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At Ladder-Guy, we offer products that are extremely versatile and easy to use. Our fuel truck ladders are ideal for use on jobs in the field because our ladders are lightweight, collapsible, and easy to store.
Our patented design makes it easy for you to get up and down the steps of the attached ladder on your fuel truck. No need for a running start to get up that first step on your vehicle. Our SLD-P7 also makes a great substitute if your fuel truck does not include an attached ladder.
The collapsible design makes it easy to store in tight spaces and compartments. When you’re done with your work, simply fold it up and store in your truck.
These fuel truck folding ladders are made of aluminum, which is strong enough to handle the wear and tear of use on the job but light enough to carry and use multiple times a day. They are also quite durable, lasting over 10 years with the right use and maintenance.
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Maybe you’ve been putting it off for months now, and often wonder why you even have a garage since your car can’t fit into it. You don’t even know what’s in half of those boxes, and some of them quite possibly haven’t been opened since the last time you moved. Sound familiar? If so, then maybe it’s time to clean out that clutter. Below are some simple tips to take back your garage.
- Make a list. Seriously, it helps. Instead of one daunting project, break it into smaller, more manageable tasks, like “organize holiday decorations” or “sort out camping gear.” If your mess has gone beyond the level of locating items that go together, break the job into sections another way, like two-hour blocks or even four-foot-square areas. Then go down your list and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing off items.
- Make piles. Set up four basic categories: Keep, Donate, Throw Away, and Undecided. Do you have items that would work just fine, but only need a little fixing/mending/tinkering? Put those in Undecided while you think long and hard about how soon you’re going to get to fixing them up. If you’ve gotten along without it for more than six months, throw it away. If that offends your sensibilities, fix it now, this week, and then sell or donate it.
- Clean. Before you start stacking things back inside, give your garage a thorough cleaning. Sweep, clear away cobwebs, wash blinds or windows, and maybe even paint. Own your space again: the neater it looks to you, the more likely you will be to keep it that way. Consider installing shelving to make it that much easier to locate your stuff when you need it. Not only is it more convenient, it’s safer. If everything is off the floor, you don’t have to worry about damage from flooding, and you avoid the potential fire hazard of cardboard boxes piled up against walls.
- Containerize. Your local home improvement store sells sturdy containers in many sizes and shapes. You can even color coordinate them: orange for Halloween decorations, green for outdoor gear, red for old tax documents. Label your containers. Resist the urge to toss everything that doesn’t fit neatly into a category into a miscellaneous box. Try to give each item a specified, logical home.
- Outsource. If you have space-hogging items that you use less than twice a year but can’t bear to part with (your grandmother’s extensive collection of sock puppets, your double kayak, those eighteen boxes of sci-fi books that your kid swears he will want when he gets back from the Peace Corps), rent a storage unit. These can be very affordable, and some companies will even collect your items in a neat container so you don’t have to haul them yourself.
- Offload. By this step, you’ve probably got everything you want to keep under control, but you still have a mountain of stuff left. Anything that is usable (meaning anything you might remotely consider buying at a yard sale) can be sold. Get together with your neighbors for a block sale, or check your community’s website to see if there is a citywide yard sale coming up. If you have potentially valuable collectibles, put them up on eBay or Craigslist. Whatever is left over, take it to your local Goodwill, or give it away through Freecycle.com. Got old towels and blankets not fit for humans? Give them to an animal shelter or pet rescue in your area. These organizations always need them for bedding.
- Say goodbye. What’s left should go to the local landfill or recycling center. Call your sanitation and recycling department to find out where you can drop off old paint or chemicals for safe disposal. While you’re at it, ask about your other throw-away items: some communities offer households an annual “big pick-up” and you can just put your stuff, neatly, out on the curb with your regular trash. Otherwise, there are usually small hauling and salvage operations (often one guy and a flatbed truck) that will take it away for a small fee. Check your phone book for ads and consider it an investment in the local economy.
