I was about to set up a stepladder to hang a new dining-room chandelier when I noticed that the ladder’s feet were muddy from the last job. It was winter in Chicago — not a convenient time to go outside and hose off the ladder. I thought about spreading a drop cloth and then decided to try something a little simpler. I used heavy rubber bands to secure a shop rag over each foot of the ladder. These socks stayed put no matter where I put the ladder, and I didn’t have to worry about snagging the drop cloth or tripping over the folds that inevitably crisscross one.
Brad R. Johnson, Park Ridge, IL