an online supplier of roofing products. When combined with a single section from an alu- minum extension ladder, the ridge-hooks made accessing a roof with a steep pitch much easier, and consequently, much safer. I painted the roof using the ladder and ridge-hooks except for one section that could be reached using a 10-foot tall stepladder, which I placed on top of a lower roof section. It is also imperative that a safety harness and rope be used when working from any height. One misstep and you could easily fall thirty feet to the ground unless you are tied off to something solid. As an added note of caution, metal roofs are slick as glass when they are wet. Therefore, beware of the morning dew. Long pants and heavy boots with serious traction are also high- ly recommended. A few hundred dollars spent on safety equipment is cheaper than most medical insurance co-pays. As with all painting projects, the first step was to remove all of the loose paint. I did this by hand-scraping the roof twice. I considered trying to use a pres- sure washer but there was no good way to access the entire roof with the wand, and I was also concerned that I might inadvertently catch the edge of a shingle and end up ripping a couple off by accident. Hand- scraping also allowed me to see every inch of the roof and to identify any small holes or
The paint scraper has four edges for aggressive scraping action.
This terne metal roof had hips and valleys that complicated the project.