After it’s all said and done, relax! Maybe even begin storing your car back into that neatly organized garage, and give yourself a workbench or other area set aside just for those rainy days.
Homeowners have their own set of New Year’s resolutions, and they have nothing to do with losing 5 pounds or getting more sleep. New Year’s resolutions for homeowners have to do with making their family’s life more comfortable. Most home improvement projects are for the purpose of either improving the residents’ quality of life or increasing the resale value of the property. A smart New Year resolution should meet both of those goals. You have twelve months ahead to accomplish some home improvements that will bring new life to the house and make it more comfortable for the people living there. Here are four popular projects to get you started—grab your ladders, toolboxes, and good ideas because it’s time to get working.
- Add Living Space: A lot of new homeowners buy a smaller, more affordable home at first but then grow their family and realize how limited the space actually is. There are plenty of ways to add on more space and make it roomier. First, start by removing all unnecessary clutter in the house to naturally open things up. Second, look to see if there is space for a bedroom addition. If not, you can consider building vertically or even remodel the attic to make it into a bedroom. If you don’t need extra bedrooms, think about extending walls around your living areas or even tear down a few unnecessary walls to open the house up. When it comes time to sell, more bedrooms always add a lot of value and you will hopefully recoup your costs.
- Energy Saving Projects: Cutting costs could be one of your goals this year, and there are multiple home improvement projects that can help save a buck by reducing the amount of energy you use. First and foremost, check the quality of the windows in the home. Windows are the biggest culprit of letting out the precious heat in the winter and letting in too much heat during the summer. Your air conditioning and heating bills can be cut in half with new windows. Other small tasks include new weatherstripping on the door frames and windows and caulking all the cracks in the in the house, both of which are low-cost, high-impact tasks. If you live in a sunny city and really want to cut your energy bills, start thinking about adding solar panels on your roof or in your yard if you have space. With enough sunshine and space for panels, you can almost eliminate your energy bills and even sell some surplus energy back to the city power grid.
- Build a Wood Deck: A fun project that will really pay dividends during summer is to build a large wood deck so your family can enjoy the outdoor space more. It can be something simple with a couple rocking chairs or extravagant with a Jacuzzi and barbeque ready to host summer fiestas. If you live in a place where the weather is always good, a new deck will provide the family with an opportunity to share family dinners outside on your new deck. A deck is not nearly as large an investment as a complete kitchen remodel or room addition but can make just as big of a difference for the people living in the house, as well as guests that are looking for a new place to lounge.
- Kitchen Remodel: By far the most popular home renovation is to take the outdated kitchen and turn it into a luxury social space that is customized exactly to the liking of the people living there. Kitchen designs today incorporate strategies that greatly increase the open space, storage space, and functionality that the old kitchens can’t come close to. The social setting of a house almost always revolves around the kitchen and with a good remodel you will be happy to have guests hanging out there. A kitchen remodel also provides many opportunities for energy-saving appliances and considerations that might be a large investment upfront, but over time you will likely reap the benefit of smaller energy and water bills, not to mention increased home value.
Happy New Year, and happy home improving!
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“Day Nineteen, Deck Reconstruction” Photo Credit: Numinosity (by Gary J Wood)
Remodeling; easier said than done. There are times where you feel like taking a blow torch to end the frustrations of remodeling. Thankfully there are some home improvement projects that are cost efficient (even free) and can totally transform a drab looking living space into a fresh new updated room.
Here are 10 remodeling projects that can be done for $50 or less:
A $30 gallon of paint can go a long way. Make sure to take a swatch of color samples home and pick a color that best compliments the room and décor. Buy a slightly lighter shade than what you want on the wall. Remember that paint will dry a little darker than when it goes on wet.
This project can be done for free. Getting rid of unwanted items or items that never get used can drastically improve the look and feel of a room. With just a little muscle, you can open up a room with creating more space. If you’re undecided what to keep or throw out, just use this rule of thumb: If you haven’t used it in a year, throw it out.
