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Tire Tread Makes Ladder Safer
Getting on and off a ladder that's placed against a tree trunk or pole can be a tippy business.
  That's why Bob LeMay came up with a simple homemade attachment for his extension ladder.
  It consists of a twisted tire sidewall, bolted securely with washers to the top end of the ladder.
  "It offers good contact and slip resistance against buildings, and the rubber surface flexes to center the ladder on any vertical objects that aren't flat," says LeMay. "The tire's wire-type bead prevents the rubber from fracturing as the sidewall ages. For extra safety, it's a good idea to also tie the top end of the ladder to whatever you're resting it against."

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2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4