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Tip: Make a U-shaped "grab bar" from pipe for the top of a stepladder.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1980 (v.58#2) pg. 60

Tip: Turn a wooden stepladder into an easel for holding screens or windows while painting them.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1980 (v.58#7) pg. 38

Tip: Make a paint can holder for the top of a stepladder from screw eyes and 1/4-inch steel rod.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1981 (v.59#4) pg. 107

Tip: Old tennis shoes can stabilize the feet of a ladder.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1989 (v.67#6) pg. 111

Super step stool. An 11"x18" seat on a sturdy A-frame base converts to a three-step ladder by pulling out an additional two steps (also on a sturdy A-frame base). The pull-out action is made easier by mounting the steps using metal drawer slides.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Oct 1998 (v.22#1) pg. 32

Stepladder geometry. Calculations necessary when building a stepladder with tapered sides.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1986 (v.9#5) pg. 5

Shingle sled is used to haul a heavy load of shingles up to a roof by pulling on a rope. The sled slides up the sides of an extension ladder.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 11

Know your ladders. A description of step, trestle, platform, multi-purpose, extension ladders and a portable work platform.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1997 (v.20#7) pg. 14

How to select a good ladder and then use it safely.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #109 Apr 1969 (v.19#2) pg. 56

How to inspect the safety of wood and aluminum ladders.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #127 Jun 1971 (v.21#5) pg. 51

How to select a good quality ladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #145 Jun 1973 (v.23#5) pg. 60

What to look for in an aluminum, wood extension, kitchen and step ladder. How to inspect your ladders to assure their safety.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #174 Aug 1976 (v.26#6) pg. 40

Ladder know how. A look at devices which you can buy to make your present ladder safer (a stabilizer and leveler). Tips on what to look for in new ladders and a list of do's and don'ts for ladder safety.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #182 Jul-Aug 1977 (v.27#5) pg. 20

Tip: A board and rod method for keeping the bottom of a ladder from slipping.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #214 Dec 1980 (v.30#10) pg. 55

Adjustable leg extender for a ladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #227 Mar 1982 (v.32#3) pg. 118

Ladder "bench" hangs on the rung of an extension ladder and gives you a place to set paint cans, brushes, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #229 May-Jun 1982 (v.32#5) pg. 111

How to use ladders and scaffolding safely.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #238 Apr 1983 (v.33#4) pg. 42

Paint can holder for use with an extension ladder. The tray hooks over a rung, but the can is supported on the right (or left) outside of the ladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #239 May-Jun 1983 (v.33#5) pg. 126

Ladders: the fourth tool. What is available and tips on their use.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #284 Dec 1987 (v.37#10) pg. 50

Tip: Metal extension ladders with hollow rungs can have a pipe or dowel slipped into the rung to hold a pail, paint can, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #289 May-Jun 1988 (v.38#5) pg. 134

Chart provides the recommended distances from the house, height to bearing point, and length of extension ladder to use.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #290 Jul-Aug 1988 (v.38#6) pg. 21

Tip on increasing the tool capacity of a stepladder's shelf.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #305 Feb 1990 (v.40#2) pg. 92

Paint can or pail holder for a metal extension ladder with hollow rungs.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 40

Tip on using a stepladder as a sawhorse.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #312 Oct 1990 (v.40#9) pg. 41

Using extension ladders. Some sensible safety rules. The right way to raise ladders. Tips on buying and maintaining them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #316 Mar 1991 (v.41#3) pg. 8
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #321 Sep 1991 (v.41#8) pg. 6

Wordless Workshop shows how to make a roller hanger to store an extension ladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #334 Jan 1993 (v.43#1) pg. 88

Tip on protecting your shins by wrapping the upper steps of a stepladder with old carpeting.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #348 May 1994 (v.44#5) pg. 86

Gutter saver. Tip on resting a piece of wood on top of your aluminum gutters to take the load of a ladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #349 Jun 1994 (v.44#6) pg. 81

Tip on using a large coffee can as a tool holder that can be easily attached or removed from the tray of a stepladder.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #352 Oct 1994 (v.44#9) pg. 44

