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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Why Your Safety Is At Risk When You Try To Handle Your Own Roof Repairs

by Mike Brewer

It's easy for many homeowners to think that they can safely and easily handle their own roofing repairs when their home is simply missing some shingles or tiles, but this work is always best left to a professional. Not only will they typically do a better job with the repairs themselves, but a person's safety is at risk when they try to climb onto their home's roof. Consider why this is and why falls from ladders and roofs are so common even with the most surefooted homeowner.

1. Ladders need to be at a certain incline to be safe

When placing a ladder against a building, it actually needs to be set at a certain angle or incline to be safe. If it's too far away from the home at its base, it's likely to slip out from underneath you. If it's too straight, it's likely to fall away from the home at the top. A professional contractor, such as Dean & Dunn Roofing LLC, is taught the right incline at which to set a ladder so that weight is distributed evenly and it's safe for climbing.

2. Ladders need to extend past the roofline to be safe

Transferring from the roof to the ladder and back again is very dangerous, mostly because homeowners don't realize how far past the roofline the ladder needs to extend to be safe. The top three rungs are not safe for climbing or using for transfer, and not extending the ladder properly can cause it to fall away from the home.

3. Hauling tools up a ladder can cause a fall

Climbing a ladder yourself is risky enough but when you need to bring tools with you, this increases your risk of a fall. Many homeowners simply haul their tools up in a toolbox, not realizing how this throws off their balance and not realizing how difficult it is to climb a ladder without both hands free. A professional contractor will know better than to pull tools up a ladder and will ensure they're hauled up in a bucket that is secured to the chimney or other solid point on your roof.

4. Failing to secure yourself or your tools on the roof is dangerous to everyone

A roof is often more slippery than most homeowners realize, due to its slope and the slickness of shingles. Professionals will know how to secure themselves and their tools to the chimney or another point, using strong harnesses. This keeps them from falling and also protects those on the ground from being injured by falling tools and other materials.

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