Had to go back and do a flat roof inspection after the snow had melted. Had my 26’ ladder up on the side of a row house, I was up about 3/4 of the way when I heard the ladder start scraping the brick. I stopped and noticed that the left foot of the ladder was sinking into the soil. Started back down and it started leaning further over to the left with every move. I was up about 20’, and was able to grab hold of a brick window sill. The whole time I’m think WTF am I going to do now. No one was around, legs and arm were cramping up, brick steps with metal railing on left side to land on. :freaked-::freaked-:
Slowly pulled out my phone and dialed, about 6 minutes later (felt like 30) the fire department showed up, steadied the ladder and I was down and safe.
Prior to this, I called about 10 roofing companies to see if they could do the inspection but all were busy doing storm damage repairs and didn’t have time for a real estate inspection. First time home buyer was calling me 4 or 5 time a day wanting to know when the roof was going to be inspected.
After all this I was sitting in my truck, again calling roofing companies, and noticed a roofing truck turning in front of me and slowing down. I got out of the truck and followed him. He and his crew were working on a roof a block over from where I was. I asked if they could help me out and the foreman said sure. He let me barrow their 32’ ladder and one of his men and I was able to complete my inspection. I had a $100 bill on me and offered to pay him but he would have nothing to do with it. I thanked them both and left.