Re: getting on/off 2nd story roof
Always make sure your ladder extends at least three feet above the edge of the roof so you have something to hang onto (without bending down) as you are making the transition.
When you lean a standard extension ladder against the roof, there are at least two things you must do.
The first is to make sure it is at the proper angle -- either use the "L" guide label on the side, or make sure the top of the rungs are level back-to-front and side-to-side.
The second -- and this is something few people seem to do -- is test to make sure the ladder is stable. Put some of your weight on one foot on the first rung, and with your hands pull the ladder away from the wall. Make sure the ladder does not move side-to-side. If the ladder moves at all, reposition it so that the top is where you want it, the rungs are level AND so it doesn't move when you do the above test.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.