Published on May 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Building/repair tool on rooftops

Materials: BEKVÄM step stool

Description: Renovating an old house, I should remove paint, sanding the wooden panels, put primer paint and paint, sanding in between.

I am not a hero on the roof, standing on the small wooden slats on which the rooftiles are laying.

So I measured the degree of the roof and sliced away part of a BEKVÄM with same angle.

After that I fastened two slats under the feet of the BEKVÄM stool with screws.
These two slats I use also when working on the roof: six screws from the slats on the roof.

So I move my building tool on the roof taking out these screws, put the tool higher or lower and then fasten it again with these screws again.

Result: a tool with which it is good working! you can sit on it, hang on it, put paint cans, other things.

It gives me great confidence standing on my roof, working on my house.

~ Bert Lijnema, Netherlands

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6 Responses to Building/repair tool on rooftops

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree with anonymous. Wouldn’t be trusting my life with something from ikea even though they have some nice stuff. Better yet, why don’t you use a roofer’s harness.

  2. Sabrina says:

    The beefing it up advice sounds good, but I love that you made your own inexpensive mini scaffolding!

  3. eldorel says:

    I would add a few extra slats between the two support slats, in a ladder shape.

    Have them underneath the 2 main slats that you attached to the stool, so that they will hook onto the cross beams on the roof itself.
    This way all of your weight isn’t resting on just the screws, and you have a little bit more shear resistance.

    This also will make attaching the stool to the roof easier, as it will hook in place before you screw it down.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is a very creative idea. But I don’t think I’d trust my life with something made from Ikea.

    Whatever the guy above me said about beefing it up a bit…probably good advice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Simple and ingenious!
    It gets my vote!

  6. jo says:

    this goes straight to the 2012 competition and i vote for it!!!!

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