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Old 02-17-2019, 10:18 AM   #21
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I'll put one foot out against the side of the ladder, and lock the other one over one rung and under the next. I can't peel off backwards even using 2 hands way over head.

Rough on the legs, though.
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I've started using a higher grade back massager and realize a little difference in 'awareness'. Whether it is stimulating the right nerves, or whatever - using it especially in my upper neck region. This model kneads the neck (from upper to lower)

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I'll put one foot out against the side of the ladder, and lock the other one over one rung and under the next. I can't peel off backwards even using 2 hands way over head.

Rough on the legs, though.


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i just read your original post and not all the responses.

at your age if you have any trepidation about getting up on a long extension ladder DO NOT DO IT....

it will wear you out fast & work will go agonizingly slow.

being up there will be foremost in your mind.

we also do not bounce nearly as well as we used to...

leave the high stuff for the younger guys or get a boom lift.

better to avoid a mishap and live to fight another day...

good luck...
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Nice. Have never seen that before. Looks Safer than some of the crazy stuff we do


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Nice. Have never seen that before. Looks Safer than some of the crazy stuff we do


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More dangerous I feel switching to something after over 30 years of being comfortable in your ways. Sort of like wearing a harness. Tried once. Wasn’t for me.


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More dangerous I feel switching to something after over 30 years of being comfortable in your ways. Sort of like wearing a harness. Tried once. Wasn’t for me.


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Yup, I've been used to it since I was 16, from training with the fire dept.

Not that I use it all the time, since it's not the most comfortable, but sometimes it gets the job done.

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The only difference is I'll put my right foot hard against the side. That gets me locked in side to side, nothing is going to move.
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More dangerous I feel switching to something after over 30 years of being comfortable in your ways. Sort of like wearing a harness. Tried once. Wasn’t for me.


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I agree with this. It isn't the most comfortable thing to do, but sometimes it's the most practical.
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Back to getting dizzy. There are a few possible causes you don't want to be dealing with up a ladder. Afib, blood pressure control issues, hypotension, and severe inner ear issues to name a few.

I tend to hold my breath at times and tense up, which can lead to a vaso-vagal response that can make you pass out.

Worried about what your heart and bp are doing? $100 gets you a wearable cardiac monitor. It's only overkill if you don't need it.
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Been there done that, full turnout gear, real PIA to execute. Part of FF certification and FD training. Don't see it much on the fire ground, it has it's place tho.

Tried it couple times siding and framing for grins. Really limits your reach, but sure won't fall. But the times you really need it or want it are when you can't do it. Like nailing J trim at the top of a 44' tall chase with a 40' ladder.
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Looks like he’s a few inches away from a joe Theismann to me. Doesn’t hurt ?


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Man if you don't have a good feeling about it don't do it. Go get scaffolding.
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His turnout pants are just baggy in that pic, makes it look worse than it is lol.

It's definitely not terribly comfortable, but it works if you're doing work overhead or even behind you.

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Ladder companies are sued more often than you would think. No wonder ladders sold these days have plastic warning stickers all over them.



Years ago, my old man bought an inexpensive tall folding step ladder to get up to the upper garage storage area shelf (pull down ladder installed after his fall).

That tall cheap aluminum tall folding step ladder folded under him causing him to crash to the ground. He was injured, but it could have been worse. If he had been more injured, add me to the statistics of people suing ladder makers. They get sued a lot, apparently. The most in the business.

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I did this eons ago when I was much younger. Just to prove that I could. I took my aluminum heavy duty 32' extension ladder into the street.

By myself, I set that heavy duty 32 ft. ext. ladder up on it's feet. Then, using the pull rope, extended that extension ladder up to the full 32' height, alone, no help. Try imagining that. Not that it's a test. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could fully extend a 32ft extension ladder extended fully up, alone in the middle of the street.

No way would I test myself again in that way this many years on.

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we could do & did many things when we were younger...

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