You can even make money from this project by using the unwanted items for a garage sale. You can also donate your clothes, shoes, and furniture to charity or to your local Goodwill and Salvation Army.
To add new flair to your rooms, you can swap accessories from one room and put them in the other. Sometimes accessories such as throw pillows or a lamp need a change in environment. There also may be some accessories tucked away in the attic or garage that you can bring out and swap for a few months. For new items, you can also head down to stores like Ross or Marshalls that sell home décor at deep discounts. For $30 or $40 you can score a few new throw pillows, a lamp, or a wall accessory such as a decorative mirror.
You can give your doors and drawers a facelift simply by changing the knobs and handles. Door handles can range from $25- $100. For around $50, you can change all the drawer handles and knobs in a smaller room in the house such as the bathroom. Home Depot and Handlesets.com has a great selection of knobs and handles.
5) Deep Cleaning
With some cleaning supplies and a little elbow grease, you can change the look (and smell) of any room. For about $25 a day, you can rent a carpet cleaner which cleans better than regular vacuuming. Pay close attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Don’t forget about your home’s exterior. Power washing can significantly improve your home’s looks. A good deep cleaning will really make your home look great and it won’t be very expensive, especially if you do the work yourself.
6) Hang photos
The best pictures to hang in your house are often times saved in your computer or camera. You can even edit and change the color of some scenic pictures to black and white for a more modern look or sepia for an antique look. Aaron Brothers has a great selection of frames and often times have big sales like buy one, get one for a penny. You can also swap pictures in an old painting or old photo frame to save money.
7) Add plants
You can breathe life into a room simply by adding a few plants. Take a look around your yard and pick out greenery or flowers and place them in a pot. Artificial plants also look great in any room.
8 ) Wall Graphics
Wall graphics are made from self-adhesive vinyl or polypropylene film. It has become more and more popular over the years and what’s even better is that they are temporary. With designs starting at $25, you can change the look of your room as much as you change your mind. Whatisblik.com has a huge assortment of wall decals perfect for any room.
Rearranging your furniture can add a whole new depth and perception to a room. Try angling chairs and have them face each other for a more inviting look. Even switching lamps to different tables can liven up your dull décor. You can even switch furniture in between rooms.
10) New uses for old things
Every house has an assortment of unused or old items just lying around the house. You can create new uses for your old stuff. An old ceramic pitcher can be used as a flower vase. Turn old ribbon into curtain ties or an unused clear vase into a candy dish. Sky’s the limit!
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“A Painting Party” Photo Credit: Moon Stars and Paper
“Guest House Living Room” Photo Credit: Chad Jones
Humans are quite short, if you think about it. Still, we build upward; always reaching higher collectively than any of us could individually—all thanks to the mighty ladder.
For thousands of years, humans have used ladders in some form. Mesolithic humans made hanging ladders from grass; the oceanic tribes of antiquity used shaved trees with ascending notches carved in them. These effective leaning ladders changed how those tribes were able to accomplish essential tasks like building shelters or setting traps.
Modern Americans are similar in that regard. Sure, we use ladders to install those aw-inspiring Christmas decorations on the roof, but we also use this ancient tool to build our structures, access the most optimal areas to complete tasks and repairs for daily life, and so much more.
Whatever the use, many different kinds of ladders are now available to anyone who needs to get a little bit higher.
- Leaners: This most primitive ladder is still one of the most widely used. Modern designs include telescoping features, which allow the ladder to be extended to about twice its original size. This is incredibly helpful when storage space is limited, or when an exceptionally high thing must be reached, like the roof of a 4 story building.Leaners have no top platform, so you’re able to step freely from the higher rungs without causing an imbalance. Leaners also give the user the ability to directly face an object while leaning against it. Standard A-frames force the user to line up sideways, but leaners give immediate access to whatever job needs to be done. Electricians and builders find this incredibly helpful, especially when dangerous or hazardous materials are involved.
