How to Use a Ladder on Stairs

Sometimes you might need to decorate a wall along with staircase or change or install a bulb in a fixture above a staircase. In such situations, you can’t use a ladder the way you use it generally. These areas are difficult to access and pose danger as well. You would be shocked to know that, a significant amount of deadly falls occur from the ladder and it’s one of the leading cause of death also. So, it’s obvious that you need a solution that offers absolute safety and comfort. Alongside it should be cost-effective also as these situations don’t come up every now and then.

There are some options available in the market for this purpose. All come with own sets of advantages and disadvantages.

1. Leg extenders:

Leg extenders are expensive and require permanent installation. On the top of that, it makes the ladder fragile and clumsy to transport and use. So, for home use, it might not be a good option.

2. Wedge-style stools:

These stools are big and bulky which is a problem to carry. And they are not as safe as it requires to place on the staircase. So, you might not find this suitable as well.

3. Scaffolding:

Scaffolding is might be the oldest solution which is safe and stable also. But it also comes with some limitations as it requires a lot of time to set up and space to transport. Moreover, it needs two ladders to make scaffolding and you might need extra stuff to support your weight. 

4. Ladder-aide:

Ladder aide is perhaps the easiest, quickest and safest of all the solutions with which you can use any extension or combination ladder on the staircase. Its compact and you can easily carry along wherever you want. Moreover, it doesn’t demand permanent installation. You can easily move it from stair to stair as per your need. It includes an anti-skid surface to prevent accidental slippery and micro-adjustable height to customize your height. It’s a great product both for DIY projects and professional use.

You can easily set it up in three simple steps.

At first, place the fundamental one on the stair which is in a lower position. Then slide it into the central stair.

Now, slide the stand onto the vertical position keeping it lower till it doesn’t sit securely on the upper step. 

Finally, lock it using the included pins.

That’s it. Now you can use this platform safely with almost any ladder. Just take your ladder and place it on the top of the stand and you are all set to do any job- whether it’s painting, hanging a portrait, fixing or installing a bulb or whatever it is. You just need to take care of one thing that the ladder’s feet fit in between the safety ridges.

It’s super easy. You can use it with most single or extension ladders. As the unit is compact, you can use it instantly whenever you need and then store it easily anywhere you want.

So, here it’s all. Now, you decide which way you want to choose though we would recommend using a ladder-aide.

Maria Hernandez
 

Maria Hernandez is a specialist in avionics technology. He has been involved in avionics technology since 1993. He spent more than 15 years writing about high tech gadgets. Numerous publications have interviewed him. He is very passionate about sharing his knowledge.

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