Tip shows how to make a wooden stepladder more stable and easier to carry.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #370 Jul-Aug 1996 (v.46#7) pg. 94

Tip shows how to make a hinged shelf on the top of a stepladder with holes to hold tools.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #371 Sep 1996 (v.46#8) pg. 106

Tip shows how to make a pair of foldable stand-offs for using a stepladder in a leaning position.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #373 Nov 1996 (v.46#10) pg. 53

Stepladder styles and types compared.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #377 Apr 1997 (v.47#4) pg. 86

Tip shows how to bolt wheels on one end of an extension ladder to make it easier to move.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 96

Reaching high places safely. Tips on selecting and using extension ladders and scaffolds.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #385 Feb 1998 (v.48#2) pg. 24

T-shaped bracket is used to secure a ladder to the peak of a steep roof.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #34 Aug-Sep 1986 pg. 14

Use a "standoff" to prop a stepladder against a wall while maintaining a good working distance.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #42 Oct-Nov 1987 pg. 16

How to determine the correct angle for setting up an extension ladder.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #61 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 26

Attach a small plastic basket for parts and tools to the paint shelf of a stepladder.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #61 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 26

Ladders. How to choose and use stepladders, extension ladders, and specialty ladders.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #84 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 50

Tip on filling the rungs of metal ladders with expanding foam to eliminate wind-induced "singing".
FINE HOMEBUILDING #89 Jun-Jul 1994 pg. 30

Tip on cushioning extension ladder rungs with foam pipe insulation.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #90 Aug-Sep 1994 pg. 34

Fold-away ladder (stairway) for access to overhead storage area. Does not require any hinges.
FINE WOODWORKING #40 May-Jun 1983 pg. 14
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 6

Selection, care and use of extension ladders.
HANDY ANDY Jul 1979 (v.3#9) pg. 27

How to repair a stepladder.
HANDY ANDY Jan 1980 (v.4#4) pg. 68

Build a pair of overhead frames to store an extension ladder.
HOME MECHANIX #700 Aug 1986 (v.82) pg. 78

Safety tip for using a ladder.
HOME MECHANIX #733 May 1989 (v.85) pg. 17

Tip: Use a piece of brookstick to hang a paintbucket on an aluminum extension ladder.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1984 (v.9#5) pg. 20

Use this rope and pulley system to store extension ladders.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1984 (v.9#9) pg. 20

Guidelines for choosing the right household ladder.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1985 (v.10#2) pg. 26

Table gives correct ladder-to-house distance for an extension ladder of various lengths.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1989 (v.14#2) pg. 53

Tip on leveling a ladder on just about any slope using a piece of 2x4 and two large "C" clamps.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1989 (v.14#9) pg. 64

Using the right ladder in the right way for various jobs. Some photos and tips.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #1 Spring 1976 (v.1#1) pg. 52

A look at tools that make painting easier: (1) paint pads, (2) paint spraying equipment, (3) ladders and scaffolding.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1978 (v.3#4) pg. 101

All about how to use ladders and scaffolding to make painting the outside of your house easier. Covers handling a ladder, erecting a ladder, the use of ladder jacks and when you need scaffolding., Includes instructions for making your own ladder jacks.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1978 (v.3#4) pg. 104

Tips on how to use 2 ft. wooden stepladders as sawhorses, a low scaffold, paint roller tray holder, etc.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1979 (v.4#1) pg. 33

A "T" Shaped ladder hook to build from 2x4s slides between the rails of a ladder underneath a rung and hooks over the ridge of a roof.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1979 (v.4#5) pg. 41

How to level a ladder using leg extenders.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1979 (v.4#5) pg. 68

Ladder extension lets the top of the ladder rest on the roof instead of the eavetroughs.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1981 (v.6#3) pg. 109

Build a sturdy 4-ft. tall step ladder. Use of clinched box nails is secret to strength.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #532 Sep 1972 (v.68) pg. 30

Consumer's guide to extension ladders and stepladders.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #619 Dec 1979 (v.75) pg. 106

