Though the suburban dream is still going strong, more and more people have been choosing to live in older inner-city homes and invest in extensive renovations to bring them up to modern standards. This way, residents can capitalize on the energy of the downtown and the amenities of living in a denser environment. However, the trade-off usually comes in the form of size, with these urban homes having fewer square feet of living space than sprawling suburban homes.
A solution that many homeowners come to is to add living space by building up, or creating outdoor recreation spaces in unexpected places, like garage roofs or second floor decks. Even if you build out on top of the garage, it’s a lot of work at high levels, a very dangerous place to be, especially for the DIY enthusiast.
The professional contractor will know what safety equipment is needed for these types of projects. However the involved homeowner might not have the same level of knowledge. But with just a few tips, you can get your contractor safety know-how and start SAFELY working on making your home your dream home.
When working at heights on projects like reroofing, putting in an elevated deck, or an addition, secure yourself with a rooftop fall protection system. There are so many different styles depending on where the work is being done, like over a skylight, and what you need to incorporate, be that a hatch or a ladder. From temporary to quality long-term rails, forget about puncturing your roof, simply get a modular solution that you can either keep, use temporarily, or move to a different spot for another project. The important part is that it will protect you, and anyone helping you, from falling off your roof and getting injured.
Harnesses and Straps
Guardrails do their part in protecting anyone who comes out onto your restricted area, be that a specialized contractor or even your partner bringing you something cool to drink. However, there is a whole class of other protective gear that is used individually by every person on location. One such system is the combination of harnesses and straps which keep everyone tethered to the roof, avoiding bad falls. There’s quite a bit to learn about the proper way of wearing and docking yourself, but it’s something that the manufacturer should have a guide about. Also consider tethering other heavy objects. Though fall protection is our greatest concern, passersby beneath don’t deserve to get hit by a falling sander or speaker.
Prepared Tool belt
Having everything on hand in a secured tool belt makes a lot more sense than putting it down and having it potentially roll away due to a sloping roof or the wind. If you don’t want to tether these smaller tools to your belt, then at least make it your practice to directly replace the tools into your belt, avoiding dropping objects or having them out of reach.
You won’t want to be wearing flip flops when working at heights, that’s for sure. Though proper footwear is something that is talked about in all construction and renovation situations, it’s even more of a concern when slipping and falling has this elevated risk associated with it. You’ll want something that will be comfortable in all positions you will be working in as well as have an excellent grip. Remember that using power tools comes with its own set of work boots needs, so carefully evaluate what you need before you buy.
Adding some new space to your old home is one way to get your cake and eat it too: great location and the space you need for your lifestyle. Whether you are looking to build a second-floor deck, balcony, addition, or just a terrace over your garage, make your work area safe so that you can fully enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end of the project.