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Stuff We Love: A Step Up On Ladders

Stay safe and be productive with these two high performance ladders and an ingenious accessory.

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Spending time on a ladder is inevitable part of most projects, big and small. The number of ladder-related injuries is literally staggering, so make sure you’re safe, secure and comfortable when you’re up on one. Today on Stuff We Love we’ve got two awesome ladders and a really smart accessory that will keep you sure-footed while getting the job done. Associate editor, Mike Berner, discusses and demonstrate these great products in the video.

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Werner Twin Step Ladder

For a solid step ladder you can’t beat a Werner Twin Step. They are super sturdy and allow you to comfortably stand over the top for extra footing and mobility. Features include:

  • Weight limit of 300 lbs. per side allows you to have someone step on up and help you with no worries;
  • Well-designed dual holster top accommodates your drill, hand tools and small parts;
  • Integrated magnets on the top hold your essential hardware pieces in place;
  • Non-conductive fiberglass construction means it’s safe around electrical lines.

I’ve used these ladders on my job sites for years. They’re extremely durable, and their stability makes every task so much easier. This three-foot version is ideal for working on eight-foot ceilings, but Werner makes these in heights up to 18 feet. So step on up!

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Little Giant King Kombo Ladder

Combination ladders are great for their versatility, but typically they’re heavy to haul around. The King Kombo’s fiberglass construction makes it super-light and easy to move into place. Other added features make it one of the best choices for this category of ladders.

  • Three-in-one combination ladder: step, safe lean and extension;
  • Rotating Wall Pad to set up your ladder on inside and outside corners, walls and studs;
  • Stable, dual-purpose, wide-flared legs on the climbing side, while the extension side fits between standard stud and joists spaces;
  • Meets all OSHA and ANSI standards; rated to hold 375 lbs.

The best feature: You can safely lean This Little Giant ladder against walls, in corners and on studs. The wall pad is non-marring so there’s no need to protect the surfaces it contacts. This six-foot version is great for most interior work but you might consider one of their eight-foot models for exterior work.

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Pivit Ladder Tool

Properly leveling a ladder is always a challenge. And where do you put your tools once you’re up there? Although not simultaneously, the Pivit Ladder Tool helps with both situations. It’s additional features include:

  • No bolts or clamps, so changing from ladder to ladder is quick and easy;
  • Made of strong and durable polypropylene, it can be used a ladder jack or step stool, supporting up to 500 lbs.;
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors, with rubber gripper feet made from rugged conveyor belt material that prevents slippage;
  • Doubles as a stable platform that will hook onto ladder rungs.

The Pivit Ladder Tool will easily hang between the rungs on an extension ladder for handy tool storage. But its best feature is how it sits on a stair tread to create a stable ladder platform for working in a stairwell. You can work that way on roofs and other off-pitch situations where you need to level things up. I love this tool because of its multiplicity. It’s a smart and safety-minded accessory that anyone up on a rung should have.

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.