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Post by Colin » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:28 pm

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This is what I'm doing at the moment. It was blue. I've primed, undercoated and it will get a gloss next week weather permitting.
The sharp eyed among you will note the gizmo at the top of the ladder- it's called a lighting collar and it's for locating the top of the ladder against (light) poles etc. Cost me £200 and I'll probably never use it again!
Also note the ladder fall-arrest kit, and you can't see the stabilizer on the ground. All a bit of a palaver, but the only alternative to using a tower which would have to be moved over the bushes - or three towers!

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Re: Sign totem

Post by Aggie » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:48 pm

That's a bit of a job Colin. Am interested in the lighting collar you have there. Any chance of putting a separate picture up of that so I can see how it is made & get a closer look?

What paint are you using? & are you applying by brush or mini roller?
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Post by Colin » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:10 pm

I'll put a picture up next week Ag, I'm away tomorrow. It was Jono's QD zinc phosphate primer and straight oil-base U/C & gloss, all by brush

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Post by MrHarriDec » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:40 pm

Interesting bit of kit there Colin, does it feel safe to use? Do you think it might be suitable to use on the corner of a building if there was a way of anchoring it at the base?

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Post by Colin » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:37 pm

It's only for poles, not really the right geometry for the corner of a building.
But for anchoring a ladder at the base, you can now get these eyes that will screw into concrete, brick etc without the need for plastic plugs.
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(picture courtesy ofRollgliss) All you need is an SDS drill and screw it in (as long as the homeowner doesn't mind holes in the wall). Definitely getting faster to make ladders safer these days.

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Post by MrHarriDec » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:54 pm

I saw this advertised the other day, quite simple but I imagine it to be quite an effective stabiliser, not too sure about the kettle and brush holder as it holds the brush upside down letting paint run into the stock. Nothing wrong with a bent up 10l tub handle for hanging a kettle off and poking the brush into the hollow of a rung.

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Post by Bagshot » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:13 pm

I bet your feet and back ache at the end of the day Col,i know mine do when i'm up ladders all day.

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Post by Colin » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:56 pm

Feet and back are ok. It's just the constant up-n-down, and carrying the ladders around that is exhausting for old duffers like me

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Re: Sign totem

Post by Colin » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:52 pm

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A bit late Aggie, but here's a picture of the lighting collar attachment. I think you can probably see how it clamps to the ladder. The bit which rests against the pole swivels on an axis so it will line up with the pole. They recommend the ladder is leant at a slightly greater angle than usual

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Re: Sign totem

Post by Aggie » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:18 pm

Cheers Colin,

I reckon I could make one of those - although that one looks a bit complicated - more than it needs to be probably.

Thanks for putting that up, at least we all know what it looks like.
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