Gulliver sitting on a building in Lilliput with all the Lilliputians gathered around him.

Giant sitting

Gulliver sitting on a building in Lilliput with all the Lilliputians gathered around him.

The painters' step ladder shows that this ladder is quite like the trestle but has wide, flat steps on one side only instead of round rungs on both sides. When it is necessary to work from a ladder this step ladder is more comfortable because the steps are wider than the round rungs on the trestles and so do not tire the feet so quickly. The sizes of step ladders are: 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 feet long.

Step Ladder

The painters' step ladder shows that this ladder is quite like the trestle but has wide, flat steps…

There is an English type of extension ladder which has a windlass in the bottom section to raise the upper sections by winding the crank, instead of pushing the upper sections up by hand as is commonly done with ordinary extension ladders. A rope is tied to the upper section of ladder at the bottom. Then the rope is passed through a pulley or block at the top of the lower ladder section. Turning the windlass handle winds the rope up and raises the upper ladder easily.

Windlass Extension Ladders

There is an English type of extension ladder which has a windlass in the bottom section to raise the…

Man excercising on a ladder.

Ladders

Man excercising on a ladder.

These are practically the same type as Long Ladders, plus mechanical devices permit fastening two or three long ladders together, one atop of the other to make them one extremely long ladder. The two-section ladders reach from 20 to 40 feet. The three-section ladders reach from 30 to 60 feet. Some extension ladders have small wheels set into the side-rails at the top of the upper section. These permit the upper ends of the ladder to roll up freely against the side of the house as it is being raised from below.

Extension Ladders

These are practically the same type as Long Ladders, plus mechanical devices permit fastening two or…

These are of the common type. They are used to reach most areas to be painted on exteriors of buildings. Practically all surfaces on one and one and one-half story bungalows and cottages are reached with these ladders without using a swing stage. Also they are often adequate for two-story houses. Of course, one can work faster from planks or platforms on large surfaces; so time is saved by not using long ladders often, even where they reach easily. These are made of sound Norway pine, as a rule, with turned hickory rungs mortised into the side rails and nailed there. Lengths are: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 feet.

Long Ladders

These are of the common type. They are used to reach most areas to be painted on exteriors of buildings.…

These are two-sided ladders used mostly for interior work, though they are handy too for certain exterior painting tasks. A plank placed on any rung of one and extended to that of another makes a splendid scaffold from which to paint a side wall. Four or six trestles with planks between them make up a scaffold from which a ceiling can be easily reached. Trestles are made substantially like long ladders. Two are hinged and permanently fastened together at the top. Made in lengths of 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 feet long.

Trestle

These are two-sided ladders used mostly for interior work, though they are handy too for certain exterior…