Maintenance tips for extension ladders.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #672 May 1984 (v.80) pg. 103

How to build a "Universal Ladder," a stepladder that can come apart and become two straight ladders.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #157 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 60

Tip: How to drill holes of varying sizes in the top of a stepladder to serve as a tool holder.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1974 (v.2#3) pg. 8

Tip: Plywood platform to hold tools is notched to fit over ladder rungs.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1985 (v.13#10) pg. 212

Reaching high places using ladders and scaffolds indoors. Includes safety tips.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 290

Tip: Holes of varying diameter drilled in the top of a stepladder holds handtools so they won't fall.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1986 (v.14#10) pg. 488

Tip on shortening a folding stepladder when the first (lowest) step becomes unsafe.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1992 (v.20#6) pg. 16

The proper use of ladders.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1963 (v.120#2) pg. 166

Tips on buying a safe extension ladder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1965 (v.124#1) pg. 116

Detachable ladder yoke holds 1 or 2 paint buckets 6" out to each side of the ladder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1966 (v.126#2) pg. 127

How to work with ladders. A look at typical household ladders and safety tips on carrying, positioning and climbing a ladder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1973 (v.139#6) pg. 92

Make adjustable legs for a stepladder from threaded rods, screw eyes, and some washers and nuts.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1980 (v.153#6) pg. 20

Tip: Salvage garbage can handles and fasten them to stepladders for use as tool holders.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1981 (v.155#4) pg. 64

Tip: Use wire bookends to securely hold a paint can to the top of a stepladder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1981 (v.156#3) pg. 195

Illustrated tips on using ladders safely.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1983 (v.159#4) pg. 119

Window spanner lets an extension ladder rest securely on the outside frame of a window. Useful when washing windows or painting window frames.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1983 (v.160#3) pg. 182

Make standing on a stepladder less tiring on your arches by adding this removable toe rest.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1987 (v.164#2) pg. 170

Tip: Install a swinging handle on the side rail of a stepladder to facilitate carrying.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1987 (v.164#3) pg. 155

Tip: Convert your stepladder into a painting easel with this L-bracket and two C-clamps.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1987 (v.164#7) pg. 62

Folding ladder for high closets, attics, etc. hides itself.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1964 (v.184#6) pg. 113

How to buy the right ladder, wood or metal, extension or step.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1965 (v.186#6) pg. 158

Bracket holds ladder away from the house for work on gutters.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1965 (v.187#4) pg. 153

Ladder rest holds paint can.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1967 (v.190#5) pg. 76

Rack sets on stepladder and holds storm windows off the ground to facilitate washing without bending over.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1968 (v.193#5) pg. 32

Removable box fits onto stepladder shelf to safely keep paint cans and tools from falling off.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1970 (v.196#1) pg. 54

Safety rail for top of stepladder made from old dinette chair frame.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1971 (v.199#1) pg. 112

Attachment for a ladder serves to support the ladder on either side of a window, while the ladder itself is positioned in the middle of the window. Allows all of the window to be reached for caulking and painting without moving the ladder.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1973 (v.202#4) pg. 142

One-wheel dolly device attaches to one end of an extension ladder to make it easier to slide the ladder under a porch or house for storage.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1974 (v.205#4) pg. 152

Wooden jig for an aluminum extension ladder allows the ladder to be safely hooked over the peak of a roof when you want to use the ladder for climbing up a steep roof. The jig removes easily when not needed.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1975 (v.206#4) pg. 44

Convert a stepladder into a very stable artist's easel by putting adjustable bookshelf standards on the legs and then using the adjustable brackets to hold the painting. Also useful for holding storm windows for washing or painting.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1975 (v.207#4) pg. 168

A review of what is available in the ingenious new ladders that are safer to climb and easier to use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1976 (v.208#4) pg. 108

Prevent dimpling of aluminum siding by attaching a length of large-diameter PVC pipe to the top of an extension ladder.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1981 (v.219#4) pg. 142

Attach this 2-wheel dolly to your extension ladder. It will make it easier to move about, and it will prevent the ladder from resting on the eavestrough when in use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1983 (v.223#4) pg. 194

