I have an aluminum extension ladder that I use every other year or so
to get on the roof, otherwise it takes up space in the garage. Can I
just leave it under the deck in the backyard? It will get wet but
shouldn't rust although I guess the rope that operates the extension
will rot and need to be replaced. Will the mechanism itself develop
On Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:33:52 +0000, Sjouke Burry wrote:
Hmm, isn't the aim for most burglaries to get into the house unseen as
quickly as possible - so entry via a lower window is preferable to
fetching a ladder and going in via the top (assuming that the upper floor
windows are closed, I suppose :-)
The bottom of my deck joists are just under 6' above the ground, so I
can walk underneath it.
I screwed brackets to the block wall under the deck and hang my 28'
ladder on the hooks.
I attached some plywood to the bottom of the joists, sloped to form a
~1' "roof" over the ladder so that any water that drips through the
deck boards doesn't drip onto the ladder.
The ladder been stored that way for over 20 years.
Same here. I keep it under part of the house eaves.
Been doing it for 15 years. The only concern I have is
that while the ladder is aluminum, the two bolts that
connect the latching part to the ladder are steel and
have rust on them. Probably not a big deal, as they
still appear to be intact and the rust probably is just
on the surface. Still, I do think about it when I'm on
The rope deteriorated, but that's easily replaced. If
storing under a deck, I'd find some concrete blocks
or similar to keep it off the ground.
I leave mine outside and , after many years, have noticed no
deterioration in the metal.... HOWEVER, I use mine mostly for
cleaning out gutters, and have some shag carpet duct taped
around the top 2 feet so it won't scratch the gutter that U
set it against..... That deteriorates.... I am considering just
making some carpet "sleeves" that I can slip on an off.....
Just an idea...
Maybe some innovative inventor will make a product like that
and get rich ....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
You can get rubber 'boots' that slip over the ends of the ladder for just
that purpose (although I suppose, being at the top, they should be called
I normally just tie some cloth or something around the ends as/when
Both of my ladders just live in one of my open vehicle sheds, so they're
covered, but still exposed to damp air (but I need to be careful where I
put them as the front half of the sheds fill up with snow over winter).
Putting some hanging hooks on the back wall has been on the to-do list
for more months than I care to think about ;)
On Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:24:20 -0700, Steve B wrote:
Yeah, that's the critter :-) We're on an old farm and have a couple out
back which will take two (large) vehicles each (plus a big enclosed
garage nearer to the house, so the sheds mostly get used for random
Maybe there's a better term for them (I'm an ex-Brit and we would have
called them 'open' there, even though they have walls on 3 sides, but I
suppose that doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense!)
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