OK, not really that dramatic, but I pulled out my old trusty 5 1/2' wooden step ladder today and saw that it had failed, just leaning up against the wall. It was made by the Topping Ladder Company of Marion NY
My Dad bought it for us when we bought our first house in Rochester NY in 1973, it traveled to Philadelphia and then went into storage when we went sailing, and it finally moved down to Florida in 1994. Every time I used it I would think of all the projects it had seen. I'm not a very neat painter so there were lots of drips, a historical pallet of our remodeling projects. And, since he has been gone for 7 years, using the ladder has often made my memories of my Dad that more vivid.
I don't think it is safe to patch a ladder that has failed, so off to the garbage pickup it goes. And the Topping Company closed its doors in 1997.
Yes, it was heavy, but I always felt secure on it, guess I'll have to find a replacement and start creating another historical pallet!
What tools do you have that bring back special memories?