- Garage ladders: This is your basic ladder, and probably the most common ladder in use today because of its practicality and tried-and-true design. The A-frame allows the user to operate the ladder without a wall to lean against, but the base is wide enough so that nothing could knock it over. This kind of ladder is ideal for painting large rooms, reaching garage door openers, changing light bulbs—anything at all around the house, garage, or yard. Initially, this type of ladder could only be climbed safely on one side, but double-sided garage ladders allow you to ascend from either side.
- Collapsible Ladders: After the A-frame was perfected, engineers went ahead and upgraded the entire idea altogether and made the A-frame collapsible. Now it not only folds together from a pivot point at the top, but it folds sideways too, making the ladder efficient in several ways. Not only is this kind of ladder easily stored, but it is much more portable and less cumbersome to carry from task to task. This kind of ladder benefits households, small businesses, and the neighborhood handyman alike. Everyone needs a ladder sometime, and if space and convenience are important factors in your decision, lightweight collapsible ladders are ideal.
- Stepstools: We can’t forget about the ladder’s little brother. Stepstools take the place of bigger, heavier ladders when only a few feet need to be gained. Washing cars, reaching the back corner of the top shelf in a closet or pantry, reaching that chain on the ceiling fan in the living room to finally turn the light on a different setting—all these are legitimate and common uses for a stepstool. And they’re small enough to keep in a closet or crawlspace. Many compact stepstools also collapse so they can be kept in any place at all: the trunk of a car, the shed in the backyard, or the RV. Those of us who are “vertically challenged” find the uses for stepstools endless—and necessary!
- RV Ladders: Ladders for your RV are generally lighter and easier to store, since your available space is extremely limited. It’s important to keep a good ladder on-hand in your RV for routine maintenance and cleaning, as well as to perform unexpected repairs to the exterior of your vehicle mid-trip.
A ladder is one of the most primitive tools that humans use, and also one of the most effective, efficient, and necessary. Some of us have uncanny climbing abilities or are gifted in the height department—but for the rest of us, ladders do the trick.
In your RV, you’ll cross from coast to coast along Dwight Eisenhower’s epic interstate system and see the National Parks created by Teddy Roosevelt’s love of the outdoors. You’ll gaze at more stars than you ever thought you’d see in expansive city-less places, and you might even get stuck along some back alley street in one of those cities you’ve never seen.
- First Aid. Since an RV is essentially a home, you must carry with you all first aid materials you keep at your stationary domicile, namely Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment (Neosporin). Let’s face it, we all have a first aid kit, but Band-Aids and Neosporin are always the first things to run out. Still, you absolutely need to carry gauze, bandages, tape, scissors, air splints, hydrogen peroxide, and foot/hand warmers, as well as any medications and other things that could help in any kind of emergency.
- Communications. Cell phone service doesn’t last forever, and it may not be there when you need it most (call it Murphy’s Law). Test the communications system in your RV, including CB radios and GPS devices. There are nearly a thousand satellites in orbit around the globe, but there are still some places untouched by the beams of the machines. Be sure to have communication devices other than your cell phone.
- Backups. Check your tires and the spares. Check your fuses, check your cabin lights, your headlights and taillights and reverse lights. Check them all—and then bring backups.
- Food. Be sure to have extra food with a longer shelf life on hand. Canned and other packaged goods including soup, crackers, nutrition bars, oatmeal, cereal, etc. Got kids? Then you know the drill. Pop Tarts, Ice-Pops, Twizzlers, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches should hold over the little ones in case there’s a bump in the road.
- Equipment. RVs are complex machines. Every RV should be taken care of with a watchful eye, and brushed with a fine-toothed comb. Bring a set of tools that allows you to maintain any RV emergency until you can get to a mechanic or service station. You don’t want to be stuck out there in the great wilderness without help or a clue.
