DIY Survey: The Ladder Dilemma

DIY Survey: The Ladder Dilemma

Last week we wrote about the basic tools we use frequently for a variety of DIY projects. Last night — while hanging a light in the foyer — we realized one big item missing from the list: a ladder. It seems that every apartment either of us have lived in had ceilings over 9 feet, which is well beyond the threshold for safely standing on a chair or table. Like most apartment dwellers, we don't own a ladder and have had some interesting experiences tracking one down in the past. Follow the jump to take our ladder dilemma survey...

Luckily our current landlord has a nice aluminum step ladder stashed in the basement which we're free to use anytime we paint or hang lights. Our last apartment, however, was a huge building with many units and no such luxury. But there was a bar next door with a lovely ladder chained outside, and — with some friendly negotiating — they were willing to let us borrow it for the weekend. Try walking up to a bartender and asking for a ladder instead of a drink, the look is priceless...

When you need a proper ladder and there's no friendly neighborhood bar in sight, there really is no good alternative. We'll admit to some questionable rigging of chairs and tables in the past but this is almost always a bad idea. Short step ladders are never much taller than a chair so we never found them useful.

photos via constructionfun

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