Have you bought a ladder, but it’s too short for you now? Or maybe you have purchased one of those extension ladders. You can always extend your ladder a bit longer using one of these fantastic tips and tricks. Before you make your ladder longer, it is better to consider buying a new one. Making your ladder longer is not safe or a good idea as well.
Extending Your Ladder
If you have a wooden ladder, you can extend it with another ladder. It is pretty straightforward. Make sure to cut off the ends of one ladder and screw it on with the ends of the other ladder. Make sure you glue the ends together as well and make sure to dry them before using the ladder. This is not the best option but make sure the ladder is steady and safe if you are using it.
Another easy way to extend your ladder is by buying an extending ladder. These ladders are usually foldable, but you can unfold and extend them. The ladders are pretty great and easy to use as well. When you extend the ladder, make sure you lock the system in place to avoid unfortunate events. If you do not lock the expandable part correctly, you can get some serious injuries.
Many people make the mistake of tying up two ladders to make a new one. Make sure that you never do this. This is a rookie mistake and if you fall under any circumstance or the ropes get loose, you could suffer serious injuries.
Building a Ladder Platform
You can also choose to build a ladder platform. Using a ladder platform, you can easily reach higher walls and ceilings if required. You can buy one that fits in your stars or even make one using wood. The platform fits your stairs, and you can keep the ladder on it. The ladder won’t slip from the place. This is a handy tool to have, and you can just store the ladder platform with your ladder.
If none of the above tricks work out for you, you can build a wooden or rope ladder according to your needs.
Make a small rope ladder to hang on a tree or a cabin!
Things You Will Need:
- A rope of 15 meters x 8 mm in diameter (minimum) (More if you want the ladder to be longer)
- A Drill
- 8 round wooden cleats 25 cm long and 4 cm in diameter (More if you want a more extended ladder)
Step 1: Prepare the ladder sticks (25 cm in length) and gather the necessary materials.
Step 2: Pierce each end 2 cm from the edge.
Take the center of the circle, on each side of the wood, draw a line towards the top of the wood, and connect the two centers with a pencil so that the holes are aligned.
Step 3: Unwind the rope, fold it in half, and tie a knot to make a loop.
Step 4: Make a knot 30 cm from the big knot on each side of the rope, then pass the pieces of rope through the holes in the wooden blocks.
Step 5: Re-tie a knot on each string to hold the stick.
Step 6: Repeat the operations with the following pieces of wood:
- Tie two knots 30 cm away from the first rung.
- Pass the next rung.
- Tie two knots again to secure the rung.
Step 7: Finish by burning the end of each cord to prevent it from untangling.
Attach the rope wherever you want, taking care that it holds well!
Now you know how to extend a ladder. Make sure that you keep safety precautions in mind while you are using a ladder. Always make sure to have a good grip on the ladder and under any circumstance do not climb the ladder with wet hands or feet. If you are extending a ladder, think twice if you are able to afford a taller ladder.