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Thread: How often do I use my ladder?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas

    How often do I use my ladder?

    Actually, not very often. Largely because of my philosophy that old men and ladders are a bad mix.
    I believe my ER Doc son would agree. And, I have seen many friends who ended up with very serious injuries for using ladders when the shouldn't have.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    I agree, anything over 2 steps I call the neighbor kid over.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Makes a nice trellis, Frank!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    I am convinced the only safe way to go up a ladder is to lean it at the correct angle, stake it at the bottom, tie it off at the top, and get someone else to go up it.

    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Sell it and put money into black powder far more useful and safer for u.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    One of the ladders at our previous house went unused for so long that birds built a nest on one of the rungs. Once that happened, that ladder stayed in place for several years until I could remove the nest in the off season.

    I still use ladders, but it's out of necessity, not desire.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Used to bounce on top of a 28' wooden extension ladder perched mid-strand in wind. Old days at the phone company. Now slitting my wrists make more sense.

    I did get one of those Little Giants ladders a while back off of Craig's list. Twenty cents on the dollar. Can't lose money on that deal. Got the extendable ramp as well.

    Thought I'd need it for the house build.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

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    Carol Reed

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    the only time I hurt myself with a ladder was 2o years, I was standing on bottom step peeling off wall paper and I stepped down and the carpet underneath balled up and I tripped backwards and severely twisted my ankle.
    My kids walked in from school around the same time and found me laying there like a beached whale.

    Ive been lucky, I use ladders constantly, and I have a damaged nerve in my left foot, should not be on ladders, but with my children gone, I find I need to get on ladders a lot, Im just very very very careful. I don't do any daredevil stunts on them.
    I have a little giant ladder, but feel the flat steps on my 30 year step ladder are easier to stand on and more secure.
    Human Test Dummy

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    just south of the LA/MS border off of I-55
    I still use ladders, more than I want to. I usually find a way to secure them pretty solidly like strapping a stepladder down to my large flat trailer. The only way the ladder was going over was if trailer and all did. A couple thousand pounds of trailer and I felt pretty secure.

    I have a limb in the front yard as a reminder not to trim trees from a ladder, not large limbs anyway. Lot's of youtube video to show this isn't a bright move but the limb in the front yard is a fine illustration too. It is a long limb and broke near the crotch, right where someone would be trimming it from a ladder. It is an eight or ten inch limb, maybe twenty to twenty five feet long, and every bit of it is on the opposite side of the tree trunk from the side the limb was on. The end of the limb hit ground before the big end at the crotch broke free and then despite being dead springboarded the entire limb twenty feet or so. Had a climber or ladder been in the way . . . .

    I had just turned eighteen and gotten a job hanging insulation and sheet metal in a petro-chem plant. I was out on a permit and union construction pay was nine and a nickel an hour, I was in tall cotton! There was a pipe rack sixty feet in the air and an old wooden extension ladder to get up into the rack. It was angled up pretty steeply to reach and had a lot of movement to it the first time I went up. I wired the top very solidly to the steel I-beam it was leaning against and went on about my business. I headed up the ladder a little too fast a couple times and had to stop climbing and hang on for dear life about the time I got midway. The ladder started flexing back and forth and was moving six feet or more total. Few fair rides offered such a thrill!

    I was proceeding up the ladder rather cautiously after eating lunch one day. I had a few things in one hand and you needed two hands when that ladder went to bucking. My foreman saw me and told me to get on up the ladder, added a few frills and flourishes to his instructions! I didn't say a thing. Next day he was trying to holler up from the ground to tell me something but I couldn't hear him. Not being the patient sort he sailed up the ladder. It did the rodeo horse thing with him about halfway up and he locked on until the ladder settled down, completely down dead still. When he climbed up to me I just looked at him and commented, "it gets a little whippy about halfway up or a little more if you get in too big of a hurry." I didn't get any more foolishness about taking too long going up the ladder after that. The wooden ladders were outlawed not too long afterwards. The aluminum and fiberglass ones could get a little interesting but they never compared to that old worn out wooden ladder. I heard that some of the old wooden extension ladders were as long as 120 feet. I think if I had to climb one of them and it even halfway compared to the ride that the sixty footer gave me I would have drawn my time.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Jesus was a Woodworker

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