Sunday, October 19, 2014

“Everyone that steps on to the ladder of success

must have hope. Without it, no one is able to reach the top.”  
                                    ~Ellen J Barrier

This week in my Composition 101 class we have been reading essays in a chapter titled "Generation Recession."  These college freshmen have quite a challenge ahead of them climbing that ladder of success.  Out here in the decorative world though, it is all about ladders and repurpose.  One Pinterest page has 155 "pins" about repurposing ladders!  Holding up the Christmas tree is creative...I had a picky Persian cat who was able to bring down the tree one year all by herself.  This idea might have come in handy!
 The night stand has a nice urban feel...
 A collage of ideas...
 A plethora of climbers outside!
 
But, we have a round of some nice ones for whatever pin suits your personality.  The green one is extra heavy, but I love the ladders with a history of work "engraved" on them.  Of course, you can always repaint!
Never sure that the smallest one is for since I hate to admit it, but I would climb on a chair first!
 
Then there are the tall ones...and those do give me pause...this one in the shop reaches to the rafters...but it is good for display! 
A ladder is depicted in a Mesolithic rock painting that is at least 10,000 years old, depicted in the Spider Caves in Valencia, Spain.
The painting depicts using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest to harvest honey. The ladder is depicted as long and flexible, possibly made out of some kind of grass.
The step ladder is perhaps the most popular model. In an important development, in January 1862, an American named John H. Balsley received the first patent in the US for this type of ladder. The step ladder is so named because the rungs are set in a stepped rather than a runged configuration. Before the patent, the step ladder was not foldable, but Balsey’s model was designed with hinges at the top that allowed users to fold the ladder for easy storage. Also called an A-frame, the step ladder is now used all over the world.
 
From a UK site, some information about sizing ladders for "real" use... it can be difficult to determine the correct height for a ladder because the entire length of a ladder cannot be used safely. So, you need to consider what’s called the usable height of the ladder. When using a straight or extension ladder, avoid standing on any of the top three rungs. This rule effectively eliminates two to three feet of height, so buy accordingly. An extension ladder needs three to five feet of overlap between the sections to ensure safe use. When using an extension ladder to reach a roof, it’s important that it extends three feet above the surface. In addition, remember that a straight or extension ladder must be leaned, and this reduces the ladder’s usable height. 
 “Before you begin scrambling up the ladder of success, make sure that it is leaning against the right building.” ~ Stephen Covey 

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