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Old 01-04-2006, 11:44 PM   #1
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up on the roof

A member of the local WBCCI unit used this set up to aid in the installation of a fantastic fan.

A piece of plywood is on top to provide a platform.

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Looks like an easy and safe set up for getting on top.

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Old 01-05-2006, 06:47 AM   #2
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That looks like a good idea, we have been looking into ideas about how to work on top. I'm sorry but all the guys that had stated you can just walk around up there that does not work. My husband attempted to climb up there and it just didnt seem sturdy enough plus we were not wanting to cause any damage.


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Old 01-05-2006, 06:52 AM   #3
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Up on the roof

I have done extensive cleaning on my roof. but I am a little large and caused several cauking seams to separate due to flexing. I will use several pieceses of plywood on my next roof walk.

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Old 01-05-2006, 08:32 AM   #4
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Make a Square Plywood Donut

For installation of my Fantastic Vent, I took a 4'x4' piece of 1/2 inch plywood, cut a 20"x20" hole in the middle and covered the whole thing in carpet underlayment so it doesn't scratch the aluminum. It spanned the ribs of the roof and safely distributed my weight. It also allowed access to all sides of the vent to ease installation.

To get to the roof, just lean a ladder against the Zip-Dee awning housing. I placed an old blanket over the awning housing to make sure the ladder didn't scratch it.

Good Luck!

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Old 01-05-2006, 10:37 AM   #5
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Little Giant

Looks like a Little Giant ladder. Home Depot has an exact duplicate made in China (LG's patent expired) for $200 for the big one and $100 for the small. This looks like a big one. I have one; very handy. never thought of this; good idea.
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Old 01-05-2006, 08:18 PM   #6
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I do agree that there are a lot of interesting ways that the top of an AS can be accessed. I think how one choses to do it would depend on the nature of the task and how heavy they are.

I installed 3 new Fantastic fans on top of my 1973 31' AS. I also weighed in at about 240lbs at that time (have lost some weight since then). I found that as long as I was carefull where I put my weight I could work up there just fine with some soft rubber knee pads. Just make sure you put your knees on or near the body ribs and you will be fine. You can easily find the ribs by looking at the rivet pattern. Also I just pushed with my hand to see how stiff things were before I placed my knee in a given spot.

Also make sure you wear shoes that wont scratch the aluminum. I have a pair of Lands End slip ons that have been awsome for working on the AS. They are completetly waterproof and extremely durable. They also sell for around $30 which is a bargin in my book considering what I have put mine through (and they are still going strong). Check out the following at Lands End. I bought mine a while back and these new ones seem a little different - maybe better. I think you might be able to buy them at Sears stores now too.,,1_...11196715112620

I have a folding metal ladder that I used to climb up. I used some pieces of foam pipe insulation to wrap around the top part of my ladder legs (one piece for each side). That way I could move the ladder any where I wanted without having to move my padding first.


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