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Do It Yourself Build a Shed – Using a Telescoping Plank for Roofing

In this video, I’m unboxing, setting up, and using a Telescoping Plank and trestles for roofing my shed. I’m using my Little Giant Ladders as trestles to hold the Vevor Telescoping Plank. The roof of my shed is 218 inches wide and I need something economical and functionally safe. I need to be able to safely work along the width of the shed by walking along the plank. The plank, which is a Vevor Telescoping Plank, will also serve as a staging area for tools and materials that are needed to work on the roof.

Vevor Telescoping Plank Specifications

The vevor plank can be extended from 9 feet to 15 feet and holds 440 pounds. It features two wing bolts for securing the plank so it doesn’t slide. It is constructed of lightweight aluminum tubing and appears to be constructed very well.

Ladder Safety

I have two Little Giant Ladders that I have set up in A-Frame configurations as trestles facing each other. I’ll use these ladders to hold the Vevor Telescoping Plank on a rung of each ladder. I also use ratchet straps to tie off each ladder around the rafters. I do this so that the ladder will not fall away from the shed as I’m working on the plank or going up and down the ladder. Although I do not mention this in the voiceover at the beginning of the video, ladder stability is very important. You’ll see me moving scrap pieces of OSB under specific legs of the ladders since the ground is very uneven in these spots.

Once the ladders were in place I was able to pick up and place the plank to span the maximum safe distance between the ladders. After I repositioned the ladders, which is not shown in the video, I had about 8 to 12 inches extended beyond the rung of each ladder. I then clamped two of my Jorgensen E-Z Hold Clamps at each end to act as a stopping point to prevent the plank from slipping off of the ladder rungs.

Climbing up to the Plank

As you can see, I’m slightly awkwardly climbing up onto the plank. I have since climbed up and down this ladder and plank over fifty times. I learned a technique for the order of stepping on the ladder rungs as I was climbing up and approaching the plank. If I were to have my left foot at the last rung before the plank then I could sing my right foot onto the plank and step onto it. I became very good at this technique and it reminded me of how limber and nimble I was as a youngster freely climbing anything. I was even able to use the taller Little Giant Ladder to climb up onto the roof. It was very convenient with its height that extended beyond the lower roof line of the shed.

Down the Rabbit Hole

I watched several programs by OSHA on ladder safety, roof safety, and climbing safety. And, I also consulted my cousin at Innovative Builders to get some ideas. I was very aware of my surroundings, particularly where I placed things on the plank and the roof. One of the lessons I learned while watching the OSHA videos is that pneumatic hoses are a significant tripping and slipping hazard. I was constantly moving my pneumatic nailer with me so that the hose was always ahead of me and not behind me. Even with the shingles that I staged on the plank and the roof, I made sure that they were positioned out of my path of walking.

My Vevor Telescoping Plank Review

It might be clear by now that I’m a fan of this plank. I weigh over 300 pounds, which falls within the 440-pound weight rating of the Vevor Telescoping Plank. I was able to stage an 80-pound bundle of shingles on the plank from the ground. Then I was able to climb up onto the plank at the same time for a combined weight of nearly 400 pounds between me and the bundle of shingles.

One important note is that I did not feel comfortable walking along the plank facing the ladders. Instead, I shimmied along the plank while facing the roof. I would slide my left foot to the left followed by my right foot and so on. Or, I would do the opposite to go the other direction. I felt that I needed to have my foot span multiple tubes to feel comfortable.

And lastly, I love the Little Giant Ladder Systems ladders. These ladders are the last ladders I’ll purchase. I feel very confident about these ladders. They are well-constructed and have withstood a lot of my physical abuse.

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