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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 06-11-2017 09:48 PM 1585 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay we all have to at some point in time get on the roof. For years I have had 4 cleats on the fence to climb and get onto the roof. The shop is 3 feet into the hill so access from the ground to the roof is only 50 inches. Like many others have commented, we are NOT getting any younger. Climb cleats or walk up 5 steps, sorry I will take the 5 steps and a handrail.

As some will comment this is overbuilt. A much simpler approach could have been taken. True but then I don’t like to have to revisit something because I went easy or cheap. My only real concession was the rise and fall. To make this work out I used 10 inch rise and 10 inch fall. Tad steep but better than a ladder or the cleats.

Four post are 3 foot down and encased in concrete. The front two are tied together with concrete. The electrical is in conduit, also encased in concrete. The steps have four screws on each side holding them up, all 4 inch longer and oversized. Top clearance above roof is 2 inches and to be sure they don’t rot I sealed them with caulk and 3 coats of paint. The steps are covered with 2 coats of deckover giving what they claim to be a anti slip surface. It worked when I sprayed them with the hose so it seems to work.

The lights are a 20watt and 10 watt LED using a dusk to dawn sensor so I do not have to worry with remembering to turn them off or on. Even so I still installed a switch just in case I somehow need one, eventually.

Enjoy and be inspired!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 06-11-2017 10:32 PM

Do your gutters need cleaning that often? I think an elevator would have been better LOL!! Just kidding!
Sometimes you just need to do what works for you. We all do something that an off the wall project. A few people thought my solar heated outdoor shower project was weird.
Looks like it’s build solid! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Bearpaw

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 10:45 PM

Stairway to heaven?

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 10:52 PM

woodshaver,

Elevator, don’t give me ideas!!! That solar panel shower was a good idea though passed that on to some friends with lake houses.

Bearpaw,
Yeah my friend up the street said the same thing. But did comment he has to get a 24 foot ladder out to get to roof. Dragging that out is worth stairs ya know?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 11:05 PM

Now you can put a deck up on the roof LOL! I’m considering a rebuild of a ship’s ladder into a stairwell before I get to needing it.

Tony you can’t beat free heat or electricity.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 11:13 PM

Deck on the roof? You guys been chatting with my neighbors????

ROFL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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hoss12992

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 11:34 PM

Now that is cool! I’m a firm believer in beefy construction. Great job buddy

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 11:45 PM

A second thought about those nice looking stairs. When your not using the stairs It would make a good plant stand. it’s a good place to put a potted tomato garden or just flower pot with some flower in them!
Just a thought!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 06-12-2017 12:01 AM

Nice looking set of steps, Gunny!!
That will make it easy each time you need to get up there!!
and they are lighted too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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robscastle

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 12:42 AM

A lot of effort to just be able to look into your next doors bathroom!
Plus the wife is going to kill you when she finds her cob web brush extension handles missing

But seriiously nice job definate deck required !!

-- Regards Robert

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 06-12-2017 01:47 AM



A second thought about those nice looking stairs. When your not using the stairs It would make a good plant stand. it s a good place to put a potted tomato garden or just flower pot with some flower in them!
Just a thought!

- woodshaver Tony C

Tony my wife’s many cats voted, that would be a negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full. They discovered this new superhighway to the roof and have taken up residence on all 5 steps. ROFL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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majuvla

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#11 posted 06-12-2017 03:46 AM

You realy make your life easier, nice looking stairs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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lou

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#12 posted 06-12-2017 11:45 AM

There is no such thing as overbuilt when it comes to safety.Nice job.

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natenaaron

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 04:11 PM

Now you can get on the roof whenever you need to. Smart idea. The roof is a good place for thinking, avoiding the honey-do list, and star gazing, assuming you don’t live in the city.

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Upgrayedd

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 05:43 PM

I really didn’t know I needed easy access to my roof. I’m still trying to achieve easy access to my table saw:)

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 07:16 PM

Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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