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Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof Without Crushing Gutters

When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters. This is a guide about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters.
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December 6, 2007

When using an extension ladder in cleaning gutters or going on the roof of the house, etc., your weight on the ladder can damage, crush, or even tear off your gutters when you put the ladder up against the gutters before climbing.

To prevent damage by a ladder, get a delivery type plastic milk crate. Place it on the ground, open side down. Extend the ladder at least 3 rungs above the crate. Use wire, string, or bungy cord to secure the crate to the ladder, around the middle of the rung itself.

Slowly raise the ladder, with crate attached, to the roof just above the gutter. The crate will sit directly on the roof, keeping the ladder off the gutter, preventing contact, therefore preventing crushing or bending the gutter! The crate will sit flat on the roof, no matter what pitch, making the ladder more stable also.

By Wayne from Buffalo Valley, TN

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Anonymous
November 9, 20151 found this helpful

do you have a photograph?

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June 12, 20180 found this helpful

Works great! Thank you for the idea. I used a milk crate today on a ladder when working on my daughters house.

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June 13, 20180 found this helpful

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