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Reuben Saltzman

Trade tip: make your ladder scratch-free

We do our best to leave houses in the same condition that we found them in, and that includes the gutters. If I lean an aluminum ladder up against a gutter, I’m going to scratch it up.

Ladder scratches at gutter

I’ve never received a complaint from a homeowner saying we scratched up the gutters, and I hope I never do. My old trick was to throw a towel, jacket, or sweatshirt over the end of my ladder before leaning it against a gutter, but I’ve found a far better solution. Tape!

Tape at ladder 3

By applying electrical tape to the portion of my ladder that leans against the gutter, it no longer scratches the gutter. The tape lasts for a long time, and it’s easy to replace when needed.

No scratches caused by ladder 2

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Author: Reuben SaltzmanStructure Tech Home Inspections

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5 responses to “Trade tip: make your ladder scratch-free”

  1. Gordy Kaufmann
    March 26, 2019, 4:37 am

    That’s a great tip Rueben. We’ll be taping up our ladders today.

  2. Reuben Saltzman
    March 26, 2019, 4:49 am

    Thank you, Gordy. Good to hear from you!

  3. Tom
    March 26, 2019, 6:37 am

    Excellent idea!

  4. Rob
    March 26, 2019, 11:54 am

    This is the sort of attention to detail that separates the top contractors from the rest!

    Thanks for the tip Reuben!

  5. Robin Shoberg
    March 26, 2019, 12:36 pm

    I use duct or gorilla tape, I don’t know if it last longer than electrician tape or not.

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