Slanting roofs!

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by paulio, May 15, 2012.

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  1. paulio

    paulio Active Member
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    Hey guys, Questions for the tradders on here really.

    How do you guys clean windows that are set back into the roof? (i.e you have to climb up onto the roof to get to the window), the ones that ain't to steep I can climb on but some are just too steep to get a footing on.

    Am I missing something? or is it just a case of using an ext pole or letting a wfp'er take the job off me?

    Loads of houses round my way like this and I feel a bit stupid trying to canvass them if I can't clean all the windows.

    As always appreciate any advice.

    Paul.
     
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  2. simon

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    just use extension pole to clean then wrap your scrim round the end with a elastic band to profile it & dont give them up
     
  3. harry

    harry Guest

    i have exactly same problem. once i climpes out from inside and had the windows open so i could constantly hold on. but i did charge em for it.
     
  4. laddergarder

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    Ladder against the fascia, then use an extension pole, easy.

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  5. vito61

    vito61 Well-Known Member
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    Obviously can't see the window but just some suggestions you may be able to adapt.

    If you've got a long enough ladder and space in front of house you can sometimes run the ladder up the tiles to the window. Be careful of damaging the guttering and tiles. Also make sure ladder won't slip down tiles as you go up by securing the base against something. I have in times past even had permanent eye bolt type things put into customers wall (with their permission) to attach ladder to.

    Would using a ladder stand off help?

    Is it possible to put the ladder against the wall above the window and reach down to clean?

    Remember "Necessity is the Mother of Invention".

    Don't take chances. You could do damage to either yourself or to their property, and that is just plain embarrassing.
     
  6. GMcleaning

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    as above, vitos post is spot on, get it on the tiles and get the bottom footed or braced against a wall or something solid, have even used the car to foot the ladder before,lol ( dont start with the health and safety pleease,lol)
     
  7. jambo113

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    i bought a wagtail to use on the dormas didnt do the best job but it was better than just leaving it
     
  8. Posh

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    Must admit I've used car tyres. They never move. If roof jolts out a little bit I run my ladder up and over the window just below the top guttering and if nessasary I use a ladder stand to give me that extra couple of feet. If roof sticks out a lot I use a pole and as said tool a scrim up to detail. Or I use my backpack which is why I bought it lol.
     
  9. vito61

    vito61 Well-Known Member
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    I don't recommend doing this but it worked for me. Slate roof, quite slippery and fragile. I had been running my triple extension ladder up the roof but thought I would give this a go instead!!
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    I've now gone over to wfp, so no more high jinks :)
     
  10. Posh

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    Talk about krypton factor lol
     
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