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The Guardian Fall Team Blog

Since it’s officially fall now, I’m sure you’ve already, or will soon have to, once again head to the roof of your house to do that most fashionable of all home-owning jobs: clean the gutters. Ah yes, the gutters, those repositories of all your neighbors’ trees leaves and needles that have decayed and coagulated into a sludge-like consistency, which you, yes you, dear factotum of the house, will eventually cover yourself with by the time the job is done. Been there, done that, and getting ready to do it again. Who’s with me?!

It's A Dirty Job...

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But while you are on the roof cursing and cleaning, wouldn’t it be some consolation to know you will be safe while you are doing it? At the very least I’m sure your spouse and kids would appreciate you climbing down from the roof safely versus the alternative of falling at 32 feet per second per second* to the lawn. With that in mind, I thought I would introduce a few post-construction fall protection anchors for the homeowner to make sure that semi-annual jaunt to the roof doesn’t also include one to the emergency room. By the way, if you are brand new to Fall Protection, check out our primer on the ABCs of Fall Protection to get the basics.

Say Hello To My Little Friends

The HitchClip® is a dandy little anchor that when installed, unless you are looking for it, you just might miss it. Made from anodized aluminum and weighing about as much as your car keys, the HitchClip® slips underneath a shingle and attaches with six nails or screws through the sheathing into a truss. They are available in red, black, brown, and gray to match just about any shingle or roof tile color.


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 Next up is the Snappy Anchor. This unique steel anchor literally snaps into shape, and can be adjusted to accommodate various roof pitches from 0/12 to 12/12. Designed to straddle the ridge, it attaches with eight nails through the sheathing into a truss. Snap it, nail it – good to go – easy. Not much else to say about this guy.

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The Ridge-It anchor is a slim fellow designed to either span the ridge or install flush to one side of the roof (depending on configuration), providing an easy attachment point for one worker. Made from stainless steel and zinc-plated steel, and lined with weather resistant butyl strips, the Ridge-It is long lasting and durable. It can be installed on top of shingling, and also installed under shingling for a more concealed installation. Like the HitchClip® and Snappy, it needs to be installed through the sheathing into a truss.


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Lastly, the Temper Anchor is a popular ridge-located anchor that is adjustable from 0/12 to 12/12 pitch, and has the added capability of being installed - unlike our truss-reliant friends above - into the field of a roof. The field is the area of a roof between trusses, where the anchor’s fasteners penetrate only the sheathing. This allows the Temper Anchor to be installed just about anywhere on your roof, giving you plenty of flexibility in choosing the most appropriate spot. This zinc-plated steel anchor, like all of the other anchors, is rated to 5,000 lbs. and makes an ideal leave-in-place anchor that can be used over and over.

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We've Done Some Work For You

Of course the anchor is but one component of the homeowner’s Fall Protection system, which at times can be confusing with so many options. To make it easy on you (and to eliminate some excuses for not using Fall Protection), we’ve assembled the Bucket of Safe-Tie that includes an anchor, vertical lifeline and harness. Install the anchor, attach the vertical lifeline to the anchor and your harness, then get to cleaning gutters, my friend. Of course you’ll want to read the instructions completely for proper installation and usage, but you were going to do that anyway (cracks knuckles) weren’t you ? That’s what I thought… Bucket488.jpg

Got Questions?

Given that fall is strolling right along, what are you waiting for? There are gutters to be cleaned, shingles to be repaired, Frisbees to be retrieved, and Christmas lights to be taken down (well, at least there are in my neighborhood - still). Visit us at www.guardianfall.com for more information, or, if you prefer to chat, let your fingers do the tango and give us a call at 1.800.466.6385. We’re happy to help, and also to provide some dandy excuses for getting you out of that next item on your Honey-Do list. Be safe up there.

 

*No, I didn’t repeat myself. Gravity pulls objects toward the earth at a rate of about 32 feet per second per second, meaning that each second an object falls it gains an additional 32 feet per second of speed, get it? There is of course a terminal velocity, but that is dependent on many factors and can get really complicated. For now, let’s just say that terminal velocity is the speed you will be going just before you hit the ground if you aren’t wearing Fall Protection.