Metal ladders, metal roof don't mix LOL.
Posted September 29, 2010 - 06:57 PM
In all honesty they are calling for all this rain and flooding conditions so I wanted to clean the gutters out so the water runs away from the house a little better. We have a patio roof at the back of the house which is a metal roof. I used my aluminum extension ladder which doesn't have rubber feet. Not thinking and got up onto the porch roof and then pulled the ladder up onto the porch roof so I could get up onto the 2nd story roof.
Climbed up onto the roof and I am not a big heights person when it comes to being on a roof. I got as close as I could to try and get the stuff out of the first drain but I just couldn't reach as far as I needed to and still be comfortable. So I had my wife toss up a little garden shovel, problem is the first one went on the other lower roof LOL. So she grabbed a second one and I told her to just put it on the porch roof and that I would climb down and get it.
I no sooner got to the edge of the roof and turned around and went to put my left foot on the ladder and she went out from under me and I fell. Happened so quick I don't know what all I hit when I hit the porch roof. I got a pretty good scrape and gouge in my left thigh/knee and my right shin is banged up. The longer I am sitting still I can feel other aches and I am sure I won't feel good tomorrow.
I had my wife take a pic of my left leg. It isn't too gruesome since I'm not missing any limbs.
I think I might deserve the Darwin award considering I knew better, just didn't think of it at the time.
Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:03 PM
Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:04 PM
Glad you didn't break anything.
Hope you heal up soon.
Your very fortunate! Could have been much worse....
Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:10 PM
Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:50 PM
Ladders a certainly nothing to take lightly. As I get older and heavier, I like being on them less and less.
When I was in the volunteer fire dept, we would extend the ladder straight up and climb it up and over and down the other side. No more of that.
Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:17 PM
On the plus side, Scrap aluminum is up...
Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:32 PM
I know that scrape hurts!
Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:56 PM
Posted September 30, 2010 - 04:40 AM
Posted September 30, 2010 - 06:27 AM
A little sore maybe but at least not to serious of injures.
I used to climb 70 -80 foot silos in my younger days like nothing.
Not today anymore.
Posted September 30, 2010 - 07:40 AM
Glad your reasonably OK.
Posted September 30, 2010 - 07:41 AM
Posted September 30, 2010 - 08:01 AM
Posted September 30, 2010 - 03:08 PM
Posted September 30, 2010 - 09:44 PM
btw, i was doin roof work last weekend to finish the tractor shed.