it in place, this isn't advisable because it could cause your roof to leak and because the spikes can work themselves out of the timber by the next time you want to use it.

To remove the bracket, use a crowbar with a hammer to pull out the spikes. While working, make sure you don't let your body weight get too far off of center where you become off balance and could fall as the spikes come loose from the roof. Using a hammer and crowbar, rather than just a crowbar will make this process a lot safer.

Step 5: Patch the Spike Holes Left When You Remove the Bracket

In conclusion, you need to patch the holes left by the spikes you used to attach the bracket. They should be sealed using a roofing-approved sealant. The sealant will prevent moisture from getting into the holes you made and prevent the timbers from becoming rotted.

Remember, if you are nervous about the inherent risks involved with roof repair, you can always work with a local roofing company like JC Roofing & Insulating.


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!