I have a rural house on a slope. Front side of garage and back side of
breezeway and backside of upslope section of house have level surfaces
(driveway or deck); the rest is lawn or mulched area. The house has
three main sections from the outside with the vaulted section in the
middle and lower sections on each side--all have long overhanging
arches. The vaulted section and downslope section are grass in back
and mulched area in front. Non vault areas at eaves are about 9-10
feet from ground (which is none too even) and vaulted area is about
same in front because of porch but about 13-14 feet from ground in
back grass area.
Seeking advice on keeping ladder from moving out of place when
cleaning/repairing gutters or spraying moss killer from a hose end
sprayer onto roof. Using a 17' Cosco Multi-Purpose ladder as the
extension ladder. Thinking of placing a 2X4 with water filled cat
litter pails backing it against the ground legs of ladder or maybe
four 40 pound bags of water conditioner salt against the ladder legs;
perhaps sacks of something else heavy if the salt bags don't seem
durable and nonslippery enough. Do these seem practical ideas? Anyone
have better suggestions to prevent "kickout"?
To help prevent side to side motion at top I've not thought of
anything better than putting clamps on side of fascia which doesn't
sound much help if top of ladder is against fascia and doesn't sound
any help if I put some wood in the gutters and lean the ladder against
them for greater height. Don't want to try putting eyebolts in fascia
for top tie offs because of difficulty putting them in originally,
unsureness of whether this would affect weather proofing in rainy,
humid Western Washington and becauxe of appearance (also would need to
buy some tools I'd like to put off spending the money on now and
clearing out garage space to store properly in order to put in
eyebolts safely and quickly). Advice?
Suggestions regarding questions I didn't think to ask?
Maybe I'm far overconcerned about ladder slippage. No experience with
houses that had steep roofs or didn't have level surfaces around
them. Rarely used extension ladders. No recent experience at all, as
I've been an apartment renter for decades.
Simple, inexpensive but effective suggestions preferred but I'll do
what's necessary. Just regained my health this year and want to stay
alive and uninjured to enjoy the experience. Household maintenance
isn't my idea of fun but it does need doing and I'm in a catchup
position and the weather is good for outdoor work right now.
All helpful or well-intended advice welcome.