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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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It Is Not Fun And Games: Play It Safe When Shingling Your Roof

by Edwin Johnston

Does climbing around on your roof sound like fun? Take roofing and shingling seriously; people are injured every year in roofing accidents. You may not need a professional contractor, but roofing repairs definitely warrant some added safety measures. Before you ever climb on your roof, pay heed to the following roofing advice:

Take a seat. Plan ahead and invest in a roofing seat. These handy little devices are basically seats that fold down over the pitched roofing surface to prevent the awkwardness and discomfort of shingling a roof. Check out styles online or feel inspired to make your own roofing seat, which is a lot safer than squatting when repairing a roof.

Take frequent breaks. It is easy to experience muscle cramps and numbness when shingling a roof; the position that you take when roofing is awkward and uncomfortable. Take a lot of breaks during your shingling or roofing job and get the blood flowing in your legs. This may help to reduce the risk of stumbling or falling later.

Curb roof traffic. Avoid walking around on your roof, as this adds pressure that can lead to a damaging leak. Minimize trips across your roof for materials or shingles, and step lightly. 

Move ladders gingerly. It is easy to run into trouble when moving metal ladders around your roof. Always assume that any line or wire is unsafe to touch and avoid them at all costs. Don't put added pressure on your home's gutters by leaning your ladder against them; it is unsafe, as gutters can break away from the home.  

Enlist some help. Roofing tasks can be complicated and tedious; roof repairs are worth hiring a professional to avoid risk and get the job done efficiently. At the very least, don't work on your roof when you are home alone. Be sure that someone is within shouting distance in case of a fall.

Don't reach. It is easy to slip and fall when you are constantly reaching for tools that slip and slide around on pitched roofs. Avoid this issue by rolling your tools up in a large piece of Styrofoam or foam matte. This material keeps tools in place and decreases the times that you need to reach for something during a roofing job.

Make sure to take precautions if you plan on repairing your roof or doing some shingling. These tasks are dangerous, and merit contacting a professional roofing contractor. However, if you insist on doing it yourself, don't play games. Take the job seriously and strive to stay as safe as possible.    

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