While this tool is kind of diy-ish, it is most definitely worth the space it will occupy when not in use in order to capitalize on the space it doesn’t take up when being mobilized for use. Sort of in the spirit of the Werner Telescoping ladder, but without the multi-functionality. But still, the ability to pack an extension ladder in the backseat has a definite appeal.
If you get sick of strapping ladders to roof racks, this is a great option for occasional use. Especially in the winter. We all know that at the end of a project, one of the last bits of salt in the wound is the loadout, especially the cumbersome and heavy items such as ladders. Sometimes “grab and go” is the best option! Most of us will take convenience every time, or at least give it a good, hard look.
One of the most common reasons we usually need to bring an extension ladder in on an interior repaint is for the stair way. In addition to ease of transport, the adjustability of this ladder enhances the convenience factors for sure.
Ladder Safety Tips
As always, remember safety first with ladders, even when working on interior paint projects. Floors can be slippery and ladders can slide. If you do not feel comfortable ascending the ladder, ask someone to stand on the bottom rung (called “footing” the ladder) while you are on it. Use a hook on your paint can to attach it to the ladder so that you have full use of your hands while on the ladder. Be especially careful when coming down the ladder as well. Most accidents happen when people get too comfortable on ladders.
The Xtend & Climb telescoping ladder is available at Sherwin Williams.