Roofing Escalator




Here is what I came up with to help everyone with the back breaking job of getting the shingles on the roof.
Before you start you must read and understand about your power tools. wear safety glasses . the project is powered by 110 volts this voltage can kill or severely injure so take precaution for your safety and others that are around you when you work.

I have been using a carvewright cnc to carve my dxf patterns out of wood its slow work .
I belong to a makers goup and I can expose a lot of people to a huricane laser cutter a lot of them want one and you never know how many of them will buy one.
as for me a laser would cut the wood at least 10 times faster and it would decrease the time it takes to make a 3d printer.
my wife would like to cut her cloth patterns out quickly and easely espesialy the fabric that frays a lot.
cut leather, cut conductive fabric, cut foam,and I can come up with many more uses but I have to keep it short.
I would like to try cutting an egg for my fabrige eggs. make wood or a metal rulers when I get in a pinch it would be a lot faster then going to the store and save a lot of time.I carve wood plaques with ukranian designs that I was giving away as gifts.
 it would be a breeze and finish one in no time instead of a week or so. No to get the laser to paint it for me.

Step 1:

Here's what you need
1) 1- 2x12x12ft or longer (depends on your roof)
2)  2-2x6x12ft
3) 1=2x4x2ft (for cross-members)
make a rectangle with 2x6 and 2x4s
then nail or screw it to the 2x12

Step 2:

it should look like this when done.

Step 3:

next you will need a garage door opener.
you can find one at your nearest Eco-store if you don't have one then look for ads in the paper or garage sales
worse comes to worse buy a new one. its still much cheaper then buying a ready made roofing escalator

Step 4:

on the end there is a place where you can screw gdo (garage door opener) to the board
and put a couple screws next to the railing so it does not move side to side

Step 5:

next find some small wheels mine are from a conveyer. and a couple small 1x2 s some screws to hold the wheels on the wood

Step 6:

you need to get a piece of plywood a little wider than the shingles and just as long my first carriage was to short and it would not stop at the top after I made it longer it stopped every time 
1 pcs plywood  14x.1/4x39
1 pcs 2x4x14
some screws

Step 7:

screw or bolt the wheels to the 1x2
then place completed assembly on the plywood so that the wheels stay on the long ramp

Step 8:

there is a slide that is connected to the chain it has a plate with  some holes in it
on the carriage mark a center line and drill a hole for the bolt
and bolt it to the plate then get a small piece of wood  for a rudder that goes on the carriage to guide it between the rails
once you have this done mount to the long board attach the wires and switch to the garage door opener and you are ready to go and test it.
enjoy the back saving conveyor.



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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    happy to hear it will work for you.
    did you know it could be adjustable too.
    and very cheap.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    thank you I need all the comments I can get even the ones that criticize me
    I learn a lot from them.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    not only everyday but discarded items that I re-purposed with a total cost of $0.
    thank you for your comments. it means a lot to get feedback from people that
    create from scratch. or any creative person I'm not picky.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. I've dreamed of using a commercial winch for similar things, but now think a garage door opener might be better....

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    and a lot cheaper.
    here is your excuse for replacing your garrage door opener and use your old one for your project. need any help get a hold of me and Ill see what I can do.


    6 years ago on Step 8

    Most excellent project! I think you might want to consider putting a picture the whole completed conveyor, maybe with some shingles being lifted, as the main image. A giant floating head doesn't really give an impression of the project :-)

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    thank you for your most helpful comment,
    I agree with you and have inserted a picture of my completed project for the title image.