I need to drill holes in your wall mrs

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Smurf, Jul 1, 2014.

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  1. Smurf

    Smurf Banned
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    I went to have a look at a gutter clearing job on a wide 2 storey terraced house.

    Front as usual is full of sods but doable by ladder. Back entrance is via an overgrow path with a lot of overhanging tree so would be a pain to get the ladders around the back. That's not the worst of it though as the gutters are full of sods above the conservatory and lean-to which covers almost the full length of the wall. To try using a guttervac would be useless due to the gap between the tiles due to the amount of sods as has never been cleared. I would not be able to access the gutter from either side next door either as one has a pitched roof extension right across the back and the other a large shed in the way with a large canopy that is fixed on the house wall.

    The only option would be to put a ladder up in a narrow gap between the end of the conservatory and fence. It's just about wide enough to fit a normal ladder in. Now my dilemma is my gutter clearing ladder setup I have has a stabiliser bar on the bottom of the ladder so it won't fit in the gap. Instead I will have to use a standard ladder without an ankalad but still use a microlite standoff on the roof tiles for easy access. I don't have a foot the ladder or want anyone footing the ladder when trying to work poling aprox 7m of gutter at that height. As cheapncheerful would say wiggling me stick about but I do have this but means drilling 2 holes in their wall as is safer than just using one strap

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JSxy43fnPA
    I’m not going to risk my neck for a poxy £100 thats for sure:rolleyes:
     
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  2. Smurf

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    I've also spoken with BPS that supplied my combi ladder and they do not recommend that the stabaliser bar is taken off their ladders as I asked if they did a conversion kit to use it as a standard ladder which they said no they don't.
     
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    Im talking to myself again...Oops!:rolleyes:

    But at least I know what my little friend on my shoulder is going to say next.

    Do you? :confused:
     
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    Oi oi smurf. The sky engineer that came round to fit my dish the other day drilled a hole in my wall. I was planning on posting about it but you beat me too it. His setup wasn't as elaborate with ropes/pulleys etc, but he had a webbing strap bolted in my wall. I was tempted to kick off as I think its a **** drilling into someones wall to steady a ladder when there are plenty of other methods available....I had just bought the ankalad myself that very week. I think they stuck a rubber bung in afterwards, so maybe they plan on using it as an anchor point again.

    Listen to the voice in your head smurf, you know whats right and wrong.
     
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    It must be cheapncheerful side kick saying "bugger that just do a runner":D
     
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    I turned down another job today as the chap lives in a mid terraced house with no back access. He wanted me to go next door and lift the ladders over a 6 foot fence. I'm getting way to old now to be messing about like that :rolleyes:
     
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    This may sound a bit radical but is it feasible to remove a section of the lean to roof to gain access?
     
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    Good point & not radical at all :thumbsup:

    I already asked and the chap said no as it's lead flashed to the wall and he dosen't want to be messing about with the roof panels. Nor would I offer to take them out and put them back myself if the truth be known.

     
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    shame, the only other suggestion i can thing of (& its far from ideal) is a couple of roofing ladders and go up and over from the front, making sure you harness up and tie yourself off, since you probably don't want to be doing a Tom Daily on to that lean to roof!
     
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    I'm not that desperate to earn £100 and still would drill holes in their walls anyway but a lot more of them for each ladder set:D
     
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