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puttster 03-18-2013 10:12 AM

Need a taller ladder
I want to clean and screen my gutters but my 14 ft extension ladder is two feet short. I was thinking of bolting some boards or metal of some kind along the sides to make my own extension. Anyone seen something like this or have some ideas on how best to do it?

Was thinking of removing the end caps and using a piece of plywood laminated to a pine board on each side to make the extensions. I did not like the idea of using one single board, in case it decided to split. Maybe using some threaded rod through the rungs to hold them tight?


Gymschu 03-18-2013 10:30 AM

I don't think you will get too many responses or endorsements for what you are trying to do. Once you change a ladder in any way, you void any warranties and put yourself at INCREDIBLE risk for injury. Ladder injuries are the #1 jobsite cause of injuries and DEATH.

hammerlane 03-18-2013 10:37 AM


Originally Posted by puttster (Post 1140016)
Anyone seen something like this or have some ideas on how best to do it?

No have not seen anything like that. If you do rig something up please post a photo.

When I need a larger than the 16' ladder that I have, I brorrow my neighbor's 24'

ddawg16 03-18-2013 11:10 AM

Have you fallen 14'? I fell 5' sideways off a ladder HURT...a LOT. I would not want to fall any further than that.

What you are proposing is the stuff Darwin stories are made of. Time to spend some bucks and get the right size ladder.

Dorado 03-18-2013 11:34 AM

I wonder whether you need a 16' ladder or you really need an 20' ladder. A ladder should extend 3 feet above the roof.

joecaption 03-18-2013 11:37 AM

Might want to check on Craigs List someone always has them on sale there under tools.
Do not buy just a cheap homeowners grade ladder. Look for an aluminum or fiberglass class 1A.

Buy a ladder stand off and the stand off can sit on the roof and the ladder will not be sitting on the gutters and be less likly to tip over.

puttster 03-18-2013 01:20 PM

Is there anything specifically wrong with my design? I'd like to know beforehand :)

joecaption 03-18-2013 01:29 PM

Compleatly unsafe!!!
Lets put it this way If I walk up to one of my jobs and saw one of my gu ys had made alterations to a ladder he would be fired on the spot.
If OSHA ever saw someone on a ladder like that the whole job would be shut down.
It just a very very bad idea.

retired guy 60 03-18-2013 01:41 PM

Not safe. Buy a new ladder. One visit to the emergency room will cost many times the cost of a new ladder. I understand that money may be an issue but if it wasn't the Little Giant ladder is the way to go. Versatile, solid but somewhat heavy. Nope, I don't have stock in the company. Just happy with the product.

Dorado 03-18-2013 01:52 PM

None of us really know that your design would be unsafe. It's just that if you were a professional then you'd be violating OSHA, and we don't know what kind of quality control you have and you probably wouldn't test it as well as ladder manufacturers test their ladders or design it as well to begin with. What you want to do is generally considered unsafe. You'd be better off building a wide 2' high platform, and maybe you could reuse the wood. Maybe people would be willing to help you with that. Nobody here has experience in ladder modification.

joecaption 03-18-2013 02:11 PM

And the reason for no one having any experiance altering a ladder anyone that does this for a living would know better then to even try do it.

cdaniels 03-18-2013 03:42 PM

Get a ladder long enough for your needs.Anything else is unsafe.I wouldn't even consider it.

Hardway 03-18-2013 03:51 PM

Not worth the risk, A good heavy duty ladder is cheap compared to the cost of a fall!:eek:

Windows on Wash 03-18-2013 04:09 PM

I say go for it!!

This is what I would refer to as sarcasm.

Do not do this...!!!! Borrow a ladder.

Brushjockey 03-18-2013 04:47 PM

I got rid of my taller ladders - didn't want to store them for occasional use. Now I let the rental company store them.
Rent the right one. Not expensive, the right thing to do.[IMG]http.../safety_07.jpg

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