I have a 40 foot extension ladder. I hate using this ladder because it is very heavy and a real pain to raise, which I usually do alone. I’m painting my house and I need to use it. I can get the ladder raised but the problems start when I want to extend it or move the bottom in closer to the house. Thats when the ladder end pads catch on the bottom of the clapboards and prevent the ladder from going up. I end up bouncing the ladder trying to get it over the edge of the clapboard, probably not the safest thing. I can raise it with the rope if the bottom of the ladder Is close enough to the house (at a steeper angle that is not save to climb) but I can’t get the ladder closer to the house because the top is caught on the edge of the clapboard.
Anyone else run into this? How do you handle it? Am I missing something on how to properly adjust a ladder?