Start with this equipment list and build from there:
- Have the manual for your RV at all times. So often we toss out the manual or don’t keep track of where we put it—after all, we won’t need it, right? Wrong.
- A ratchet set is paramount, and so are Philips head and flathead screwdrivers of varying sizes. A hammer (with an adze or a mallet), a few wedges and a bunch of work gloves will come in handy.
- Safety goggles and other injury prevention equipment, like a helmet or kneepads incase the undercarriage of your ride must be accessed.
- Tire chains are vital when you approach unexpected inclement weather. Same goes for ice scrapers for window frost. Never pour water to melt the ice on your windows.
- And last but not least, a dependable compact ladder. RVs aren’t short vehicles, even with hydraulic lowering systems that bring the door to street-level. That engine is high. You’ll probably need a ladder to do anything effective in the heart and mind of your RV. But fear not—dragging an old 50-pound ladder with you from sea to shining sea is no longer a reality. With the advent of lightweight ladder technology, collapsible ladders can fold into conveniently small sizes and weigh next to nothing—perfect for the smart and organized traveler. The best part is, they can fold up like this while maintaining their durability and quality.
While you’re up there tinkering in the engine, pour some more windshield wiper fluid in the reservoir. Now spend time scraping several hundred bugs from your windshield. Nope, you couldn’t do that without a ladder. Nor could you change the headlights or scare your sleeping family by banging on the window next to their bunks in the back. After all, you’re on a road trip; you might as well have some fun.
Just don’t let that fun interfere with keeping yourself, your passengers, your fellow drivers, and your roving machine safe. It’s worth the precautions you take and the time you spend going through this checklist of essential items. And remember—you’re piloting a several-ton hunk of metal, often at speeds or declinations that would rival a rollercoaster. Take it easy, and take care of your RV and its cargo.
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To get a job done correctly, you need the right tools. Of course it is possible to find ways around certain aspects of a job, but it will most likely result in poor quality, inefficiency, or even injury. If you want everything to work out (what’s a job if it’s not done right?), you will have to make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials before you even start. The following guide will help acquaint you with all the tools that you will need for your home improvement projects for years to come.
• TAPE MEASURE: A tape measure is among the most important tools for a home improvement job, or for any sort of construction job, for that matter. Most tape measures go up to 35 feet, in some cases a little more or a little less. When you are using new materials, everything will need to be measured. Even if you are just doing some basic replacements, you will have to make some measurements before removing or installing anything. This includes everything from window blinds to measuring space for a new couch.
• SQUARE: Squares are important because there are so many applications in which materials have to be installed (such as cabinets) and it must be determined if the wall or floor is square. You must have a starting point that is square (at a 90 degree angle), and this tool will help a great deal.
• LEVEL: A level is a tool between one and four feet long that has liquid inside with a bubble that functions as an indicator. When the object that you are measuring is level (flat), the bubble will be between the two hash lines. A level can be used for vertical and horizontal measurements, and ensures that anything from flooring to frames won’t be crooked.
• CHALK LINE: A chalk line is a tool that consists of a string inside of a box encased in chalk. When pulled out, it can be used like a pencil, but is snapped on the ground. A chalk line can also mark in an instant a line up to 25 feet long. This is sometimes more practical than a straightedge.
• STRAIGHTEDGE: A straight-edge is a tool approximately six feet long, made of steel. A straight edge is used as a guide to cut things in a straight line. It can be used as a guide for either a saw or a utility knife.
• CLAW HAMMER: With a claw hammer, not only can you hammer and pound things, you can also use it to pull up nails. There is also a tool called a nail puller, which is designed specifically for pulling up nails, but you may not need that specific tool unless you are doing a bunch of demolition work. In a normal home improvement project, a claw hammer should suffice.
