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Old 09-20-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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Work Platform for Roof Work

I have been reviewing threads to find a good way to get onto my 1969 Airstream roof for major reworking. I didn't find anything I felt good about that didn't cost a lot of money. At 68 years old and feeling the aches and pains and remembering how bad it is when I fall, I knew I needed a work platform that was wide, safe and stable.

Here's what I came up with: The first photo shows the completed scaffold/platform up against the side of my 69. I used 2X6's for the 12 foot verticals and the 8 foot runners. I realize it could have been 2X4's to cut the weight some. The 12 footers give me a good hand hold when I'm going up and particularly as I'm coming down. I lapped, glued and screwed the 2X6's for a rigid joint (2nd image) and let in 1X5 horizontal bracing-this so I could put a 1X5 diagonal brace flush to prevent racking. You will notice I put the 2X4 bracing for the upright on the outside so the interior stayed open for the platform and ladder. The runners will get curved ends cut in when I move it so it will slide more easily to the next position. Next you can see how my work platform is supported by the scaffold. The weight is carried by the 2X4 and I put a 1X4 up 4- inches on the other side to keep the platform in place. I also attached the platform ends to the scaffolding with 3 inch screws. The platform itself has a sharp tapered bottom with a inch plywood bottom to spread the load over the flimsy roof. This way I'm always sure to be over a rib somewhere. Next I put two sheets of inch ply on top to make a ruffly 4X4 platform. With My Little Giant ladder (which has been a godsend with it's flexibility) extended it is an easy climb to the top and the platform give me room to work and keep a lot of tools close at hand. This rig has proven indispensable in removing the old AC which was a real bitch and could never have been done from a ladder. It will also come in handy as I cover the whole roof (except for the double skylight) with large household solar panels. Since I've killed the AC and will be completely off grid, the panels will play the dual roll of heat shield, keeping most of the suns heat off the roof, and plenty of power to run an almost total electric trailer. I'll be using gas for the range and a small vented catalytic heater only. Even the water heater will be only electric. I also plan to invest in a Sun Frost refrig and LED lighting. I should have plenty of power year round as this will be my permanent home.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:49 PM   #2
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Hey, were did the photo files I attached go? Sorry guys and gals, I'll have to figure out what happened and post them separately.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:54 PM   #3
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Scaffold Photos (I hope)

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Old 09-20-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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The photos don't show. Anybody got an idea why? I selected files to attach and clicked upload, but they don't seem to have materialized.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:26 PM   #5
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Hey, were did the photo files I attached go? Sorry guys and gals, I'll have to figure out what happened and post them separately.
Platforms are a waste of money and time.

They are not needed.

Thousands of owners get on the roof all the time, without any damage.

BUT, do not go forward or rearward of the awning rail. If you do, you will be buying some segments.

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Old 09-20-2014, 07:02 PM   #6
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Here's some help with getting pictures posted

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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...ics-44928.html
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Old 09-20-2014, 09:20 PM   #7
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Platforms are a waste of money and time.

They are not needed.

Thousands of owners get on the roof all the time, without any damage.

Andy,

I disagree with your statement. Did you ever stop to think that maybe damage is not the concern. Maybe minor mobility impairment is. I have had one knee replacement ant need another. Getting from ladder to roof and back again safely is a concern. Concern for damage -yes to me. A platform would give a safe alternative to being able to work on the roof.
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Old 09-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #8
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Platforms are a waste of money and time.

They are not needed.

Thousands of owners get on the roof all the time, without any damage.


Andy,

I disagree with your statement. Did you ever stop to think that maybe damage is not the concern. Maybe minor mobility impairment is. I have had one knee replacement ant need another. Getting from ladder to roof and back again safely is a concern. Concern for damage -yes to me. A platform would give a safe alternative to being able to work on the roof.
Excellent point.

I had not thought of any impairments.

Maybe I am lucky, as I have an artificial left knee, but still get up on the roof, but admittedly, with much more caution.

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Old 11-06-2014, 09:30 AM   #9
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Roofers use that thick foam cushion for nonskid & comfort working on hands and knees!
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Any suggestions for working on the roof while polishing? - I've just completed my first round using F7, but I do not want to scratch it all up walking and kneeling on top.
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One of the neatest solutions I ever saw was so simple. Two box trucks.

Park the Airstream in an open space. Park one box truck on either side - snugly. (Of course this works best if you own two box trucks or know someone else who does.

Lay a couple of 2 x 10's across, and staple, screw or nail a couple of plywood sheets to the 2 x 10's. Walk or crawl anywhere.
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Foiled: That would work great if I had 2 box trucks, and lived in Virginia Beach, not Canada.... Tonight is going to be minus 9 feels like minus16*C (or 16 feels like 3*F) Love the idea though. Simplicity is the best method.
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I cover the area im going to be working on with a canvas tarp or movers blanket. I have cut 5/8" plywood to various widths and long enough to span two ribs. Then i just set the plywood on top of the tarp making sure to overlap a rib on both ends. You can work off the plywood pretty safely. If need be you can set a piece of plywood across and perpendicular to two pieces running forward to back. Replaced my roof vents with that set up and felt safe. I use a "bakers scaffold" with a four foot step ladder on top of the scaffold platform to climb onto and off the plywood on the roof.
Bilateral hip replacement along with very severe, multilevel, inoperable degenerative disc disease. So i feel your pain.....literally. Hope that gives you some ideas. Also a retired carpenter and have lots of scrap plywood to use.

Good luck and for gods sakes be safe up there, and be very deliberate with your movements.....i may be slow but Im stubborn dammit.
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Foiled: That would work great if I had 2 box trucks, and lived in Virginia Beach, not Canada.... Tonight is going to be minus 9 feels like minus16*C (or 16 feels like 3*F) Love the idea though. Simplicity is the best method.
I have a friend who runs a U-Haul (truck rental) place - They always have a few trucks that are aging out - usually real beat up wrecks that sit on the lot waiting for a semi-annual auction. We used to rent them for Christmas storage - parking them behind our retail store. Because they basically blew black smoke and could break down if you breathed heavily on them we got them for a song and drove them less than 10 miles round trip from the dealership. If you've got any rental places in your area, try giving them a call.

Another option is a builders equipment rental store - rent 8 feet of scaffolding for each side. If you're lifting something heavy like an air conditioning unit, you could even rent a "man lift" for one side and raise the AC, then plank across and slide the AC onto the roof. This stuff is expensive BUT... bargains do happen if you work with the supplier who has slack periods where his inventory is just taking up space.
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