Home ownership begets a sense of personal fulfillment and gratification. It is a realization of a status quo and a dream. However, it also amplifies the fear of the unknown and uncertainties especially when it is furrowed to a long-term promise of steadfast financial responsibility. Such feeling is not uncommon to middle-income earners, especially when the financial stability is primarily based on employment. As we know, economic strength is dwindling and constantly changing. But still, it remains an investment a number of us are risking our last dollar to keep.
Our household is one of the many American dreamers who acquired our residential dwelling by a mortgage or a loan. Obviously, our budget is tight right from the beginning. We bought a 4-year old home in a move-in ready condition. In order to infuse ‘our touch’, we repainted the whole interior walls and ceiling of the house. It was all originally painted in plain white, like a clean room. It has about 2,500 square-foot living space with high ceiling. Repainting was an arduous task. Fortunately, my husband is quite handy when it comes to home renovations. With some painting materials and a ladder, the project was set in motion. The most challenging part though….was working up high with a ladder. It poses some danger when not careful.
Working high above the ground is inescapable when painting a home. Good judgment, suitable tools and equipment, and some precautionary measures progress you through the project safely. Here are some tips on how to safely use a ladder:
Selecting a Ladder
Choose a ladder assessed as Type I (heavy duty, capable of bearing 250 pounds per rung). Wooden ladders are less likely to glide on a surface or be gusted over. They do not conduct electricity. However, they are hefty and grim to transfer without aid. Aluminum ladders are more convenient to move, but they conduct electricity and may be blown down or bumped over. Expensive fiberglass ladders are comparatively light and nonconductive. Select a ladder which is at least 15 inches wide with rungs that are 12 inches apart. The finest of them have non-skid bases and rope-and-pulley extension mechanisms.
Using a Ladder Safely
Working on a ladder is essentially hazardous. Perhaps the largest danger is becoming too comfortable when using it. It is easy to become cavalier and try to stretch just a little bit further to paint a spot without moving a ladder. Do not do it. Here are some other significant things to consider when working on a ladder.
Getting the Correct Angle
The angle at which the ladder inclines against the wall is very vital. If the angle is too excessive, the ladder is subject to tension and may break or bow. If the angle is too trivial, the ladder is likely to plummet backward. Station the ladder so that the feet are at least one foot from the house for every four feet that the ladder is extended.
Leveling the Ladder
If the ground is so soft that a leg of the ladder possibly sink and cause it to slant to one side, set the ladder on a piece of plywood or a flat wood. This should stabilize the hold of the ladder on the ground.
Climbing the Ladder
Always face forward and maintain your hips within the rails of the ladder. Let only one person on the ladder at a time. As a precaution, thoroughly sweep and maintain the dryness of the area where you are working and wear shoes with rubber soles.
If you do not have a suitable ladder available at home, try to look for ladders for hire. For a minimal fee, you can choose different types of heavy duty ladders from companies, like Lakeside-Hire. Renting is so easy and convenient. It can be done in a few clicks of your computer mouse.