• DRILL: Used for drilling holes (with different types and sizes of drill bits) or mixing up various products, such as drywall compounds or paint. Drills are also used in the application of a fastener, mainly screws (including different types of screws).
• CIRCULAR SAW: Circular saws are used to cut laminates and wood. Circular saws can be equipped with different types of blades so they can cut plastic or metal.
• JIGSAW: A jigsaw is a type of reciprocating saw, but a small version that is used to cut an assortment of patterns that cannot be cut with a circular saw. A circular saw can only cut straight lines, whereas a jigsaw can make all sorts of designs.
• SAWSALL: This universal demolition tool is used for cutting open walls, floors, and ceilings. It comes with an assortment of blades, enabling it to cut through wood, plastic, or metal. The sawsall is an extremely important tool in demolition.
• PLUMBING PLIERS: Plumbing pliers are very handy, and used for hooking up just about anything that uses water or gas, which includes pipes, drains, valves, appliances, gas lines, and more.
• PIPE WRENCH: A pipe wrench is used for the same applications as plumbing pliers, but for bigger fittings, such as gas lines, furnaces, and air conditioning or ventilation units.
• SCREWDRIVERS: Pretty much self-explanatory, but everything is put together with screws these days. You will want a slotted screw and a Phillips head screw.
• TROWEL: Trowels are used for spreading everything from flooring cements to concrete.
• LADDER: We could never leave this one off our list. Compact ladders are essential to any home improvement project. Lightweight ladders are necessary for a variety of tasks, including giving the home a fresh coat of paint (inside and outside), changing light fixtures, hanging photos or other decorative items, cleaning the roof and gutters, trimming trees, and so on. Without a ladder, even the simplest of tasks can become impossible.
Those tools should get you through any home improvement project. The list does not stop there, however. Other important items you will need may include a belt sander, paint brushes, caulk guns, and various other tools. Keep your tool box and bench stocked with these things and you’ll be a DIY guru in no time.
Road trips in an RV are always a fun adventure. You can see just about anything and go just about anywhere. With an RV, it’s your home away from home everywhere you go! But what should you pack? What do you need to have every time you hit the open road? There are certain items you should have with you at all times. It’s understandable that it’s hard to avoid bringing everything but the kitchen sink. As you go on trips, you’ll eventually evaluate what you need and don’t need. In the meantime, for a safe and fun RV experience, here are some things that can help you:
Tools and RV Supplies
It may be a no brainer, but a tool kit should be on board at all times. Remember that you’re in a RV and space is limited. These tools should be versatile, easily stored, and accessible. As you RV more, you will come to know which tools are always used versus the tools that just take up space in your toolbox. Some essential tools include screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, a hammer, electrical tape, duct tape, various nuts, bolts, screws. Be sure to always carry jumper cables, or even a battery charger. Road flares, a jack, and a spare tire should always be on board, as well. Another essential item you need is a compact ladder to access the roof. Our SLD-D7 is a perfect RV folding ladder. It’s lightweight, compact, and easy to store. With the folded dimensions at just 87x4x4, it’s truly a space saver!
First Aid Kit
The next vital item on your RV should be a First Aid Kit. Accidents can happen inside and outside of your RV so make sure that your kit contains at least the basics: Band-Aids, gauze pads, disinfectant, bug spray, sunscreen, aloe vera, ice packs, anti-itch ointment, etc. There are also potential fire hazards in and out of the RV so make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand.
As you go on more trips, it’s apparent that there will be wear and tear on your RV. There are particular items that will need replacing. Bring along spares, such as extra light bulbs, batteries, extension cords, tubes, flashlights, even a back up rear view mirror and fluids for the RV like oil and transmission fluid.
“Are we there yet?” RV trips are great fun, but let’s face it; you will most likely be on the road for hours on end. It’s always a good idea to bring a few games on board. Bring along a couple decks of cards, board games, handheld electronic games and don’t forget games for the outdoors as well such as football, horseshoes, bocce ball, etc.