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Old 04-15-2018, 06:01 PM
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Default Homemade LadderVator or Lift for Shingles

OK, so I've been dreading the roof job on this house but I'm going to have to do it sooner or later. Two story farmhouse, 12-pitch roof, two or three or ??? layers of shingles to remove. I forget how many square we're talking about, but it's enough.

I'm too old for carrying shingle bundles up a ladder. Since I'm cheap and like to build things, I'm trying to think of something to build to do the work of lifting the shingles up to the roof. Ain't too bright, either, so I'll spend $100 to build something that saves me $50 sometimes.

The LadderVator gizmo looks good. Anybody ever make anything like that here?

Also considering making some kind of winch (with anti-reverse dogs) driven by a small induction motor to lift a pallet loaded with 3-4 bundles at a time.

Anybody done anything like this or have any good ideas on how to skin this cat?

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Old 04-15-2018, 06:42 PM
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My brother just re roofed his house and garage. He built a 5 foot wide starway with a landing at the top.Once that was done every trip up you brought a bundle to the landing. by the time one panel was stripped and any damage repaired ect there were enough shingles on the landing to do the job.
This was only a single story house but the concept iseasily extensible to a two story.
No ladders and level access made the job much simpler and safer for a crew of amateur roofers. Getting the shingles up there was not even noticed in the over all job. Both roofs are four panel style with a second level on the house.
The most time consuming part was the ridge caps
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:58 PM
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Can you get your hands on a hay bale conveyor? Also a lot of the supply companies here will stock the roof for you with their truck.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:10 PM
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OK, so I've been dreading the roof job on this house but I'm going to have to do it sooner or later. Two story farmhouse, 12-pitch roof, two or three or ??? layers of shingles to remove. I forget how many square we're talking about, but it's enough.

I'm too old for carrying shingle bundles up a ladder. Since I'm cheap and like to build things, I'm trying to think of something to build to do the work of lifting the shingles up to the roof. Ain't too bright, either, so I'll spend $100 to build something that saves me $50 sometimes.

The LadderVator gizmo looks good. Anybody ever make anything like that here?

Also considering making some kind of winch (with anti-reverse dogs) driven by a small induction motor to lift a pallet loaded with 3-4 bundles at a time.

Anybody done anything like this or have any good ideas on how to skin this cat?

Thanks--

Jeff
You mean something like this it will lift a roof top AC unit on commercial buildings is what its for but i use it for trusses and other in the air work
can extend 28' the winch even with 5-600 lbs is like butter no strain to lift the material its made from is light ga. you could prolly make something like or similar for cheap other than the winch these are pretty pricy winches or find you an old bomber winch at an army surplus store or junk sale it works the same as the one on this lift if you want some measurements let me know
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:34 PM
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Thank goodness for metal roofing.


I'd hate to think of reroofing a shingle roof now at my age.


I'm putting off replacing tin on my shop for the same reasons. sigh


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Old 04-15-2018, 07:45 PM
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I think you want ot put them at the ridge.....

Yes a hay bale conveyor might reach.

But how to do it all alone ?

Metal roofing is nice, slide a sheet up there, ridge to bottom, 3' wide.

Getting real popular around here, but I can't fathom why I see some people
putting up black metal roofing.

White is so much cooler in the summer, green looks classic, and is a compromise for heat (and expansion).
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:09 PM
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Last one I did I used the excavator, put 10-15 bundles in the bucket and put them up with it.


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Old 04-15-2018, 09:47 PM
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I vote for the metal roof as well. When I redo my concrete tile roof it is going metal. Easy to play nostalgic,long lasting, much more water proof than tiles.

If you are going to go back with shingles consider having the roof stripped. Watching young guys wheelbarrow shingles to a roll of is a lot needed car than you moving them to your pick up.
Also, just buy the shingles from a supply company that will stick them on the roof. It may cost a little more, but less than building a staircase.
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You mean something like this it will lift a roof top AC unit on commercial buildings is what its for but i use it for trusses and other in the air work
can extend 28' the winch even with 5-600 lbs is like butter no strain to lift the material its made from is light ga. you could prolly make something like or similar for cheap other than the winch these are pretty pricy winches or find you an old bomber winch at an army surplus store or junk sale it works the same as the one on this lift if you want some measurements let me know
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:20 AM
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Local to me, some suppliers will deliver to "rooftop" and some will not. It all has to do with liability for truss damage from not distributing the load.

Those that will do rooftop delivery use a remote control knuckle crane with a fork attachment so it crane can be operated from the roof, or they have a belt type conveyor that looks like a fire truck ladder.

All my building here have metal roofing with a 40+ warranty. I'll be in my 80s by the time the warranty expires, so reroofing will be someone else's issue.


However, our rental has a mix of new asphalt, old asphalt, and old cedar shakes on the various and assorted buildings. ...... I may not be done roofing yet.
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