An alternative to a ladder
I love to work on our house. I don’t even mind working on the roof, but I have to admit, I really don’t like ladders very much. So before I started the dormer project to improve our upstairs bedrooms, I spent a few hours building the staircase shown here. It’s steeper than a regular staircase, but it was really easy to get up and down. The handrails, which are a little less steep than the stair, made an excellent track for delivering sheet goods to the roof. I could put a full sheet of plywood across the rails, and just push it on up as I climbed the treads. Full control–no problem.
I probably went up and down this rig a thousand times during this project, and I expect the time I saved not fussing with a ladder more than made up for the time it took to build the thing.