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Hand-Operated Winch On Ladder
Hauling 50-lb. packs of roofing shingles up a ladder can be hard work. To make the job easier I use a hand-operated winch attached to a board on back of the ladder. Cable from the winch leads up to a pulley on the ladder's top rung, and then back down to an L-shaped wooden carrier with a hook on top of it. Four small metal trolleys on back of the carrier keep it from accidentally sliding off the side of the ladder.
  I came up with this hand-pumped splitter that's powered by a standard 6-ton bottle jack. The splitter is made from 1/2-in. thick steel. The jack bolts on top of the splitting wedge. I just set a log below the wedge and pump the handle to split it. It's safer than an axe or powered splitter, and it doesn't take up much room so I can keep it handy to use whenever I have time. The jack raises nine inches. (Frank Krakow, New Albany, Ind.)

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6