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Old 03-18-2013, 08:54 PM   #31
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Since you're doing this, I'd recommend using some kind of aluminum-safe filler wherever you're compressing the ladder with the wood and fasteners, if the ladder has ridges in that area, so the ridges don't flatten out.

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #34
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Yeah, but once he gets those gutter screens in he will never have to clean his gutters ever again
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I tried several different gutter screens on my old house and they never worked worth a damn. When I built this house I installed Gutter Helmet gutters and haven't had a problem since.


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Guys like this never last. He will maybe not hurt himself this time, but their will come a time.
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I guess the responses you received were not what you wanted or expected. No one wants to see you get hurt or worse and no one wants the legal or moral rsponsibility for advising you to pursue action that may result in you getting hurt or worse. There are times when a man must assume the risk of serious injury (going into a burning building to save a child) and there are times when the risk is not justified (saving a few dollars). Good luck with your project and I hope you can report back that you were successful.
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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 will go against the convention and say save the $20 and go with your plan. I would climb on that.
Seems like you could care less about the name calling going on here and all the stories about people that people know that fell off of supposedly safe ladders. Why did they fall or trip. Who knows? But looks like your plan is good. I would climb it.
People will try and justify their comments by saying they care about your well being and dont want to see you hurt yourself. I think they are jealous that you thought of this idea on your own without any of their input.

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Do have someone take a picture of you on the ladder to prove all these nay-sayers wrong. Good luck and play it safe.
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All that work and danger to save $20? That's FRUGAL right there.
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rosem637:"I think they are jealous that you thought of this idea on your own without any of their input."
Jealous?
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If he's doing a project like that, he'll be on the roof for some other reason in the future and I think he needs to buy a ladder, not rent one.

You could safely turn it into a sawhorse or keep it tall and use it to hold tools while you're on the roof. The leverage is different now and the cross braces probably are no longer in the best place and the guage is too thin. You should be extra careful if you insist on climbing it.

If you or anyone else ever tries that with a fiberglass ladder, I bet you'll find cracks in it before too long. A good percentage of fiberglass ladders were found to have microcracks even when new and not mistreated, and there are lots of stories about people finding visible cracks in their fiberglass ladders. But fiberglass is probably the best choice for you as long as you don't modify it. Even if you don't do electrical work, metal parts of your home could become electrified and you could accidentally hit a powerline while carrying the ladder.
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The integrity and strength of the aluminum is now weak where you drilled through the ladder. It may crack, twist or snap.
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Yeah, he shouldn't remove the wood now. Once you do it there's no going back.

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Yeah, he shouldn't remove the wood now. Once you do it there's no going back.


No turning back for this lady. Now I'm jealous. That looks really comfortable. I wonder if they come off every morning to shower??

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