Go climb a ladder. What is available in ladders which fold and lock into a variety of shapes, and tips on their uses.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1988 (v.233#1) pg. 62

Short wooden stepladder (25" tall) features a wider-than-usual top step. The ladder folds for storage.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #54 May 1990 (v.9#6) pg. 55

Construct a wooden step ladder which features the same front and back slope (15-degrees) for greater stability.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #75 Nov 1993 (v.13#3) pg. 66

Roof repair. Replacing damaged asphalt shingles. Includes two suggestions for safely securing a ladder.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1986 (v.1#2) pg. 92

Build a temporary stairway to make it much easier to haul bundles of shingles up onto a roof.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Apr 1987 (v.2#4) pg. 76

Ladder logic. Tips on selecting the correct extension ladder, stepladder, or special ladder for the job at hand.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER May-Jun 1988 (v.3#5) pg. 78

Tip on repairing broken upper bumpers on aluminum extension ladders.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.3#6) pg. 70

Short, sturdy utility ladder (26"x34"x42" high) has steps on both sides. Leg assemblies are hinged at the top and held apart by a pair of braces. The top has a tray for tools.
SHOPNOTES #25 Jan 1996 (v.5) pg. 10

Fold-down tool tray attaches to the top of a stepladder.
SHOPNOTES #43 Jan 1999 (v.8) pg. 5

Tip: Build a sturdy loft ladder that can swing out of the way.
SUNSET Sep 1980 (v.165#3) pg. 92

A guide to stepladders for yard and garden work.
SUNSET Jan 1981 (v.166#1) pg. 54

Access ladder for a loft can be pushed back against a wall to stay anchored out of the way. Ladder pulls out and down for sturdy climbing.
SUNSET Apr 1981 (v.166#4) pg. 114

Space-saving ladder for access to a loft swings out from the wall when needed. A slot-and-dowel mechanism holds the top of the ladder securely when open and closed.
SUNSET Apr 1983 (v.170#4) pg. 166

Loft ladder folds in and out of the way when not needed.
SUNSET Apr 1988 (v.180#4) pg. 138

Tip shows how to modify the top of a stepladder to provide a place for tools and small parts.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #818 Sep 1997 (v.93) pg. 28

Tip on storing an extension ladder between the exposed joists in a garage.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #826 Jun 1998 (v.94) pg. 81

Step up. Build these folding steps (a five-step stepladder or stool) which stand about 3-ft. tall.
WOODWORKER #1069 Dec 1982 (v.86) pg. 859

Supporting steps. Ingenious support frame holds an aluminum extension ladder away from the wall of a house so that it clears the roof eaves and gutters.
WOODWORKER Aug 1989 (v.93#8) pg. 744

Double folding-type garden steps. A short stepladder (4-ft tall) has steps on both sides. Ideal for tasks like pruning tall hedges. Reprinted from the September 1944 issue.
WOODWORKER Sep 1994 (v.98#9) pg. 106

Folding step stool (small step ladder) 27" tall.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1991 (v.15#1) pg. 54

Choosing and using ladders.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1978 (v.34#3) pg. 102

Tips on selecting and using ladders.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1984 (v.40#2) pg. 103

Simple attachment for a straight ladder makes it safer and easier to use on a roof. "Skis" make it easier to push ladder up toward the peak. Rubber-faced grippers then secure the ladder.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1985 (v.41#5) pg. 27

Tip on making and using a wedge to level an extension ladder.
WORKBENCH Jun-Jul 1995 (v.51#3) pg. 21

Tip shows how to make a paint shelf for an extension ladder.
WORKBENCH Feb-Mar 1996 (v.52#1) pg. 20

Tip shows how to make a simple rack for storying an extension ladder beneath ceiling joists.
WORKBENCH Jun-Jul 1996 (v.52#3) pg. 14

Tip shows how to make removable tin can shoes for the feet of a stepladder to keep the feet from sinking into soft ground.
WORKBENCH Aug 1997 (v.53#4) pg. 10