Extension ladders are a must for painting on higher areas of the home. But where do you put the paint? Here’s how to create your own hanging device from a wooden dowel purchased at the home center:

  1. Choose the largest dowel that will fit inside the hollow rungs of the ladder (usually 5/8″ to 1″).
  2. Cut notches in each end of the dowel about one inch from the ends and no more than 1/3 of the way through.
  3. Slide the dowel through the ladder rung that’s nearest the height at which you’ll be working.

Now you’ve got the perfect spot to hang your paint can or any other tools you may need.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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