Not all of us are lucky enough to live on a perfectly leveled plot of land. Little slopes along the sides of homes are fairly common – just ask anyone who’s had water runoff into their basement (ugh). These lumps and bumps in the ground make things a little difficult if you’re trying to balance on a ladder along said slope. So what’s an Uneven Steven to do when they need to get the ladder along side of the house to patch up a bit of siding? (Oh, who am I kidding? It’s to get the Nerf football out of the eaves trap that was thrown up there in a moment of athletic spazziness.) Werner has come up with a dandy of an idea – the Equalizer Ladder. The concept is simple but expertly done – each leg of the ladder can be adjusted to different heights. Increments as small as 3/8” can be made on this ladder and a built-in level ensures you’re perfectly balanced. If only the other off-kilter aspects of life were so easily “equalized.” The smallest of the models reaches a max. height of 16’ and the tallest model reaches 28’. They’re also available in fiberglass too (although I couldn’t find them on Amazon), which I’d recommend over aluminum due to decreased electrocution risk. . . .so they’ve got that going for them. Prices vary from about $200-$400. The Werner D17162EQ Equalizer 16-Foot Aluminum Extension Ladder with Integrated Leveling System can be yours for just under $200.
Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.