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Extension ladders come with feet that pivot so that they can bear fully against a hard surface.
When using a ladder on soft ground, the feet can be rotated to a vertical position so that the serrated edges bite into the ground to help anchor it.
This is a handy feature, but I’ve found that whenever I move the ladder from place to place on soft ground, the feet want to pivot back to a horizontal position, making moving the ladder a bit unwieldy.
After all, standing on one foot and trying to coax the ladder feet into a vertical position with your other foot — while holding a 20-foot ladder overhead — is not the ideal way to adjust the ladder feet.
So I created a simple solution to end this precarious balancing act. As shown in the accompanying drawing, I’ve wrapped a sturdy rubber band around the bottom of each ladder leg. The bands hold the feet in a vertical position even when I move the ladder.
— Andrew Sheppard, Madison, Conn.
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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