Extension Ladder Bucket Holder

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.


  1. Hi Mel, I agree, old broom handles are always worth saving, and using one as a ladder bucket holder is great idea. Thanks for writing!–Joe T.


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