How many of you use a five gallon plastic bucket for a ladder? I know it's
not such a good idea, and I cringe when I see someone else do it, from being
a safety professional and suffering from the hypervigilance of PTSD. And
yet, I just did it, and with little reservation. I have seen people "walk"
these remarkable distances, and use them quite adroitly. I also have heard
tales of woe and steel pins and screws. And yet, if I need to do something
straight up, and all I need is a foot or two, I grab a bucket, because I can
never find the damn ladder.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson -
I'll second the steel pins and screws stories. 2 coworkers of mine, in
seperate incidents, trashed themselves pretty badly with stupid falls
doing household repairs with improper ladder rigging. One is back up and
running, although he limps a little, can forecast the weather, and has
to carry a letter for airport security. The other guy, well, he is sorta
back to work, uses a cane now, but he ain't ever gonna be right.
I was already getting a little more paranoid with advancing age, but now
I double-check everything before I leave ground level.
Don't ignore ground level - slippery floors, lighting, look out for
blind drivers backing out of parking spaces. Fortunately, my daughter
is a sales rep for human hardware - if I ever break a bone, I will have
an "in" with select orthopedic surgeons and, perhaps, a discount on the
hardware. Knock on wood. Had nasty, painful tendonitis in each
shoulder, separately. Took anti-inflammatories until they made my
stomach hurt. Decided I could go another 10 years without my family doc
- switched to hot showers with stretching exercises (alone:o) So far,
for the past 35 years, ice packs and/or heating pads have cured all that
has ailed me.
In my kitchen I have a small folding 2-step stepstool. SWMBO is
vertically challenged compared to Yours Truly, you see, therefore
sometimes I put things on a shelf that I can reach but she can't.
Handiest little thing ever, use it a lot for other uses, e.g. waxing the
top of a pickup truck camper shell etc. (why are Fords so damn tall,
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Same here. I rehabbed and added an addition to my house before I
wised up and bought one of those stepstools. First time I used it I
realized I should have bought one 20 years earlier. Now I am debating
buying a second one to keep in the garage/shop.
What a bunch of girly men...LOL...JUST KIDDING....I use a bucket all the
time..As a drywaller there is ALWAYS one around..LOL...But then again I use
stilts as well....Sometimes I even walk out into stairwells with stilts on a
plank out to an extension ladder to tape the top of the stairwell....I also
roll Baker staging around like a skateboard....I do use eye protection and
dust masks when needed though..LOL....The house I'm doing right now has a
cathedral ceiling 3 sets high on wheels...Welcome to MY world....LOL....
I will occasionally use a bucket, but first I'll stress test it a
little to make sure it hasn't gotten brittle and make sure I can
safely land in any direction. I'll usually avoid it though. Not much
worse than the wobbly step ladder we recently threw out...because I
was afraid someone would get killed on it...
No, I don't Steve. The bottoms cave in and they tip too easy. And for
many of my adult years I lived where 20-30 below zero winters were
common. Using it when it was cold they're sure to break. Using it when
they've been exposed to that cold for some time they get brittle even
after warming up.
I do have a 2 step (real) stepladder. My "cheat" ladders are plastic milk
crates. Even those will tilt over if the weight is on the edge only. More
stable because they're shorter than a bucket but what height is best for
a cheater? Well, how long does the dog want his leash? Just a little
longer of course.
Sorry, I used either a two-step plastic folding thing that is weight-tested
for my mass, or a three step metal folding step ladder with similar promise
of strength, or the real thing, depending on which one suits my needs of the
moment. Plastic buckets are not a good idea, and neither are milk crates.
When you fall after 40 you no longer bounce back up, you just lay there and
ring. And I am pushing 50, only a few months away.
My $.02. YMMV
OOh- flashback. I used to be able to stand on the subfloor in a just
framed house, jump up, grab a ceiling joist, and pull myself up into the
attic. That was several decades and at least 30 pounds ago, though.
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