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HereOnThePrimalEdge
Punatic

South Sandwich Islands
8305 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  15:56:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone used spaghetti roll for safety and insulation while working on their roof, cleaning gutters, etc? I have a metal roof, and it looks like spaghetti roll might prevent sliding on smooth surfaces, although product info says it for asphalt shingles, etc. Will it grip or prevent sliding? Reduce reflected heat on a sunny day?

kalianna
Da Kine

374 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2019 :  23:23:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I googled spaghetti roll and found nothing but gross-looking recipes. What is spaghetti roll? We use yoga mattes or rug liners but don't let paint touch them or they disintegrate. .
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HereOnThePrimalEdge
Punatic

South Sandwich Islands
8305 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  01:11:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here’s one example:
https://www.bestmaterials.com/detail.aspx?ID=18959

My neighbor used it on his asphalt shingle roof, but I want to be sure it grips well on a metal roof.
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1hazman
Newbie

8 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  09:01:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


The product is not designed for residential use. Its designed for commercial use on flat roofs with no pitch and must be adhered to the roofing material. If you use it on Metal roofs with any pitch you will need to permanently adhere the product to the roof. On the link you provided is the Product Data Sheet showing how to use the material.

The safest way to work on a roof with any pitch is to install a Fall protection Anchor on the roof cap (gable) and use a fall protection harness and retractable lifeline.
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HereOnThePrimalEdge
Punatic

South Sandwich Islands
8305 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  09:57:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fall protection Anchor on the roof cap (gable) and use a fall protection harness and retractable lifeline

Thanks.
I've used a harness and rope, but I'm always worried my feet will get tangled in the rope coils. I'll check on the retractable. I had read through the data sheet too, and know my neighbor didn't use the spaghetti roll as recommended. He survived, but I'm beginning to wonder if there are no pitched roof success stories posted here because off-label-users found out the hard way it's not a good idea?
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Rob Tucker
Kama'aina

9836 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  09:57:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On metal roofs of pitches of 4:12 and less I have had good results wearing water shoes.
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dobanion
Da Kine

USA
162 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  11:05:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In what seems like a lifetime ago, I installed satellite dishes on homes for DISH network. I have been on every pitch, material, and configuration of roof from sunny 90 degree days to a frigging ice storm. I was on my own, no one cared for my safety, and having a safety line was impractical. I'm still amazed I never fell.

It might have been the shoes I started using after the first week. Google "Shoes For Crews." I think they made a start for people who work in kitchens, and deal with lots of slip prone surfaces with grease. The soles of those shoes are about the best traction ever. They are soft and have lots of tiny flexible "teeth." Don't make a habit on walking on lava with them, you would wear them out in a heartbeat. Save them for cleaning the boat and walking on the roof.
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1hazman
Newbie

8 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  16:12:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by dobanion

"I was on my own, no one cared for my safety, and having a safety line was impractical. I'm still amazed I never fell."

It sounds like you didn't care about your safety either. I'm a Certified Safety Professional and frequently hear the argument that safety is too cumbersome, or takes too much time to implement, or is impractical. My response is there is always a way to protect yourself and with proper training and equipment even you can learn how.

Edited by - 1hazman on 08/15/2019 16:13:43
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kalianna
Da Kine

374 Posts

Posted - 08/15/2019 :  16:57:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the spaghetti roll link, HOTPE. The rubbery rug pads work well both for traction and heat deflection and are considerably less expensive. In conjunction with a safety harness of course.
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