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Old 01-05-2019, 10:28 PM   #1
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Hey guys so I’m not really afraid of heights, as long as I’m on level ground in an interior. I can literally stand on the top of an a frame ladder and cut in with no worries. But when it comes to exteriors, I don’t feel comfortable on unlevel ground etc.

What tools or ladders do you use on an exterior so that you can reach all of those tough to reach places without compromising safety?

I wanna get set up this year so I can be comfortable on all sorts of exteriors, because I really think I can make more money if I take more of them.
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Hey guys so Iím not really afraid of heights, as long as Iím on level ground in an interior. I can literally stand on the top of an a frame ladder and cut in with no worries. But when it comes to exteriors, I donít feel comfortable on unlevel ground etc.

What tools or ladders do you use on an exterior so that you can reach all of those tough to reach places without compromising safety?

I wanna get set up this year so I can be comfortable on all sorts of exteriors, because I really think I can make more money if I take more of them.
I've found there's plenty of money to be made 28 feet and lower.

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SCAFFOLDING!!! If you plan to do a lot of exteriors it is a great investment. I do very little exterior work but if forced to go 2nd or 3rd story for my best clients I'd rent a lift. I do not do ladder work above the ground floor.
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Scaffolding has it's place but requires something to haul it in if you have a lot of it, like a trailer, a place to store it and someone to help set it up. A lift is great in a lot of situations but you can't always get them in tight spots. The best way is to just walk away from jobs that you are not tooled up for or don't feel comfortable with. I don't like working off of scaffolding.
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Ladder levelers and stabilizers can help a lot in securing any ladder more safely. But the bottom line for me is any situation that creates safety uncertainty is simply one I will not undertake. What we do is dangerous enough without going beyond our comfort zones.
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Stand offs, pivit ladder tool, brush extension and longest pole possible can help get those hard to reach areas even from the ground. Some ladders have adjustable feet for uneven ground so you don't need 2x4s or a stack of sanding sponges... Another person to help manage a 32 ft ladder. That will get a lot of jobs done without a lift
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Get yourself levelers for your ladders. I have three of them. They are on my bigger extentior ladders. I use rhe Pivit Tool for the smaller extension laders and A frames.


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All off my extension ladders have LADDER ACCESSORIES 600C Ladder Leveler on them. Other brands make levelers, but these are great because you can easily raise any lower the leveler with your foot and theyíre infinitely adjustable.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. That product on amazon looks good. Do you guys know of those things you put in ladder rungs that sit on the roof so you can paint the eavestrough?
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Thanks for the advice everyone. That product on amazon looks good. Do you guys know of those things you put in ladder rungs that sit on the roof so you can paint the eavestrough?
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Werner-Q...AC78/100658388
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