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While we're on the subject of leaning ladders, up against a tree or a power pole presents serious risk!
I use a length of Nylon rope wrapped tightly in a figure-8* around the top of the two ladder sides. It makes a non-slip 'saddle' that clings to the round profile of the vertical pole.
I looked at the commercial options and went with my solution...feels very secure when I'm up there.
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* I should have added that I do at least four wraps but not overlapped.
Hmmm.... never seen one of those. Might just have to rig up the home made version. I sometimes use my extension ladder to trim my trees..... gets exciting at times.
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Hmmm.... never seen one of those. Might just have to rig up the home made version. I sometimes use my extension ladder to trim my trees..... gets exciting at times.
I have some trees I'd like to do a little pruning on myself, if only the ladder would be stable. It looks like a two person job.
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Uh, yeh...don't lean the top rung against a vertical rounded surface, Bryan! Bad ju-ju may/will follow.
I think that the fallers here would also suggest that using a chainsaw off a ladder is also a really bad idea

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I have the same as BrianS. I bought them about 15 years ago at Home Hardware and they work great. Easy to take off and on and I think I paid $15 for them at the time.
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I have the same as BrianS. I bought them about 15 years ago at Home Hardware and they work great. Easy to take off and on and I think I paid $15 for them at the time.
I've had the same thing for 20+ years and never had a problem. They work great.
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Default I've made my choice

I went with the more expensive option, I chose the Ladder-Max.

I liked the arched one you guys have mentioned but I need most of my 16' ladder length, I'm not getting up on the roof. I want to place my standoff on the highest rung.
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if you are putting gutter guards that are like a screen, hopefully, you don't have trees close by. I did that once. The little fuzzies from a sycamore tree got on top of the screens, got wet and pulled the gutters loose. Got rid of them. I put the ladder on the deck, climb on the roof a couple times a year, clean out all the crap and hose out what I can't pick up. Wife thinks because I'm almost 70 I'm old and decrepit. My grandfather used to climb up our silo, scoot around the edge (6 inch thick concrete, 40 feet up) and secure the piping for filling the silo. He was in his 60s. BTW, retired iron worker.

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I went with the more expensive option, I chose the Ladder-Max.

I liked the arched one you guys have mentioned but I need most of my 16' ladder length, I'm not getting up on the roof. I want to place my standoff on the highest rung.
Bryan; you follow the five rung rule, right?
If you're close you might consider buying a 24'...you'll feel a lot less threatened.
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if you are putting gutter guards that are like a screen, hopefully, you don't have trees close by. I did that once. The little fuzzies from a sycamore tree got on top of the screens, got wet and pulled the gutters loose. Got rid of them. I put the ladder on the deck, climb on the roof a couple times a year, clean out all the crap and hose out what I can't pick up. Wife thinks because I'm almost 70 I'm old and decrepit. My grandfather used to climb up our silo, scoot around the edge (6 inch thick concrete, 40 feet up) and secure the piping for filling the silo. He was in his 60s. BTW, retired iron worker.
John,

I have a Silver Maple and a Pin Oak near by and these are the trees I'm trying to prevent the leaves and the rest of the junk they put out several times a year. The Maple puts out the whirly birds and some BB size junk and the Oak puts off some puffy looking stuff as well. I did get the micro screen type guards so I'll have to keep an on them. I really don't know yet what problems I'll have as I'm sure there will be some tradeoff but they are going up. Time will tell.

And being a Iron Worker as you are climbing and heights aren't nothing to you. As for me, I've gotten a little top heavy with age so I'm no-longer as agile, balance as I used to be so I'm working on making this as safe of a project as possible.

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