Just some added information on Rope & Harness training for everyone reading. Many adjusters on here have probably at one time or another tied knots, been in the boy scouts, been fishermen or a boater, Point is, at some time or another, we have worked with knots. I wanted a company that could teach me how to "properly" use the "correct" equipment for steep roof adjusting. I am 'part monkey" and wanted that extra piece of mind while I was that high up.
I am a "freak" at scuba diving. Anyone that knows anything about scuba diving knows it can be extremely dangerous. I also love playing with sharks while I am down there filming. You "MUST" have the proper equipment and training. The same is what I was expecting for Rope & Harness. Proper gear and proper training.
As an adjuster already doing two story 10 and 12 pitch roof, I wanted to be safer. I knew there had to be rope over house, anchored, and harness attached to proper ascenders, carabiners, etc. So I searched for a school. As a General Contractor I know OSHA, and ANSI, so I wanted the rope guru's. I went for SPRAT instructor, Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. Before I arrived at training site, the instructor had been called out the night before to do a cave rescue in Tennessee. This is the type of training I wanted.
I practiced for weeks, searching sites, and training on all kinds of different knots. I researched different types of equipment, the whys and how to on different ropes and webbing. I set my self-up that the instructor would teach us the equipment, and techniques for above the National Standards of proper rope and harness for climbing. This involved different anchoring techniques, proper knot tying, which ropes and why, harness styles etc.
After researching the many knots, I was saying to myself there should be 3-4 knots that are basic for our need. I was correct. The basics are the same with all roofs and climbing. Safety first, proper equipment, correct anchoring, ascending and use of belay devices. Even tricks of the trade for rope deployment.
So if you need training and certification east of the Mississippi, located outside Atlanta, Georgia and is taught by national cave rescuer and exceeds SPRAT, OSHA, and ANSI standards, then I recommend AITech (American International Technical Institute). The price is $300 and worth every penny.
I am Advanced Open Water Certified Diver and would never skimp on safety, either by cheap equipment or training. Tim White the instructor also gives back to society, http://www.overtheedgeusa.com/defau...32.436.456
Terry Freeland Adjuster/ Owner and Tim White make for a great instruction and learning experience at AITech Institute in Georgia for $300