Asked on Feb 16, 2013

How to paint vinyl shutters outside second story window with a very unleveled ground below. A ladder cannot be used.

Trent-Tonya Sharp3po3Hamtil Construction LLC


cannot back a truck in to create a level area for the ladder.
6 answers
  • 3po3
    on Feb 17, 2013

    Is it possible to set up a scaffolding?

  • Chris your right by not using a ladder on a out of level surface. However pros come across this issue all the time. You can improved your ladder by installing a device on the ladder that fixes this issue for you safely. Many higher end ladders come with them, but you can purchase this and install on the one you have. Ladder leveling devices not only make it safer but increases the ability to use the ladder in more locations such on stairs and such. There are other types and brands but that link is just one of them. Simply Google Ladder levelers and you will be directed to them. If you do not want to spend the money, simply rent a ladder from local rental shop that offers this device. Just do not put any wood, bricks or home made supports that could fail.

  • Nest Home Improvement
    on Feb 17, 2013

    Check with your local rental center as they may have a boom or similar lift you can rent by the day or half day.

  • Hamtil Construction LLC
    on Feb 17, 2013

    Agree that adding leveling leg to your ladder is a good option here. Alternatively, maybe you could hire someone to come remove the shutters so you can paint them on the ground, then come back to reinstall them later... ??

  • 3po3
    on Feb 18, 2013

    I like Hamtil's idea. Is it possible to safely remove the shutters by reaching out from the second story windows?

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Feb 18, 2013

    how about scaffold? my husbands business is scaffolding and they use it anywhere. it adjust to levels and locks in place and you can tie off with a safety harness. find a business that rents them out in your area.

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