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How to Stop The Ladder on Your Truck From Whistling

comments (4) October 18th, 2010 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:29
Produced by: John Ross


Silence the 16-foot piccolo on top of your truck

Joey Kaylor from Flyd, VA writes:

If you're running down the road with howling ladders atop the truck, you might want to try this trick. Squirt a dab of expanding polyurethane foam into the ends of the ladder rungs. Plugged-up rungs keep out the wind, eliminating the annoying hum of the high-speed extension ladder.

 

BONUS TIP: Roof-rack roller

George Hennigan from Baldwin, NY writes:

I use a lot of ladders and planks on my carpentry rounds. To help get them on and off the roof of my van, I slipped a 30-in long section of 2-in dia. PVC pipe over the rack's rear crossbar. Now the loads slide easily onto the rack, and with the roller on only the rear rack, I can leave the width adjuster on the front rack.



posted in: Blogs, bases and stands, ladder

Comments (4)

gramparon gramparon writes: Not a bad idea, But this is how I solved the same problem. Get some that foam insulation you put over your water pipes, ( usually black with a slice to allow it to open and slide over the pipe ) I cut 2 " long rolled it tight and slid it in on both sides of the rung, nice and quiet now
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Jencar Jencar writes: Great tips...although the second one won't work with lumber rack on my truck. I'd like to make a request tho...although Chuck is "folksy" and knowledgeable, I'd like to see a cute young guy demonstrate some of these things! :D
Thanks, Jen (25 year Carpenter, mom and grandmom)

Posted: 6:45 am on October 25th

caywest caywest writes: I like the idea on using an old tape measure tape to snake something from the top to the bottom of an exterior wall, but you neglected to say how it manages to get past the firestop (maybe you call it blocking) that is de rigeur for wall framing. If there is no blocking in the way, anything other than a speaker wire run in this manner is going to be at peril for screws or nails piercing it at a later date. I'd be pretty leery of running Romex in this manner.
Posted: 6:26 am on October 25th

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