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Old 12-13-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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I have to fix the fan and skylight on my caravel....i was going to put a padded ladder against the wall,,,but being 230lbs. I`m a bit concerned of denting the wall,,,,and once on the roof how how strong is it,,,if i move towards the middle isn`t there a big chance of denting the roof,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks keith
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:09 PM   #2
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Get a ladder tall enough to rest against the awning.

Cut 2 or 3 pieces of ply wood about 2 to 3 sqft and use them on the roof to distribute your weight.

This system works on my classic and I am 260 lbs.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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I have to fix the fan and skylight on my caravel....i was going to put a padded ladder against the wall,,,but being 230lbs. I`m a bit concerned of denting the wall,,,,and once on the roof how how strong is it,,,if i move towards the middle isn`t there a big chance of denting the roof,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks keith
You can walk, "notrun or jump" on the roof.

Just don't go forward or rearward of the awning rail.

Our shop foreman weighs 260. How doesn't cause any roof damage.

All you need to do is wear rubber soled shoes, and stay off the roof if it is damp or wet. Other than that, you won't hurt a thing.

The fabrication of gadgets, gimmicks and equipment that some owners use, to get on the roof, is totally unnecessary.

Place a padded ladder against the drip cap of a side window, and simply get up on the roof.

After 43 plus years, I have yet to see any roof damaged by someone walking on them. And, I see many many roofs.

Andy
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:59 PM   #4
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Look for the rivet lines and try to keep your plywood covering 2 at a time. Dave
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thanks rebee,,,,,,,,i don`t have an awning,,,,but the plywood is a good idea..........thanks keith
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Thanks andy,,,you are a great help,,this is what makes this site so good,,there are so many people willing to help,,,,,,,thanks ,,,,,keith
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Keith,

With a straight ladder it's a good idea to pad the areas that contact the shell. I've also seen people strap a padded 2"x 4" across the face of the ladder where it makes contact with the shell to help distribute the load.

We walk the rib lines when moving around on the roof. Since most of my work involves working from the knees I use some padded 16"-ish squares of 1/4" masonite for knee boards. The padding is for my knees and it also helps keep tools, fasteners and such from sliding around

Just make sure you stay off the end caps and take your time.

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