So today I found myself in a precarious situation atop a high pitched metal roof ----
In the morning light I stood my 17’ ladder up against the storm gutter (no other option) and scaled to the top sidestepping around the top of the ladder and onto a 5V crimp metal roof. Having strategically placed my ladder near the roof valley, I continued my ascent to the top of the roof without hesitation. — No Problem —
Coming down I realized that I had made a few crucial errors in judgement/ planning.
Having already soaked my boots from the morning dew, I had forgotten that my new footwear was now deck shoes - nuff said
Placement of the ladder seemed appropriate at first, but the 30" extension above the roof eave made it impossible to step over top of ladder and onto the rung
Roof was steeper coming down then going up - I swear
Stepping off a ladder onto a roof is a lot easier than stepping off a roof onto a ladder.
So there I am on all fours, butt to the ladder, with the whole world (purchaser & agent) pointing and whispering from their safe haven on the ground. Every attempt that I made to lift a foot and reach for the step was met with the agonizing realization that I was going to take out the gutter on my free fall to earth.
Note to self: “You lose Normal Force (friction) when the surface area is reduced.” (i.e. When you lift a foot, you lose footing.)
Well anyway - I was considering a controlled jump as opposed to a slip and splat type of thing. Problem is/was, it was a little high for me.
So anyway, I’m still up here on the roof if anyone is nearby and wants to lend a hand. J/K, I made it down eventually ---- But it was a close call!
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