The best way to still finish your job without having any accidents is through the use of roof jacks. I use roofing jacks to maintain my balance when fixing roofs. With the use of the roofing jacks you will be able to do your job safely on top of your roof.
What is Roof Jack?
Roofing jacks are tools which are used for various roofing assignments. They are based on metallic hooks that are curved in one end and they J shaped in the next end. The roofing jacks are connected to the shingles and the curved end is connected to a large board or a plank. This allows the user to effectively stand and move around without falling. Using roofing jacks can actually be challenging if the roof is fixed with tough shingles. It can also be a little confusing to use it. However, with the help of at least two to three jacks, you will be able to move on top of the roof with ease.
How Many Roof Jacks and planks ?
Another question that you might have is how many roofing jacks to use? The answer is based on the angle of your roof. If your roof has 45 to 50 degree angle then you can use two to three roofing jacks. However, if you have a roof which has a steeper angle then you will need a lot more jacks in order to improve your balance. You will also need a flat and straight board in order to have proper balance.
How To Use The Jacks?
In order to use the jacks, the first thing to do is to find a flat and clean area in your roof. Remember that most shingles can actually be dilapidated and they can easily break. So, you will need to place your jacks at least somewhere in the fourth or fifth shingle course. You can use the dead area with a jack roof coating so that you can accurately and easily move on top of the roof. Once you have picked the area you need to drive the nails. Remember to not overlap the nails. Position the roofing jacks to the side of the original jack and leave at least 4 feet in between jacks. Once you have attached the planks or boards then test the jacks. If it can carry your weight then they are safe to use. Also, check if you have proper footing. Check if the board is wiggling and if it is you just need to adjust the jacks.
How To Remove The Jacks?
Once you have finished fixing your roof, then the next move is to remove the jacks. Since the nails are placed into an overlapping dead area, they will not leave any holes from which water may seep in during rainy seasons. The nails should be covered by the next row of your shingles and you need to hammer them down with a few taps. Complete the hammering until they are perfectly hidden. Now, put the roofing jacks on a clean surface without exposing it to water.