Depends on the overlap and the length of the original ladders.
Assuming you are about 6' tall you should be able to reach up about 7'6" to
push up the second laddder by hand.
So if you have two 5m ladders you can achieve the combined length without
Hmmm...then again you need a slope for safety so you need a longer reach
than that :-(
For shorter ladder lengths without pulleys you have to either use a 'pushing
device' such as a piece of wood to extend the ladder when it is upright, or
extend it on the ground first (which will then require a lot of space and
muscle to get it upright).
Builders who have no fear stand on the lower bit, lean back a bit then
extend the upper bit in jerks up the wall.
Not my idea of fun.
Not recommended for obvious reasons.
To decorate the front of a house I would recommend hiring a scaffolding
tower - much easier and safer to work from :-)
On Sat, 9 Aug 2003 06:31:09 +0100, "David W.E. Roberts"
I use two methods...
1) extend the ladder on the ground. then lift it.....ok if not too
2) Walk it up the wall a rung at a time...lean the ladder against the
wall...pull it out a bit and lift the second section up so the top
'walks' up the wall.
If you're rising up a ladder to seven metres you'll only get a small section
painted at a time. A lot of coming and going up and down the ladder in my
mind. Hire a cherry picker for the day and do the whole thing properly and
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
What sort of cost is that?
Someone used to park one down my road every night, but I haven't seen
it for a while now. Are they DIY, or you you have to get the company
to rig up the stabalisers, etc, as I could imagine one used by someone
who doesn't know what they're doing toppling over.
Just to say, cherry pickers can be great fun, but also very scary. I
used to drive a large (70ft boom) machine at a previous place of
employment. It was great because it had a huge stable base and needed no
stabilisers, you could drive it to site (private roads etc.) and get up
to the workplace without having to get down and set it up.
The scary thing was that the tyres made it rather "soft" and it bounced
around quite a bit as you moved the boom - particularly at full stretch
- as I found out while taking my "IPAF" licence test.
Not very good on uneven or sloping ground though...
...if you ever get the chance to have a go in a cherry picker, do so :-)
...but scaffolding may well be cheaper.
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Gotta agree with you - cherry pickers are WELL exciting, especially moving
at full boom extension! Was up one at 2am (night shift) in a plant working
on the high bay sodium lighting. Looked down and could see a perfectly
circular rainbow about 30 ft below. Several admiring minutes were passed
before I realised the rainbow was being caused by a fine spray of hydraulic
oil - the 30 or so seconds back to terra-firma were possibly the longest of
my life. Turns out the spray was coming from a split hose. Still, I suppose
it counts as DIY as I didn't need to buy a ready made laxative ;-)
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