I need to cut back the ivy on the back wall of my house. Unfortunately
there is a pond just off this wall making the siting of a ladder less
than straightforward---I suspect this is why the ivy has become
overgrown prior to me moving in. The rough dimensions are below.
House height to eaves 5m
Pond (irregular shape) width 2.5m
Space between bottom of house wall and boundary wall: 4m
The space between the pond and the two walls is variable but there is at
least a foot at the boundary side and at least two feet at the house
Something like this (fixed width font):
BOUNDARY @ WALL
I'm not sure how deep the pond is (not very) or what the base is like,
though it looks butyl-lined.
So far my thoughts are:
1. Some sort of base-board put into bottom of pond and ladders rested on
2. Some sort of plank/ladder placed across pond and ladders rested on
I can see lots of problems with, some messy and some dangerous. Any
thoughts from ladder experts?
You would probable be safer constructing a scaffold tower to span across the
pond then building it up from there. It's going to be much safer than
anything you can lash together with boards and ladders.
As Serial Bodger says, the safest way is hire a tower scaffold for a couple
of days and erect this so that it spans over the pond.
The knock on effect of this is that if the ivy has damaged the building you
can repair this damage quickly and safely off the scaffold - and whilst it
is there, why not take the opportunity to paint any fascias, soffits,
bargeboards and windows that would otherwise be inaccessible and also clear
out any debris that is in the gutters.
OK so it take a bit longer but you won't have to worry for a few years about
One other thought, if you are unable to get a modular tower scaffold near
the site, a scaffold company can erect a tubular scaffold on that side of
the house for a fairly reasonable cost and that usually include two weeks
hire as well.
Believe me, if there are situations where ladders can slip, no matter what
you do to stop them they probably will and the ground is a damn site harder
than you are.
The trick is not to damamge the pond. It may be worth a lot of dosh,
depending on what is in it:
Also the ivy is a host to all sorts of song birds. Everything from
Wood Pigeon down to wrens feed on or by the berries that only come
from mature 4 to 5 year old ivy. Perhaps that is why it was left
growing. Check out what was nesting in there a few weeks back.
I sooooooooo do wish people would cut their replies to the bone. There
is no need for a repeat of the whole message in most replies. Can Do
It One's Selfers be so bone idle? This is by far the worst site for
such a lack of etiquette.
Sometimes needed for the reply to make a little sense as there must be a
number of posters in the group who ARE rather busy and may not be able to
spend the time looking through a very long thread to try and make sense of
the answer(s) that have been given.
This reply has been cut to the bone and beyond and a reading of other
postings will be needed to make sense to anybody else other than you or I.
Oh! and the proper term is netiquette of which I am aware and which also
includes the leaving in of sufficient detail to make sense, links to other
posts, bottom posting of replies, spam, advertising and unnecessary
Thank you for your time in pointing this out.
Even with thick carpet, there's bound to be stones in the base and any
pressure will probably push 'em through.
Possible, but not great. Maybe a plank with a stop nailed on to
prevent the ladder sliding, and some stability planks (think of a
giant H, the crossbar going over the pond). Not exactly ideal, though.
Grownup scaffolding is probably the only "safe" option here. Another
is ropework (rope over roof, abseiling/ascending gear) - not
recommended unless you have experience.
The "normal" tower (mini) scaffolding is generally only four feet
square, so ain't gonna be a lot of use here unless you can find one at
least 3m so it can span the pond safely.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
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