Sometimes you don’t get the ideal ladder set-up that you would like, so a little improvising for safety sake comes into play.
Had to do a ladder set on slick tile and the best option was to tie a rope around the footing of the ladder to a secure object. I always keep a few odds and ends in the van for such tasks. I even have two rebars that a few jobs I hammered into the ground and used them as tie-offs.
Do you keep gear handy for the unexpected?
THAT’S USING YOUR DIPSTICK JIMMY!
Seriously, you are using your head. That’s a SMART way of being safe.
I’ve done similar things in the past. Here’s one example:
Another time I had my 28’ at full extension to reach a set of large casements on a ccu. The landscaping was kinda sketchy, and I was going to be working right near the top of the ladder. So I used a ratchet strap and secured it around the mullion/frame between the two casements. Worked out to be very secure that way.
I keep a few dozen feet of 550 paracord, along with a sticky rug mat in my toolbox at all times
I’ve used the paracord to secure my ladder as well as haul a tool bucket up after myself for balcony work.
The rug mat makes a nice non-skid surface for my ladder feet on pavers and concrete.
Yep, I have a couple of rubber mats for smooth floor interior ladder work and to protect floors.
Have done that too. Once at a CCU the landscaping was just loose dirt and dropped off
really steep. I put a couple of pieces of rebar in the ground and also tied off to a 2 x 4 I put inside
and spanning the first floor window just below where I was cleaning. The list of stupid ladder moves
is much longer…
ladders bad, WFP GOOOOD…lol
Continuing the discussion from Secure ladder:
Low and behold, I clicked the link, only to find a rant from me…
Yeah, for the most part…
Except for that whole ‘water freezes at 32º’ thing.
Just switch to hot water👍🏻
“Just move South” would have been a better answer…
Because it’s logistically easier.
I’m guessing you “Ain’t From Around These Parts, Are Ya?”
You beat me to it! I was gonna say “Just move to Florida”
Water is always liquid here.
And that’s why I hate you!
Nothing personal, I like you as a person, but I will be forever envious of you and your liquid water…
You can move to Venice when you retire. And have me wash your windows…
Someone please let me know what this links to. I’ve clicked one too many of J’s youtube links…
Thats hilarious Alex!
Its safe! “People throwing boiling water into the freezing air.”
Hey Samuel have you ever gone over to coco beach area or Sebastian inlet? I lived in Melbourne for 4 years doing torch down roofing. Loved it there, I really miss Florida. The water here doesn’t stay liquid either. Cold winters. Do any sailing down there? I lived on a sailboat while I was living there. Really good memories.
Never been to cocoa beach, but I have gone across the state to West Palm a few times. I don’t make much use of the coastal water to be honest. But I do enjoy kayaking in the rivers. I live just a few minutes away from some very nice state parks and my wife and I make it a point to visit frequently.