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Hardware Tip of the Week: Extension Ladder Extension and Installing Shelving

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Ladder Extension: If you’re constantly on a ladder for your job or around the house, you know that the higher up you go the more you need an extension ladder...for more than the obvious reason. It’s also with the higher you climb, the bigger the problem it is going back and forth, or up and down. Getting tools, paint or brushes (and anything else you might have forgotten) is quite a chore.
After a while, it can get to be a very wearing experience, but there’s a solution.
Create a dual-sided moveable hanger device by first cutting a 5/8 or 1-inch dowel rod about 5 feet wide.
Then put a notch or two in each end, slide it through the hollow ladder rung at the height you’re working and hang buckets of paint or tools right where you need them. When you move, take them with you.
Installing Shelves: Installing shelves? Hanging a mirror? You’ll need more than drywall to hang them on. You need the solid backing of a “stud” the vertical 2x4’s behind finished walls. Here’s six ways to find them ranging from hi-tech to low-tech to no-tech and even “what the heck”.
• Most reliable is the hi-tech electronic stud finder that detects changes in density. Pass it over a wall and lights and tones tell when you’ve found a stud. Some signal pipes, cable and wires too.
• “Low-tech” magnetic finders locate screws and nails but they also find wiring, pipes and air ducts that may be nowhere near a stud.
• “No-tech” methods include tapping and listening or noting where switches and outlets are installed and eyeball techniques like holding a light close to a wall and looking for nail heads and seams.
• Finally, the “what-the-heck” method involves drilling a hole and either being lucky enough to hit a stud or (if not) inserting a coat hanger and fishing around inside for a stud.
And that’s the Tip of the week from Island Tackle & Hardware.