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Old 07-10-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Access the roof ???

Need to inspect and work on AC on 1998 31ft Excella Classic. I need to access the unit from above and am concerned about damage. Any suggestions would be helpful. I'm on the north side of x-large so have slender cousin going up! But seriously any suggestions except sky hook would be helpful.

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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A scaffold is your best bet, they can also be rented if you prefer. Once on top I use a small scrap of plywood to distribute my weight over a seam.

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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They say that you can walk on the roof ( not the end panels ) if you stay on the riveted seams. THEY SAY. I don't . I use a ladder on the awning side using an old moving blanket for padding and a piece of plywood ( also padded) to span the section I'm working on. So far no problems. Just doesn't seem wise to me to walk around up there without taking some precautions.
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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From a safety perspective, at Jackson Center any tech doing roof work has to wear a safety harness that has an auto-stop just like a seat belt. Absent the sky hook, scaffolding is the way to go. Plywood that is properly supported will be needed especially if the a/c unit is going to be lifted off and/or removed.
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:27 PM   #5
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I did a lot on the roof.

I found the scaffold + bridge worked best.

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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Accessing the roof

Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions. I ended up using the step ladder approach padded with a sponge knee pad for garden work. Just placed the ladder against the zip-dee and siding at same time with the pad in place. On the roof we threw down a thick blanket and used some vinyl corrigated plastic sheets I had in inventory to spread weight. My AC was the reason for being there and what happened was amazing. 1st of all I needed a new 4 button thermostat and found one on E-bay. Mr. Hendrix is an absolutly great fellow to work with and has many years of experience. I'd recommend him. My cousin is an electrical engineer, I asked him to check out my AC and analyse why it was not coming on and cooling. Ever take your car to the mechanic and it just purrs and purrs never again seeing the problem? Well thats what happened here. What we also found was that the AC cover was about to come off because the plastic was cracked around the 4 screw heads. Just pop riveted some aluminum strips over the existing holes and reinforced the entire cover. We are now good to go. Everythings working swell!

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