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    Roof work while raining?

    It rarely rains around here, but as usual all hell breaks loose when it does. Do commercial techs go up on 25'+ roofs on extension ladders while in windy/heavy rain conditions to work on equip. What is better 2 pc raingear or long coat.

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    When raining real hard will don two peices but water will go down crack no matter what. If lightning avoid altogether.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick muniz View Post
    Do commercial techs go up on 25'+ roofs on extension ladders while in windy/heavy rain conditions to work on equip.
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    No, This one won't. It's that simple.
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    It all depends. Definately a no when there's lightning
    Officially, Down for the count

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick muniz View Post
    It rarely rains around here, but as usual all hell breaks loose when it does. Do commercial techs go up on 25'+ roofs on extension ladders while in windy/heavy rain conditions to work on equip. What is better 2 pc raingear or long coat.
    Not if they are thinking clearly.

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    Depends how hard its raining and from what direction. Ive serviced RTUs in the rain by putting the panels on top with a patio slab from the roof to stay dry.

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    It is almost always raining or snowing up here. We are on the Atlantic Coast just outside of the Gulf Stream. It is cold, and wet and raining/snowing most months except for August and September. A few years ago, it was colder on July 4th than it was on Thanksgiving.

    The point I am trying to make is that if we didn't work in the rain, we would work very much at all.

    Two piece rain gear is a must. Pants and a Coat, but your still going to get wet. Tarp the equipment when you can. Tie off if it is windy. Secure RTU/Chiller panels when you take them off for service. Be careful. Be careful. Be careful.

    Oh, and we rarely ever have lightning here.

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    Well, around here on the wet coast, its pretty much inevitable that we end up working in the rain on a fairly regular basis. We try to avoid it whenever possible, but it happens. I have 2 piece Carhart raingear, and also a 10'X10' easyup tent that works great for long jobs.
    Maintnences are not generaly done in the rain for obvious reasons... filters dont hold up to well after sitting in the pi$$ing rain. But again, it does happen
    Lightning, forget it, not happening, i dont care what the call is.

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    There's no such thing as rain without lightning here, so... NO! Torrential storms move into this area very fast and they can be on top of you within minutes of hearing the first rumblings miles and miles away. If I hear rumbling in the distance, I start packing up, or at least getting my stuff consolidated so I can be ready when it comes.
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    No - my boss doesn't want to have to make the phone call that the tech slipped off the roof, fell off the ladder, or got zipped by 460V

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    Well, like meplumber said, if we didnt work in the rain we would be lucky to work 3months a year out here... suck it up, be safe, but the work needs to get done! I make 6 figures so im not bit#!NG

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    Doesn't rain much in So Cal. but when it does I rope stuff down to just bare essentials for Pm's. If its for service electrical bag, driver n guages that's it.

    I wear work pants with rain coat, by the time the shower has passed I can get back to work fairly unemcumbered.

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    With all the tech gadgets on my iphone, I just wait for the least intense moment if it HAS to be done. Rain isn't too bad around here (inland northwest), but the wind can really make things difficult. I always let someone know where I am and to check up on me if I have to be alone. As said before, be carefull, think it through, don't rush, especially around electricity! Good luck.

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