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Project by stefang posted 51 days ago 2350 views 25 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having arthritis isn’t much fun, especially if you have to stand on ladders with rounded rungs like the one pictured , so I made some steps from plywood to make it more comfortable. The steps are especially helpful when house painting when you have to spend a lot of time on the ladder. This isn’t a new concept, just my economic (read cheap) way to solve the problem. I hope you will find it useful.

I made these a few years ago out of plywood for the sides and pine panel for the steps. They are screwed together and they are very strong, safe and stable. Their only disadvantage is that if you use several at the same time, it makes the ladder a little heavy to move, but I normally just use one unless my feet are particularly bad that day.

I think most folks can get by with just one step and that makes it an easy and fast project that uses very few materials.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 51 days ago

Ingenious! Thanks. Very well done and cheaper than a hospital stay.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 51 days ago

OSHA isn’t in Norway are they? Neat idea

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 51 days ago

There are many a task, that require ladder work….
I can see this being modified into a tool well.

Thanks for sharing this.

Please play safe!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 51 days ago

Exelent idea thanks

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#5 posted 51 days ago

Well done, thank you for sharing.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#6 posted 51 days ago

Nice idea. I’m about to start some painting projects and standing on the rungs does hurt. Thanks a million.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#7 posted 51 days ago

Great idea.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 51 days ago

Great idea Mike!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 51 days ago

Great idea Mike! I may need to give that a try someday.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 51 days ago

Neat idea. Looks a lot more comfy.
Sucks getting old, doesn’t it. We just need to work around it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 51 days ago

Did you patent them yet?

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#12 posted 51 days ago

Nice idea, thanks for posting it.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#13 posted 51 days ago

Mike, that is a super idea. Now if you can get someone else to go up the ladder for you would be even better. Well done.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#14 posted 51 days ago

Good thinking Mike. I’m gettin to old to get up any further than a step or 2.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 51 days ago

Great fix, I also have a fair amount of painting to get done. Thanks.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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