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Working on the roof can be dangerous, especially the steeply pitched ones. I’m not going to tell you that it’s something best left to the professionals, because it really burns me up when people shill like that, but I am going to say that you might want to think about using a safety line if you do go up.

This removable roof anchor from SafeWaze provides a secure D-ring to attach a safety line. The heavy duty steel anchor work on roofs of any pitch. You secure the anchor over the peak of the roof, making sure you nail it into the rafters.

If there’s any question about how to use this anchor, I found a good video explaining the use of similar anchors on YouTube, because if you don’t attach your safety line securely, it’s worse than having no line at all. You can pick one up for around $25 before shipping.

Using a Roof Anchor [YouTube]
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9 Responses to Anchor Yourself

  1. Gil says:

    Arrrrg! 9cause you said anchor)
    You can get those at Home Depot for under $15. Arrg!

  2. RobertC says:

    Takes more line but, another suitable and portable anchor point is a motor vehicle. BUT NOT TO THE VEHICLE!!! Wrap the line 3 or 4 times around the tire where it hits the ground.

    That way, if some one decides to move the vehicle, you stay put.

    I learned that technique working for a City engineering department, after someone in a nearby town was yanked out of a manhole after a careless driver essentially punted the truck he had tied off to.

  3. Ross says:

    There are also now flashings available to permanently install an anchor. If you get a new roof from a reputable company you should wind up with anchors installed at the end of the project.

    The important thing to remember is that fall protection systems are systems and half assed installation might not serve you well. The anchor needs to be installed with rated fasteners in to appropriate structure. Your rope grab needs to match the life line. Your lanyard needs to use appropriate hardware. Finally your harness needs to be fit and worn correctly.

  4. K!P says:

    Ross: you make it sound real complicated: just make sure the anchor is strong enough.

  5. IronHerder says:

    I’m with Ross on this one. He listed all of the links in the chain, and explained that each link had be sufficient. Better to have excess detail than not enough.


  6. Gough says:

    I appreciated the details that Ross added. I’ll add one more that I’ve noticed done incorrectly on a lot of jobsites: keep a minimum of slack in your lifeline. I’ve seen many instances where the line actually had more than enough slack to allow the worker to reach the ground before coming tight. I’ve even seen some where the rope reached the ground and led back up to the worker on the roof.

  7. Brad Justinen says:

    This is for laying a new roof – so make sure you don’t nail this through your shingles or shakes, it will leak for sure.

  8. Brice says:

    Ah, to be in the homeowner world. Fall protection for my company is a maze of site regulations and poorly understood OSHA regulations. It’s gotten so bad that we’ve taken to just calling the safety department and having them right out a complete fall arrest plan. Usually only delays the work a day or two. What a PITA.

  9. Jason says:

    Call me crazy but I still think that depending on the height of your roof and what lies below I’d rather free fall than dangle in one of those damn harnesses.

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