How to Make a Roof Ladder Hook Work with a DIY Ladder?

It’s, of course, a pretty dangerous thing to work on the roof. And to make the process less hazardous, one can think about getting roof hooks. These are a fantastic option to add extra safety and avoid embarrassing moments in front of neighbors and friends.

Today let’s learn how to make a roof ladder hook work with your created ladder for roof working usages.

How to Make a Roof Ladder Hook Work with Your DIY Ladder

Basically, a roof hook lets your ladder to temporarily affix with the roof. So that you can easily climb on the surface that is enough stable. You are safe and know something is there to hold your stead. For a roof that has a lot of extreme pitch, this is certainly priority stuff to use.

Bring Some Materials for The Process.

For this tutorial, you will need two different size utility lumber. One is the 2 by 4-inch lumber and other one is 1 by 4 inches. You also need a circular saw, sawhorse, C-clamps, and square here. Get a wood chisel, screw gun with tips, and 1 ¼ inches wood screws.

Measurement & Cutting Phase.

You need to determine length between the landing and roof edge. Now simply add around 4 inches extra to this counted distance. You will next apply this measurement for cutting the 2-by-4 inches utility lumber.

Cut down two of such lumber pieces accurately and this works as the ladder rails length. On the sawhorse, you need to place these rails on edge and side by side. Use the clamps to secure each end of rails.

Now you will make some layout marks for ladder rungs. Simply begin from one end of the rails and keep making layout every twelve inches. To get the right marking 12 inches apart, you can use a builder’s square at this point.

You are going to use 1-by-4-inches utility lumber as the ladder rungs. So next, you will measure its width. For a standard utility ladder measurement, this width should be somewhat three and a half inches. You should keep making extra marks across the rail’s edges. This needs to be 3 ½ inches from each first mark you made.

Use the Circular Saw & Wood Chisel.

Now it’s time to bring the circular saw into some action. For this, you will first set the depth of blade according to 1-by-4 inches lumber’s thickness. It needs to be around ¾ inches considering the standard utility lumber.

At each rung mark, simply crosscut the rails using circular saw. Then you can get rid of the c-clamps. On the sawhorse, simply lay rails flat afterward.

You need to chip around three and a half inch-wide sections from each rail. To do so, simply use a wood chisel along with a hammer. You can work between the saw cuts using a chisel. And create ¾ inch rung recesses.

Keep a note of the total number of recesses in one rail. You need 16 inches long pieces from 1-by-4-inch lumber, as many as you can. This will work as ladder rungs.

Finishing Process.

Now let’s put those rails keeping 16 inches of apartness between. Make sure the recesses are facing up. In the recesses, simply lay ladder rungs. With rail’s outside edge, simply flush the ends. Use screw tips with the drill to attach these rungs to rail nicely. You can use the 1 ¼ inch wood screws here. On each end use a couple of screws. This will ensure a stable attachment.

Now figure out the position where ladder stands against your roof maintaining enough balance for climbing up. You need to cut down two extra pieces at this point. Use the 1-by-4-inch lumber again. These need to be 16 inches long. 

Use a pair of roof ladder hook next. This type of ladder stabilizer needs to be padded or made of a material that does less damage to roofing shingles. A ladder hook kit will help you here to get a nice and firm installation. Some kits also provide wheels to let the slid to ridge happen more gracefully.

ATTACHING HOOKS.

Wingnuts are used to keep the hooks attach well with ladder’s top two rungs.
The roof ladder goes all way up to roof and lays around with wheels facing down. The wheels should not be knocking loosely. Instead, it needs to roll across the shingles or tiles.

If there’s a chimney or vent, then the ladder should be around two to three feet away. This provides enough turning over room as soon as you get it into position.

The wheels need to contact shingle’s top row. So, you need to push the ladder until that happens. The hook will face down once you turn it over. You can pull the ladder back and forth for a few times to secure hooks nicely.

Reverse the process once you are done with ladder. Push the ladder ahead for one or two inches. Then turn it over to make the wheels face roof. You need to lower it back on ground and so, roll it down the roof. A safety rope is going to help a lot at this step. So that you can easily raise and lower things

Conclusion

And that was all about how to make a roof ladder hook work with a ladder yourself. It’s not a very tough thing to do and anybody with basic ideas can try it for sure. Just make sure you are taking safety seriously when working on the roof. 

It’s going to be a pretty challenging task no matter how many times you have already climbed on your roof. It’s best to always be careful and keep things under control that way. Good Luck!

Stephen Colbert
 

Stephen Colbert is a specialist in avionics technology. He has been involved in avionics technology since 1993. He spent more than 15 years writing about high tech gadgets. Numerous publications have interviewed him. He is very passionate about sharing his knowledge.

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