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Old 12-11-2015, 10:07 AM   #21
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I've never had that experience. But if I did, I would consider putting down the brush and starting up a macrame business. Maybe hanging plant holders, belts, and maybe painter sweaters.

J/K

I usually sing Christamas songs when I'm scared.
that would be a nice addition for your granola shoppe!
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My first job in the paint business was scraping barns to prep them. To get the peaks they would anchor a rope to the roof with a 12" wide disc with a hole in the middle at the bottom of the rope. They would then lower you down while you sat on the disc. Sometimes you could use the pulley system on the barn if it worked and you could reach what you needed to scrape. Sometimes I could walk or swing myself across the barn and find something to hang on to while i scraped with the other hand. I got pretty good at it after a summer. I actually got to re-paint/restore several hex signs because I had no fear of heights.

I always thought it was funny that they would let a 17 year old kid repaint the hex signs until one day I asked one of the painters why the older, more experienced guys didn't do it. His response was "they couldn't pay me enough to hang over the side 45-50' up like that!"

Ever since then, the older i get the closer to the ground I stay. Well once I got past 25 or so.
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I fell from a ladder this summer. I was stepping off of a roof jack onto a ladder. Foot slipped from the rung at the gutter. Landed on my feet. Couldn't believe it.

Got some more paint and went back up. I'm not afraid of heights...however, my senses were improved for a few days.
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Those videos certainly put most of our work in perspective, but I guess it's all relative. The second video still makes my feet hurt. Anybody else get that foot-throb sensation when witnessing daring acts?
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I think this might be my all time insane building climbing video:
(no ladders tho)

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Those videos certainly put most of our work in perspective, but I guess it's all relative. The second video still makes my feet hurt. Anybody else get that foot-throb sensation when witnessing daring acts?

My feet are about 30 inches lower than the two things in which I feel a strange sensation when I see those daring acts.



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When I was painting more than a dozen years ago I used to have some trepidation on the first exteriors of the season.

I don't paint anymore in my current job. I do, however, climb an occasional ladder for a cool perspective for a photo or to inspect rotted wood on a dormer. I was up a 40' ladder twice this summer. We typically use 40's and 32's on our jobs and occasionally break out our 48' ladder for those difficult to reach cornices and finials.

Anything higher than that and we are on either scaffolding or lifts.

Having a healthy fear/respect of heights is a good thing.
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As soon as you don't have fear and think its all good, that's when people get hurt.

Always keep in your mind your up high on a ladder, one wrong move can be your last.
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I never climb a ladder which I haven't set - or at least double checked it was to my satisfaction.

NEVER take safety for granted.



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When I'm on a scaffold, I never move my feet unless I look down first to make sure where I am on the plank......I almost stepped right off the edge of a scaffold about ten years ago.
I get a bit anxious on the first trip up a high ladder or scaffold ,but I just slow down and double check myself.
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I used to able to go up and down them no problem either. This summer I was up on a roof with a steep pitch and I was terrified about climbing back down. I sat up there for 20 mins figuring out how the hell I was going to get down.

I went and bought one of those roofers harness kits. Now it's no problem going up and down because I realize I have some safety



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One thing I really like is the rubber ladder bumpers that go on the end of the ladder. Not only do they protect the surface you are painting but they really grip well it sure helps prevent the ladder from sliding left to right. We also have leg levelers on the ladders and that is a big help too.
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Wanna hear something really dumb? Worst fall I ever took was off a 6 ft. 3rd degree sprained ankle, I really thought I broke it. After ALLLLL the crap I've done over the years that one stands out the most. It's the shorties that I get cocky with. Leaned up against the house, bad footing, etc. Just run of the mill stuff. Learned a good lesson tjough (that I need reminders on sometimes) never get complacent. 4 ft or 40 ft ya gotta give it the respect it deserves...an effing 6 ft...still shaking my head 10 yrs later....
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When I'm on a scaffold, I never move my feet unless I look down first to make sure where I am on the plank......I almost stepped right off the edge of a scaffold about ten years ago.
I get a bit anxious on the first trip up a high ladder or scaffold ,but I just slow down and double check myself.

Was it someone here? Or my brother who described that unexpected step down from one plank to the other as "the two inches of death" ?



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Wanna hear something really dumb? Worst fall I ever took was off a 6 ft. 3rd degree sprained ankle, I really thought I broke it. After ALLLLL the crap I've done over the years that one stands out the most. It's the shorties that I get cocky with. Leaned up against the house, bad footing, etc. Just run of the mill stuff. Learned a good lesson tjough (that I need reminders on sometimes) never get complacent. 4 ft or 40 ft ya gotta give it the respect it deserves...an effing 6 ft...still shaking my head 10 yrs later....
You're not the only one. Outta all the ladders I've been on thought the years the six footer has been the most dangerous for me. I'll spend a couple weeks working off a four footer then get into a house with higher ceilings and switch to a six. I can't tell you how many times I stepped down thinking I was on the ground and missed the bottom step. The worst time I caught my chin on the rung and bit my tongue, that sucked.

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Wanna hear something really dumb? Worst fall I ever took was off a 6 ft. 3rd degree sprained ankle, I really thought I broke it. After ALLLLL the crap I've done over the years that one stands out the most. It's the shorties that I get cocky with. Leaned up against the house, bad footing, etc. Just run of the mill stuff. Learned a good lesson tjough (that I need reminders on sometimes) never get complacent. 4 ft or 40 ft ya gotta give it the respect it deserves...an effing 6 ft...still shaking my head 10 yrs later....
I tripped and fell walking around my truck about a week ago! Slightly mangled both knees, an elbow, and my hand. Walking is pretty dangerous.(

Next we'll hear about someone rolling off the couch and knocking their teeth out on the coffee table.
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I tripped and fell walking around my truck about a week ago! Slightly mangled both knees, an elbow, and my hand. Walking is pretty dangerous.(

Next we'll hear about someone rolling off the couch and knocking their teeth out on the coffee table.
ROFL!! Wanna hear how I always end up coming off a 2ft on the wrong side? How about the time I came off it backwards and ended up in the heater vent.(still don't know why it wasn't covered...) In front of my boss. That was halarious (and so embarassing )it hurt like he77!!

I'm running caution tape around my coffee table now...lol
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You're not the only one. Outta all the ladders I've been on thought the years the six footer has been the most dangerous for me. I'll spend a couple weeks working off a four footer then get into a house with higher ceilings and switch to a six. I can't tell you how many times I stepped down thinking I was on the ground and missed the bottom step. The worst time I caught my chin on the rung and bit my tongue, that sucked.

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