extension ladder stabilizer U-bolts
I found among the junk I collect from various places an extension
ladder stabilizer, the wide U-shaped thing that makes the top of the
ladder wider, and spans windows.
But no hardware. Yesterday, I went to HDepot and Lowes**
U-bolts. Nothing square, nothing big enough. Do you know where I
can get any?? This is not such a big problem
I found one source online, but it required that I buy ten 2x7^^
square u-bolts for about 16 dollars plus $7 shipping**
*, and it turns
out I can buy a whole new stabilizer for only 20. ^^Is 2 inches wide
what I need? I could have opened one of the boxes at the store, but I
didn't really want to and I thought I'd be able to mail-order what I
need from Werner or Gorilla.
I looked at buying another stabilizer, only 20 dollars for Gorilla and
22 for Werner, but they are actually less deep than the one from the
junk. I could buy the new one just for the U-bolts, but I really
don't want to. Neither company offers to sell the hardware on their
webpage (and Gorilla is in Australia anyhow. I'm in Baltimore!)
Or I could buy an adjustable stabilizer, which would allow me to keep
the ladder more than 12 inches from my wall. Right now I'm trying to
firmly attach the gutters. My soffitts are about 12 inches deep, but
I'm not sure. Even the 12 inch deep stabilizer is deep enough to go
over the gutters and rest on the roof, but I can't get a feel for
doing that. That would make the force on the stabilizer by the roof,
up and around, so that it seems like it might get ripped off the
ladder, instead of when it is lower, being squeezed between the ladder
and the wall.
They're only a half mile apart on the same street.
*http://www.doityourself.com/invt/2370062 U-Bolts Square Bend -
Steel 2 by 7. It doesn't say it is for this purpose, but the
dimensions seem right. (Only: $1.60 [#2370062] Retail Value: $2.65
You save: $1.05 (39 %))
If I just buy U-bolts, I won't get the right-angle piece on each side,
which is there, I guess, to keep the thing from sliding down the
ladder, but maybe I could make them or twist the U-bolt 90 degrees and
get along without them.
Sorry this is so long. Thanks.