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Old 03-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #16
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I once saw a guy doing his own roof, 2 1/2 story home. The ladder he had wouldn't reach the eaves at one spot, due to being on a hill so he strapped a 6' step ladder to the top. He didn't die, but what your doing isn't far off that.
I once fell 3' when a ladder foot broke off and the ladder went sideways, tore my ankle to hell and was off work for a month.
Get a 20' ladder off of craigslist, it will likely be cheaper than one pro gutter cleaning.

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Old 03-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #17
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And you could sell your 14' ladder.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:48 PM   #18
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I dont know how heavy you are but a red tipped ladder is the lowest weight rating ladder there is. If you buy a new ladder, dont buy a red tip. I have used ladders for many many years, and I have never fallen, thank God. I always bought 28 footers, and at least Green Tipped. Over 28, and you are going to screw up your back unless you lift it often. You are best to rent a ladder if you need over 28, In my opinion. Always have at least three rungs up past the gutter, always tie off the ladder, and always keep the force of your weight straight down, never angular to the rungs. I put a piece of pressure sensitive EPDM tape on the back side of my side rails of my ladders where they hit the roof edge or gutter. This helps make them skid proof, and is a clear indicator of how far above the eaves they should be. Another thing I do is fill the rungs with foam (Stuff), and paint the foam after I cut it off flush after curing. It keeps the rungs from moaning as you go down the road.

Dont Fall. A good ladder is a hell of a lot cheaper than even a cheap casket.
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In the movies actors fall down, get up and dust themselves off. In the real world, people suffer broken bones, contusions, abrasions, spinal injuries, etc. The late Christopher Reeve was thrown from a horse. Not exactly the same as falling off a ladder but the results can be the similar. Be safe, not sorry.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:47 PM   #20
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Necessity is the mother of invention. I've done some crazy ladder stuff in my day, but even so, I would agree with the unanimous suggestion here. My doctor tripped over someone's foot in his waiting room, and spent the rest of his life in a wheel chair. You don't need to be twenty feet off the ground to get hurt, but it helps. Safety is always first. This is about as crazy as it gets these days.
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I had so much to say, but after that pic. well never mind.
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Okay, here is where I am so far. In the pic you can see one extension is finished, the other clamped and waiting for the glue to dry. You can also see where I had to chisel out the ply to make room for the rungs, so the extension would sit flush.



I have two bolts in, threaded rod through the rungs to follow.

The laminated board is only 2 1/4"wide, to match the width of the ladder. If you weigh 160 and the ladder is at 75 degrees you only have like a 40 lb load laterally, 20 pounds each extension. That's not much to ask of these boards.
You do need a 2 1/4 incher to fit inside the bracing but if you are fat, consider a 1 X 4" for the second board, for better lateral strength. Unfortunately no one could recommend that to me, but I will, for future DIYers.

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Proof. You can't cure stupid. You could just go rent the right ladder for about 25 bucks.
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It will probably be stronger than the original as long as you keep it bolted on, until weather and stress cause it to break and kill you. And forget about selling the ladder now. You can be sued if you do.
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I'm new here but I can't believe you are going ahead and making this abortion after all the advice given. If you were going to do it anyway why did you even ask? I had a good friend that did renovations on houses he bought to sell, for a side job. He fell of of a tall ladder, doing something stupid and almost died. He ended up with one leg shorter then the other and many other problems. I wish you luck.


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I had so much to say, but after that pic. well never mind.
What's wrong with that, lol? What do you think those two boys were doing after I went up that? They weren't posing. That's advanced rigging there boys.
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"You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink"

Have you given any thought to the flexural strength of the ladder when you add to the span? Apparently not. You have a red tip, cheap ass ladder there. The lowest load rating they make and you are altering it to increase the span. Please make sure your life insurance is paid up.

This is exactly what I mean when I say that survival of the fittest is mental as well as physical, and most Lawyers should be shot. You will probably break your back, end up in a wheelchair, then sue Werner or Louisville for not having a warning not to add to the length of their ladders.

There are so many warning tags on new extension cords today that you can electrocute yourself because you cant see the outlet, unless you cut them off.

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You will probably break your back, end up in a wheelchair,
Actually, he'll probably be fine and save money. There's a big safety margin built into ladders. I wouldn't recommend doing what he did, but we should be realistic about the danger. If it was a fiberglass ladder, I'd worry more.
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