Using Ladders And Difficult To Access Windows?

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  1. buzzing

    buzzing Active Member
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    I have tried to stick to only ground floor bungalows, but this lady asked me to clean two of her 1st floor windows. The one in the back garden shown in the picture is the one I tried. I used my extension pole from my ladder which I put against the fascia or soffit (whichever one) and reached it. Is there no other way to clean it? I used a ladder mat to stabilize the ladder's feet at the bottom on the grass. I worried the standoff might come away from the soffit/fascia and break the window, possibility? The window I cleaned was the one in the bottom right hand picture and the window in top right, and the one I am cleaning with a scrim on pole in top picture as well.

    Just didn't feel comfortable doing the whole thing.

    Do most people have liability insurance? Is this if they bang their ladder into a customer's Merc or something? Or ladder breaking glass lol?

    Is it stupid to climb on roofs and risk breaking tiles? Also, do we need to get on felt roofs (climb up) to get to certain windows?
     

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  2. Tuffers

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    ? Do you not generally go up a ladder?? Those roof tiles are thin. If you laid your ladder on them at the same angle of the slope of the roof I think you'd still crack a tile. It looks possible to clean the right hand window if you set your ladders against the wooden panels. Do you have ladder mits to protect wood, plastic etc?
     
  3. charlie

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    you say your not comfortable doing it up a ladder perhaps you shudent have washed it
     
  4. Newbie123

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    Where possible stay off the roof tiles nowt worse than doing damage to clients houses it gets you a bad rep very quickly if the roofs damaged
     
  5. Gremah

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    good lord man just use a pole from the ground or clean from the inside or not at all
     
  6. Pegasus

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    Ditto. No fannying about.
     
  7. buzzing

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    Why, you think the ladder standoff looks dodgy? I cleaned the windows ok I think, it just took forever with the ladder set up!
     
  8. buzzing

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    Maybe get some. so put it against the wood and the use the extension pole with left hand! i am right handed though lol My extension pole is just under three metres, is it worth getting a 5 metre one? then i could do it all from ground? I am ok with three metres, but wouldn't five be hard to do a good job with

    Regarding tiles, thanks for the tips, they were on another house, but I was thinking of leaning on them at one point!

    When you climb up on felt roofs - any tips?, i am on about the roof above the window to the right of ladder in picture- it's a flat roof.
     
  9. Tuffers

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    Tread carefully on felt roofs. I've put my foot through one before.
     
  10. Posh

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    I would have put my ladder on the wood & do it from the side or longer pole with a wagtail. As said if your worried about it just say no. Not worth breaking anything just for 1 window. Could you have not done it from inside?
     
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