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MeasurementBlues
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Re: Every roofer should have a drone
MeasurementBlues   2/2/2016 4:52:57 PM
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having a one-way door means an opportunity for them to "re-engineer" it and make it two-way.  They would probably succeed.

The people installing the door said "you never want to lock a mother squirrel out with babies inside. They will tear your house apart to get to them."

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Re: Every roofer should have a drone
Andy_I   2/2/2016 4:44:50 PM
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"... install a one-way door over the squirrel entrance."

My first thought was, who would put a squirrel entrance on their roof?  :-)  (No, I get it.)

But squirrels are crafty little critters, and having a one-way door means an opportunity for them to "re-engineer" it and make it two-way.  They would probably succeed.

This sounds like a very good idea, using robots or drones to either inspect, or repair, things we can't get to.  The first time I saw my Gambrel roof was in Google Maps, and said, "wow looks like we need to get some work done up there."

The problem is, you need something like a Canadarm2 or better, to do real work on a roof or gutters.  Drones have nothing to work (push or pull) against except their tiny inertia.

Using them to help with antennas too, yes.

Just remember to register them with the FAA.

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Drone = software ???
Andy_I   2/2/2016 4:15:27 PM
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"Because my background is software, to me drones are software," said Dahlstrom.

If you ask me, there is something very wrong about that statement!  No doubt, drones (and helos in general) don't fly as well without good guidance and stabilization.  But to think of a drone as software, rather than a pound or ten of ballast, with sharp spining, flesh-cutting blades?  That's just wrong!  A drone is all hardware (with software assist) and you lose sight of the dangers when you forget the attachment they have to matter and Newton's laws.

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Re: Every roofer should have a drone
elizabethsimon   2/2/2016 3:31:45 PM
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Yes, roof inspection is a good use for drones. I'd also like one that could inspect and clean the gutters and remove small branches and other derbris from the roof while it was there.

I've actually thought about getting one and learning how to use it to help string antennas up in the trees on Field Day.

 

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Every roofer should have a drone
MeasurementBlues   2/2/2016 9:26:18 AM
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I wouldn't mind having a drone to inspect my slate roof, which was damaged last year from hail. A drone would have helped me identify where quirrels got into a dormer. Yesterday, an animal control company came to install a one-way door over the squirrel entrance. I'm not sure a robot could do that job, but drones for inspecting roofs would certain save roofers and insurance people from climbing ladders.

You can see this guy installing the one-way door. It was quite a job getting that ladder up in the first place because the spot is so high. The ladder has a hook at the top that has to laid over the peak of the roof to hold it up, but it wasn;t long enough. They had to stretch to get the hook over the peak. You see, you don;t walk on slate roofs. The slates are brittle and can easily chip or break. That happened a few years ago. A chimney sweep didn;t know that and walked on the foor, breaking some 20 slates. I never paid the chimney sweep because of that.

The two streaks you see are insulation that the squirrels removed.

The roof is scheduled for repair in the spring so we'll take take of the hole then.



 

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