On my extension ladder, the rope is tied to the bottom rung of the fly
section and goes up between the rungs and through the pulley attached to
the top rung of the base section. The rope then just hangs down from
the pulley when the ladder is in use. When the ladder is in storage, I
normally just tie the end of the rope around a pair of rungs of both
sections just to keep the rope from being all over the place and the
When I want to set the ladder up, I untie the rope, set the ladder
against the wall (or whatever), then lift the ladder so it's vertical
and pull the rope to lift the fly section up the base section to the
height I need.
NOW, A SURPRISING NUMBER OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY GET FROM A
LADDER ONTO A ROOF OR VICE VERSA.
I often see newbies set up their ladder so that it's only a foot or two
above the eve of their house and they risk life and limb getting from
the ladder onto the roof or from the roof onto the ladder. The correct
and safe way of doing it is to raise the ladder so the top of the ladder
is a good 4 or 5 feet above the roof line. Climb the ladder so that
you're high enough so that you can step directly from the ladder onto
the roof. And when you're going from roof back onto the ladder, you can
step from the roof directly onto the ladder without having to do
anything dangerous at the top of the ladder. If your ladder isn't long
enough to be able to step from roof to ladder and from ladder to roof,
then you need a longer ladder.
If a helper is available, you should have someone put their weight on
the bottom of the ladder while you are going from ladder to roof or from
roof to ladder so that the ladder doesn't move.
Whenever possible, take a bungee cord up the ladder with you to anchor
the top of the ladder against whatever is available, like an evestrough
or metal flashing around a flat roof or whatever. As far as possible,
you want to keep that bungee cord secured on the opposite side of the
ladder than the side you're climbing to make sure It doesn't catch on
your shoe and cause you to trip.
And, if you put your ladder against the END of a gable roof (rather than
anywhere along the eve) always step from the ladder onto the lower part
of the roof when getting onto the roof and from the lower part of the
roof onto the ladder when getting onto the ladder.
This is all simple stuff, but I see so many people taking dangerous
risks because they don't know how to get from roof to ladder and ladder
to roof without risking their lives, and it' a shame. Some simple
instruction would save these people from taking such dangerous risks.