Just for fun!

Just because a project is small doesn't always mean it is easy. This is a fellow artist friend of mine in New Mexico. He came up with an interesting solution for how to reach a difficult place.
The biggest problem . . . don't scratch the bottom of the pool!!!!
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not so easy
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Who would have thought?
  24 answers
  • 3po3 3po3 on Jan 03, 2012
    Ingenious. And his feet look dry. Can he walk on water?
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jan 03, 2012
    Thinking outside of the box and INSIDE of the pool
  • That's a good solution. I can't count the amount of "creative" ways I've had to set a ladder to get where I needed. :)
  • Steve, there is a smaller ladder in the water so he didn't need to swim to it. I think that all of us who are in the construction/ renovation industry have found ourselves in some tricky situations. I would love to see any photos that you have. I bet we could all get together and write a book. Now we just need a catchy title!!! Any ideas?
  • Creative solutions are great. Just a reminder about safety. Many in the construction industry are probably aware of someone who was seriously injured by falling off a ladder. Here in Atlanta (and many on this website) know my good friend Lou Alvarado, President of NARI (and also a Hometalk member--Handy Husband). He's a miracle in his wheelchair but I know he would love to have his legs back.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 04, 2012
    Phoolish painter
  • Now that's scary. If my friend falls, it is more like a back flip into the water.
  • You have to admire his persistence and determination to get the job done! For safety a helmet would help, but not the answer for the rest of him! Glad it went off without a hitch! Thanks for sharing!
  • SawHorse Design Build SawHorse Design Build on Jan 05, 2012
    Hopefully no one from OSHA reads this
  • Now that's creative!
  • That gazebo is so perfect for my house you have no idea!
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 05, 2012
    Sheila, in the painting biz it's called 'jumping ladders' when one steps from one extended ladder to the next. It's the best way to spray a house quickly to minimize the chance of getting lap marks and it saves time and energy as well. It may look scary but when you are used to working on ladders, it's like walking down the street; you are just trusting your partner to set it up right. CP
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jan 05, 2012
    Sheila and Peace...I started rock climbing when I was 14...and just as you say...heights are mostly in you head...when you look straight ahead the wall is only 1-2 feet away...not scary at all.
  • KMS, you are right about that. I still use some of my old climbing equipment when I'm up on scaffold.
  • Peace Painting Co., Inc. Peace Painting Co., Inc. on Jan 06, 2012
    That's what I call being closer to God and getting a raise.
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jan 06, 2012
    At least when rock climbing the stuff your climbing on does not move...the swaying of 20 to 30 feet of scaffold can freak some folks out.
  • Agreed there KMS. It only looks like you are way up there when you look down! Keep your eyes forward or up and things feel a lot better. Sight is the biggest factor to not feeling comfortable. Another trick I use when way up on a boom lift or swing stage is to put cardboard along the bottom to the cage/basket to block my sight.
  • The first time I worked on high scaffold my knees were shaking like a sewing machine. Once you get used to being up there, it is a piece of cake. But, I was taught to get into the habit of pretending there is glue stuck on my feet. You are not allowed to move them unless you are looking where you are stepping. It is easy to get SO comfortable that you walk right off the edge.
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jan 07, 2012
    In rock climbing circles...the jumpy leg is often called "sewing machine leg"...on some climbs I have heard people shout up the the afflicted individual...and say...YO FRED, WHAT ARE YOU DOING UP THERE SEWING A DRESS. and to that Fred would reply with a 1 finger salute.
  • Tammy M Tammy M on Jan 07, 2012
    Wow! Now this is a back yard oasis. It is simply gorgeous! Someday ;o)
  • KMS, Were they hollering at a tall girl with long blonde hair? We may have already met in an earlier life. On second thought, my name isn't FRED!!!LOL
  • Faidra at  CA Global Inc Faidra at CA Global Inc on Jan 07, 2012
    beautful pool area
  • Kelly S Kelly S on Mar 15, 2013
    So long as all he is doing is painting. We saw a safety video of what happens with metal ladders in swimming pools when using a drill and extension cord to mount exterior lighting. The electrician was shocked because his connections were in the water. He lived but was badly burned, the outlet was not a GFCI. Scaffolding and heights don't bother me but I don't like the flexing in the extension ladders. I haven't tried rock climbing but I do like rappelling.
  • Gar123700 Gar123700 on Mar 15, 2013
    Better idea... think about this before you build! make your remodels.. or new builds accessible.. LOL this is very funny and sad..