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Extension ladder workout

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I recently decided to clean my gutters. Out came the Werner 28' Type 1A Aluminum Extension Ladder - all 56 lbs. Now that's a workout! Raising and lowering this puppy, not to mention climbing up it, is not for the faint of heart. Every time I use this ladder I have a renewed appreciation for painters, roofers, siding installers, and other such professions. Strength, balance, and technique, and caution all come into play simultaneously. Well, it turns out some of my gutters are higher than the ladder can reach. I am now debating whether to purchase a 32' ladder, or hire someone to clean the remaining gutters. And, there are a section of gutters on the second story which cannot be reached directly by a ladder because they are above a one story sunroom which has a peaked roof perpendicular to the house, requiring a different solution. So there you have it - your typical homeowner project with the inevitable obstacles.

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