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Do you walk under ladders?

     Now that is a superstition that I would bet very few builders have.

     We walk under ladders all the time.

     In fact, most builders think ladders are recreational equipment----at least we did in the early days of my building career----prior to when I had employees----prior to the watchful eyes of OSHA.

     Since we were already climbing all over houses anyway, it was only natural that the apparatus that enabled us to climb all over houses would themselves become a means of amusement and entertainment----as comfort levels with their use increased.

     Not only did we walk under ladders, we would climb up the ladders on the underside of the rungs as well as slide down the ladders without the rungs.  We would increase the extension of the ladders while we were still on them and think nothing of standing on the top of a step ladder----you know the place where it says “DO NOT STAND” in big red letters----we would do these things AS IF IT WERE NORMAL.  Of course these methods of ladder use were never shown on the ladder safety instructions (What were they?) and of course these practices would have been scorned by OSHA.  But this would have been in the good old days of building----and one of the fringes of being self employed----back when building houses was dangerous and sex was safe----now it is the other way around.

     This little conversation and reminiscing is all to get us to the point of the original question.  But the question has a caveat. 

     Would you rather walk under a ladder or use this front entryway every day?

 

 

Arches Smarches

Charles Buell

Seattle Home Inspectors, ASHI Home Inspector, Structural Pest Inspector, Charles Buell Inspections Inc, Seattle, WA

 

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Comment balloon 33 commentsCharles Buell • August 29 2009 11:50AM

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Good day Charles;  back in the day when building was dangerous and sex was safe.  Great line.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 9 years ago

Hey Charles, and how many times have we tossed two or three ladders together to make some scaffolding? Sometimes you got to do what you got to do! By the way, that arch way looks like a headache waiting to happen!

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Kenneth, thanks---it is adapted from an old climbing joke about remembering when climbing was dangerous and sex was save to now climbing being safe and sex being dangerous.

Dan, or kicking the ladder against the car roof rack:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

err... I'll take "underneath the ladder" for $200, Alex.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Alan, excellent choice---next category......

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, I think I would much rather walk under the ladder. That entry way just looks like an accident waiting to happen, and with my luck it would happen to me!

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) over 9 years ago

Jan, a little earthquake or a big truck thundering by and all bets are off:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, I only get nervous when things aren't going well to begin with...
I hope your day goes well,
Paul

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 9 years ago

Paul, ahhh yes----there is always that isn't there:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I think I am a lot more cautious than I was when I was younger. That entrance looks scary!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

How about the last rung of the extension ladder hanging off the tailgate of the pickup in order to get up on the roof. On the other hand ... that entry way looks like an accident just waiting to happen.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 9 years ago

What happened to good old-fashioned archway construction liek they did in the Middle Ages? Those arches were built to last (muttering in my beard :) )...

Posted by Shoshana Shay (St. Pete Realty) over 9 years ago

Hello Charles, by chance is this home in West Seattle and was entry in this condition before or after the Nisqually Quake?  Those West Seattleites don't seem to mind driving in on the Alaskan Way Viaduct all these years after the quake (now that walk under the AWV from Pike's Place Market to the Waterfront Scares Me!)  Great photo - and I still try to avoid going under ladders.  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 9 years ago

Charles, I have one daughter who could walk under that archway for years and nothing would happen, another who would climb up to check out the archway, the oldest would fall over just looking upward and my last daughter would not be interested because she's rather be shopping.

So I guess it depends on who you are asking:)

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Ain't no center stone!

Many times I have put a ladder in the back of a pick up to access something at a particular angle or just to gain height!  Getting the truck into position is usually the hardest thing!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

That is some bad settlement problem!  I think it may last for another 100 years but I wouldn't want to sleep under it.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Lizette, in some was I am and in other ways I am not.

Suesan, not much holding up

Shoshana, definitely not built to the same standards

John could as well have been but in this case, Ballard area

Kate, I was asking you:)

Jay---the truck doesn't move much though does it.

Barbara, so hard to predict isn't it?

 

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I am not superstitious so walking under a ladder is not a problem. Unless some yahoo decides to come sliding down.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

In that case I would probably shinny up the downspout onto the roof.

Nutsy

 

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nutsy, meet my friend. He is waiting for you in the downspout.

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Hey Charles,

Yes, I walk under ladders and no I wouldn't want to keep walking under that archway!!

Kate, you just had to, didn't ya??!!!! 

Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com) over 9 years ago

Mr. Tony. you know I do because I must. It is my civic duty to protect ActiveRain bloggers.

Ms. Kate

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Mrs Kate,

Is that a green mamba? Do you already have one?

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Yep but he's been asking for you.

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Well thanks much Mrs Kate. I was planning o doing something nice for you, and you bought one for yourself. By the way, do you have a copy of Wheatloaf's album, on vinyl, Squirrel Out of Hell. Perhaps I could comp a copy of that to you as a goodwill gesture.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

James, now who would do that?:)

Nutsy---and leaving a trail of mustard as you go----no thanks.

Kate, are you trying to kill a perfectly good snake?

Tony, I agree

Kate, and thank you for that

Nutsy, I always knew you had a home.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Sure, Nutsy, whatever floats your boat. But I'd prefer music from Willy Nelson or Roy Orbison. Ms. Kate

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

I'm sorry Charles, but I want what's behind door # 3.  I do walk under ladders and I wouldn't want to walk under that accident waiting to happen either.  I hope this house has another door that can be used until this gets fixed.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Tammy there is a side door to use:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

No snakes were killed in this presentation. In fact the snake is on a mission, a hungry mission, if you catch my drift...

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Nothing quite like a nice meal:)

Where's Nutsy?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I will check with Mr. Mamba to see if he likes his "nice meal" barbequed or served with salsa.

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Now there's a not so welcoming entryway.

I'll walk under the ladder thank you very much.

But isn't it bad luck to be superstitious?!!!!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 9 years ago

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