A few summers ago I spent a lot of time working on exterior projects around my old home and I found myself constantly climbing up and down my aluminum ladder and not feeling very steady doing it, especially since I was almost always carrying tools or supplies with me while I was on the ladder. Falls of any kind are dangerous, but the CDC reports that 43% of all fall-related fatalities involve the use of a ladder. I realized I needed some sort of ladder stabilizer to not only prevent the ladder from sliding or falling, but also to help protect my gutters and siding from getting dinged and dented by my aluminum ladder. After a bit of searching around I purchased and decided to review the Ladder-Max standard stabilizer.
I searched for a while, but I found it with Ladder-Max, a great ladder stabilizing system that fits on virtually all ladders made today. It’s a combination ladder wall stabilizer and roof stabilizer that allows you to use your ladder a heck of a lot more safely. It’s got a pretty clever metal design and it is easy to remove and attach to your ladder when you need it. Despite slipping on and off your ladder rather quickly it’s still very sturdy strong when attached correctly. It’s really pretty handy and I’ve already used it a lot more than I thought I would.
For me the ability to stabilize my ladder against the roof of my house and not my gutters is invaluable. This will allow me to easily clean my gutters out in the spring and fall and it will allow me to put up new gutters this summer without buying a large extension ladder or trying to hang upside-down from my roof.
The real advantage to the Ladder-Max over other ladder stabilizers is how well those big orange rubber feet work to keep the ladder stable and solid whether they are leaned up against a wall or leaned onto a shingled roof. Before getting the Ladder-Max I used to leave little dents in my aluminum gutters by climbing up the ladder resting against them, but the Ladder-Max actually rests the ladder a few inches away from the gutter, preventing those unsightly dings and scratches.
My one complaint might be that in some cases I need the Ladder-Max to be a little wider so that I could put the feet on either side of a window. My windows are rather wide, so that’s to be expected. Those cases are rare (it would have been helpful for allowing me to tape around my windows before painting) but it wasn’t much of a deal breaker. The idea of being able to climb onto my roof much more safely is in itself worth the price.
Purchasing A Ladder-Max
There aren’t any real coupon codes available for buying a Ladder-Max, but you can usually get the Ladder-Max shipped to you in two days by buying the Ladder-Max through Amazon.com instead of buying directly from the the company’s website.
I received mine exactly two days ordering it and it arrived in good condition. It took me about 15 minutes to assemble (I keep it assembled and hung on the wall of my garage) and it really does take just a few seconds to attach it to your ladder. Once attached, it’s secured with two heavy steel pins. It’s made of steel tubing and everything seems pretty solid. It’s not nearly as heavy as it looks, though I found the cut steel edges to be a little sharp. From what I can tell the build quality is damn good and it’s solid with no flexing or bending when it’s fully put together.
Ladder-Max Video Demo and Review
- Height: 20-3/4″ (52.7cm)
- Width: 37-1/2″ (95.25cm)
- Depth: 19″ (48.3cm)
- Weight: 7 lb. 11oz. (3.49kg)
- Shipping Weight: 10lb. 3oz. (4.26kg)
- ANSI Certified
- Provides a 19″ of standoff when placed against a wall
- Fits ladders with 12″ run spacing (rung depth must be 2″ or less and have 11.75″ spacing between ladder side rails)
- Has 16 gauge heavy duty galvanized steel step plates
- Constructed with 16 gauge heavy duty galvanized steel tubing
- Zinc anodized steel lock pin
- Manufactured in the United States (OSHA Certified)
Installing the Ladder-Max
- To install it on your ladder you simply place your ladder on the ground and then position the Ladder-Max where you want it. I have actually marked the two rungs that I almost always use with a Sharpie so that I don’t have to guess each time I put the stabilizer on.
- Remove the two safety pins from the Ladder-Max stabilizer.
- Now you slightly the ladder off the ground and slide the Ladder-Max down over the two rungs at the proper level.
- Insert and lock the safety pins in place.
That’s it! Lift you ladder and go! To remove the Ladder-Max you can just reverse the process. Again, I have a simply hook that I placed on the wall of my garage to hang the Ladder-Max when it isn’t in use. If you have the room you could probably leave it attached to your ladder provided you have the storage space.
If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 4 through 10, then you’ve probably heard about the hottest toy of 2016: Hatchimals. They’re an unexpected hit by the SpinMaster toy company and they’ve become one of the most requested toys of the holiday season, selling out all over the world before the real shopping has even begun. Adding to the Hatchimal frenzy are different types and colors, limited and exclusive availability and some genuine confusion about what they even are. Don’t worry, poor, confused parent. We’re here to help! Here’s what you need to know…
Odd Squad Live bills itself as a theatrical production version of the popular PBS kids educational comedy show Odd Squad. The TV show version of Odd Squad is a comedic show aimed at kids aged 5 through 8 that hopes to teach kids how to use math to solve problems. The live stage version of Odd Squad just started touring in Fall 2016 and will be bouncing around the US for the next six months or eight months or so. My wife and my two kids (aged 6 and 10) were able to catch one of the shows early in the run. We were able to get tickets on Groupon for about $25 a person. So, is Odd Squad Live worth the price?
