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Home Inspector’s Review: Lockjaw Laddergrips
Inspect More Roofs, Safely
Under the Oregon standards of practice, inspectors are not required to climb on roofs. And if it’s a steep or dangerous roof, it’s best to inspect with either binoculars or a drone. While this can be a great way to inspect a roof that is otherwise inaccessible, the inspection is limited in scope, and is not as thorough as walking a roof in person and inspecting with your own eyes. The more chances the inspector has to look at the roof in person either from a ladder or by walking on the roof, the better and more thorough the inspection will be.
More than 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year. Most of which occur at homes or on farms. One of the most dangerous parts of our job as a home inspector is certainly climbing and walking on roofs. If I were to point to the most dangerous activity, it would be making the transition while climbing from ladder to roof. This point of shifting your weight from the ladder to the roof and be challenging and quite risky. Two stories above a hard surface, and it can be a serious health and safety risk.
That’s where I find the Lockjaw ladder grip really feels like it makes a difference. Ensuring that the ladder will not slide to either side during this point feels like an essential ladder safety Item for home inspectors or home owners.
Ease Of Use
The grips are designed to clamp onto most aluminum or steel gutters. They fit on each stile of your ladder and fit most ladder styles, either aluminum or fiberglass. Typically the only adjustment needed is the side pin, which easily slides into place to hold your ladder stiles snug against the lockjaw ladder clamp.
Another added benefit is that your ladder won’t blow off the roof while you’re up inspecting on a windy day. I’ve heard stories from fellow inspectors of forgetting to tie their ladder off to a gutter spike and then having to ask for help from a realtor or a client to get it back. Not only is this quite embarrassing, but a 28’ type II ladder can be tricky to lift up if you’re not accustomed to it.
Perfect For Home Maintenance
Speaking with a realtor recently, he was telling me that he was recovering from a fall off a ladder while doing some annual gutter cleaning. The ladder wasn’t stabilized and he fell backwards off the ladder and straight onto his back. Luckily it was onto a flat grassy yard Debris in the gutter is something that I call out on my home inspections every day. What good are all those gutters if you can’t keep them free of debris and fully functioning? But please, stay safe when you climb up there.