2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Add-On Safety Legs For Ladders
“Extended to maximum length, extension ladders get pretty wobbly and springy. Against a round building, they can fall to either side pretty easily and quickly,” says Rogers.
Unable to find a ladder with a wider base, Rogers decided to make braces to reinforce and stabilize his existing ladder. He cut short pieces of 1-in. aluminum pipe sized to fit inside the rungs of his ladder. He then cut 1-in. slots in the ends of 8 to 10-ft., 1 1/4-in. square aluminum tubing. After drilling holes through the square tubing and the pipes, he bolted them together.
“Before climbing the ladder, I insert the short pipes into ladder rungs and position the other end of the square tubes out to the side of the ladder and closer to the building the ladder rests against,” explains Rogers. “This way the ladder won’t move sideways in a wind, and it is reinforced, so it isn’t so springy when I am going up or down.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale Rogers, Box 59, Mayfair, Sask. Canada S0M 1S0 (ph 306 246-4577; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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