N-Hance wood renewal advertises itself as a no mess, no odor, no dust quick and easy solution to refinish your cabinets for a fraction of the cost of replacing them. N-Hance is the wood resurfacing service that you’ve probably seen advertised in The Home Depot.
We used N-Hance to turn our old faux whitewashed pink cabinets into dark cherry cabinets. Did they really live up to their promise? Was it the most affordable and easiest kitchen cabinet renewal option available? And how have the cabinets held up over the years?
Like a lot of homes built in the past 20 years or so, my home has a large, tall, two-story entry way. It’s over 17 feet from the floor of my entryway to the ceiling of my entryway. And, like a lot of home built in the past 20 years, it had a really ugly light fixture that my wife and I simply could not wait to remove and replace with a light fixture that was more our style.
But large light fixtures, especially large hanging chandelier fixtures, are not cheap or easy to replace when they’re installed 17 feet up in the air. If you want to replace most other interior light fixtures you just need a few tools and simple step-ladder to get to the ceiling, but with a heavy hanging fixture that’s way up in the air, the job becomes quite a unique challenge.
So when my wife found our perfect $400 chandelier on clearance for $60 she had to pick it up, which, of course, means that I had to figure out a way to hang it. I had a few options, but this is how I eventually replaced our high-ceiling chandelier…
We recently purchased a brand new LG refrigerator (LMXS30776) for our home and I thought it might be a good idea to give you a completely non-professional “family” review of the fridge. Professional reviews are great, but sometimes you want to hear how real people and real families use products instead of reading about how certain products compare to a dozen other high end products.
We’re a family of four who eats most of our meals at home. The fridge we replaced was a 20-year-old Maytag side-by-side refrigerator that had about 24 cubic feet of storage space and was pretty loud when it ran. The narrow freezer space was inconvenient for bulk frozen foods and the fridge area always seemed dark and overcrowded.
So was our new LG refrigerator worth the money? read more…
My family and I have been to Disney World in Florida a number of times over the years, but there are still some attractions we never had a chance to experience. They’re on our “list of things to do” and with each trip we check off on or two more items from the list.
On our most recent trip we discovered a little hidden gem of an area right inside The Magic Kingdom itself. It wasn’t the fastest ride or had the most amazing visual effects. It didn’t have a huge line and you can’t use FastPass+ to experience this attraction. You walk past it ten times a day and yet you may not even know it is there.
It was one of the most magical, engaging experiences we’ve had a Disney World… I’m referring, of course, to Tom Sawyer Island.
Last year I stumbled on to a few different articles about the bone broth trend that was cropping up in niche food stands and restaurants all over New York City. In some circles bone broth is advertised as the latest super food, though the truth about bone broth nutrition is in question.
Either way, it sounded like a tasty, hearty drink (meal?) that didn’t seem to be terribly difficult to make. For the next few weeks I saved all my chicken bones and started to experiment with a simple and easy way to make some bone broth at home. I’m not a chef (or even a particularly good cook) but I was able to put together a straightforward and easy recipe outline that anyone can follow.
Here’s how I make my chicken bone broth at home:
The greatest strength WordPress as a blogging platform, other than its affordable price of “free”, is the ability to apply one of literally millions of themes to your blog or site and literally create an entirely new site with unique functionality. But with great power (and complexity) comes great responsibility.
All this power has been misused by some developers in the theme design community. Theme designers have lately gone in one of two directions: either ultra simple niche themes that are static to the point where they can only work in one specific application, or “gallery” themes that have been over designed with so many sweeping, large photos that you get the impression that everyone is a graphic designer and a world-class photographer with a portfolio to share. read more…
Today’s new refrigerators are modern, energy efficient and filled with gadgets and features that we couldn’t imagine possible just a few years ago. But a lot of today’s best refrigerators are designed with one fatal flaw that prevents them from being bought and used in more homes: their size.
Allow me to explain: Traditional refrigerators stood at about 67 inches high, 29 to 36 inches wide and about 31 inches deep (distance from wall to front of the door). But many of today’s newest refrigerators try to squeeze in more storage space by expanding those measurements a few inches in every direction. That means a lot of homeowners simply can’t upgrade their refrigerator because it will not fit into their current kitchen cabinet configuration.