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Project by stefang posted 02-25-2014 10:03 AM 3750 views 28 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 02-25-2014 10:40 AM

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

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 11:40 AM

OSHA isn’t in Norway are they? Neat idea

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 11:42 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 11:48 AM

Exelent idea thanks

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 11:49 AM

Well done, thank you for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 02-25-2014 12:04 PM

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

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 12:22 PM

Great idea.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-25-2014 12:43 PM

Great idea Mike!!!

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

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 12:58 PM

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

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

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 01:30 PM

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

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 02-25-2014 01:45 PM

Nice.
Did you patent them yet?

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

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#12 posted 02-25-2014 01:48 PM

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 02-25-2014 01:57 PM

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, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 02-25-2014 02:31 PM

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. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#15 posted 02-25-2014 02:46 PM

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

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

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