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Subject: [TowerTalk] Falling off ladder's.
From: "Jim Thomson" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 04:01:58 -0800
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Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 21:53:26 -0800
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Way more people fall of ladders and are killed or crippled ask any ER doctor
about Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  My friends 30 year old daughter
Debbie was cleaning a blocked downspout at 20 feet, the ladder went one way
and she the other, she landed on her head and death occurred one hour later.

I would much prefer to be on a tower than a ladder, at least the tower does
not move.....or should not anyway.

By the way it is much easier to fall off ladder because people tend lean out
sideways to reach things instead of climbing down and re-positioning the
ladder putting themselves off balance.

I remember that old expression "it's as easy as falling off a ladder"


##  agreed. Well over 2000 folks die each year falling off ladder's in the 
US...and that's
homeowners, and not pro's.  Somebody suggested a war on ladderism. At most, you 
have to take the rights of old geezer's away, since they are most prone per 
stats.  I bought
a  pair of those yellow, 3/8" thick ribbed rubber  things that slide over the 
ends of the ladder.
$10.00  a pair at home depot.  Aprx 5"  long.  The top of the ladder  flat out 
won't/can't slide
side to side.  It sticks like glue.  I have used em on both stucco, and also 
wood siding. 
Without em, the top of my 2 x piece AL  extension ladder only has these black 
plastic things,
which are a menace.  

I just abt lost it myself  a few yrs ago, when trying to unclog  an overflowing 
gutter.  8pm
in winter time, raining out, and the bottom of the ladder  was in the garden 
bed.  It was
fine to start with... then one ladder leg  sank way down into the mud !  The 
top of the ladder
did this violent shift to the left. Like an idiot, I had the top of the ladder 
resting on the
AL gutter.  It was AL  resting on AL, which is just asking for trbl. 

When the new roof and  gutter's  went on a couple of yrs later, I had em 
install the gutter
guards the entire length of all the gutters. It's just wide , thin AL plate, 
really long..with 
thousands of tiny holes.  Now I never have to clean anything.  It also 
strengthens the
gutter's  by a huge amount.  Zero problem's and money well spent.

Jim  VE7RF


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