Tuesday, April 20, 2010

East Overhang Ladder

Yesterday was a total waste. I spent the whole day trying to figure out how I was going to build my roof overhangs without hanging way over the edge to do it. I am not really all that fond of high heights. I actually built one of my ladder overhangs on the ground yesterday with a plan of hoisting it up and somehow putting it in place. Well I tried it, but when I got one end up to reaching distance, I started wondering what I was going to do with it now. It ended up being alot bigger and more awkward than it looked on the ground. By the end of the day yesterday, I had thoughts of hiring someone to put the rest of the roof on for me, but I kinda thought that, that would be like giving up. So I decided there must be a way to do this. This morning, after a little thought I decided to try something different. I connected the two outside pieces to the 90 degree angle they should be at and braced it with a 16 foot 2x4. Then I pulled it up to where I could get at it all. Then I nailed all my 4 foot ladder pieces in then slid the whole thing out to its 2 foot overhang and nailed all the other ends to the first rafter. Everything just seemed to fall into place. I did have a couple of 2x4 temporary runners for the whole thing to sit on as I slid it out. It was alot of playing around, but I got it built eventually. The other end is going to be just a little bit more tricky, because I don't have quite as much loft area to work on.
Sometimes I wonder how I let my little old shack get so big and tall. It'll all be good once it is done though.

So there it is. Thats all I've got done in the last two days is one end overhang, and it still needs a little touching up. But I am satisfied. The day went good, it just takes awhile to do all this with a one man army. Mom came out today. It was kinda nice to have someone there just incase something went wrong. Probably going to town in the morning for the tin for the roof. It's supposed to be windy according to the forcast, so I might as well be doing the town things I guess. I'm not real sure how I plan to get around on this roof when things are all done. Rock climbing gear? lol. If I knew exactly where things are going to go, such as the chimney and drain vent etc, I would probably install it as I went. But I'm not sure, and I just want to get it covered before the major rains comes. I am planning to put solar panels up there eventually too.


  1. Hey Mark;
    Damn You do good work. That little shack seems like a hotel. You gonna rent rooms? I didn't know I was gone that long.Need to read your past progress. Keep at it.

    See Ya

  2. Amazing you are doing the work that four of us used to do. Just be careful, be very careful, I have witnessed what falling from that height can do to the body and it ain't pretty. I strongly urge you to get yourself a safety harness and use it at all times. One fall can equal four or five months in a cast or worse, it ain't worth it.

  3. That's one hellova troop. :) I can't imagine doing something like that myself. I have to agree with Bob from Athens, a safety harness sounds like the way to go… and someone there to get you help if you need it.
    Don't forget, Rome wasn't built in a day. :))

  4. Thanks Tony. It's not as big as it looks, the door is'nt cut out to it's full size, thats all. lol. 16x24x about 30.

  5. Thanks Bob. I have had a safety harness on my mind. Believe me, I hav'nt been getting overly brave up there. I'm going to take a look around in town when I get there for some goodies.

  6. Thanks Sprouting Acorn. Working alone is tough at times and pretty slow most of time but I don't mind it usually. I am going to get a harness for when I start crawling around up top. I don't think I could force myself to go up there without it.