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Old 04-30-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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So our family now has a second vehicle which would allow me to use it for side work and quit paying over 50 cent per mile to use my work truck, as much as I would rather use my truck I really need to use the car but the issue I am having is a ladder. I could strap a eight foot step to the roof, but it doesn't do much for the image if you know what I am saying. Does anyone know of a solution for a good ladder that would fit. I've seen those collapsing a frame ladders but don't know how I feel about not using fiberglass. Thoughts?

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Sometimes I do service calls with my car. I bring either a 2' or 4' fiberglass depending on what I'm doing.

How high do you need to be ?
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If you wanted to start contracting work why didn't you buy a vehicle fit to do so?

Do you have your contractors license and an insurance policy?
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So our family now has a second vehicle which would allow me to use it for side work and quit paying over 50 cent per mile to use my work truck, as much as I would rather use my truck I really need to use the car but the issue I am having is a ladder. I could strap a eight foot step to the roof, but it doesn't do much for the image if you know what I am saying. Does anyone know of a solution for a good ladder that would fit. I've seen those collapsing a frame ladders but don't know how I feel about not using fiberglass. Thoughts?

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So, your boss lets you use your work truck for side jobs? Pics of the car and the ladder? Maybe you could use one of those folding ladders.
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If you wanted to start contracting work why didn't you buy a vehicle fit to do so?

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I may have missed something,, but how do you figure he wanted to start a contracting company. He clearly stated hes doing side jobs.
I know that may not be the proper way, but I'm sure a high percentage of the members on this site started that way.
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I have a full time electrical job but the pay isn't that great so to make up I do work on the side. Have been using the company truck but would like to save the cost. I've got a four door Saturn now, I can get a 4ft fiberglass in there pretty well but was looking for ideas for the 6-8ft range.

Have my license and insurance as well

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You gotta start somewhere. My daily driver is a Chevy wagon. I tried it out as an experiment two years ago and I'm still rolling in it. I can fit a 6' ladder in a Thule box. Looks like I'm going skiing.
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Why the need for a 'special ladder' just because it's "side work"? Do you use different strippers, linesmans, screwdrivers, cords, drills etc as well?
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You gotta start somewhere. My daily driver is a Chevy wagon. I tried it out as an experiment two years ago and I'm still rolling in it. I can fit a 6' ladder in a Thule box. Looks like I'm going skiing.
Then that vehicle is fit to do what you need. He made it sound like he couldn't really carry anything.
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Just for being able to fit it in the vehicle. There's not enough room for anything over 4feet and some of what I've been doing needs an 8ft. Name:  uploadfromtaptalk1462024365584.jpg
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Size:  15.8 KB some of our painters carry this for side stuff with small vehicles but I don't really know about working off an aluminum ladder

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Why the need for a 'special ladder' just because it's "side work"? Do you use different strippers, linesmans, screwdrivers, cords, drills etc as well?
Yeah, you need ladders. Plural. A few different sizes of stepladders and a couple of extension ladders. I don't like the Little Giant type ladders - too heavy and clumsy. They're not one-size-fits-all as far as I'm concerned.
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I may have missed something,, but how do you figure he wanted to start a contracting company. He clearly stated hes doing side jobs. I know that may not be the proper way, but I'm sure a high percentage of the members on this site started that way.
Look up the definition of contracting. Unless he's doing side work for free then he is contracting.

He already answered my question. He has his license and insurance.
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Just for being able to fit it in the vehicle. There's not enough room for anything over 4feet and some of what I've been doing needs an 8ft. some of our painters carry this for side stuff with small vehicles but I don't really know about working off an aluminum ladder Sent from my SM-G900R4 using Tapatalk
Can you put a ski rack type setup on your car?
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Just for being able to fit it in the vehicle. There's not enough room for anything over 4feet and some of what I've been doing needs an 8ft. Attachment 78537 some of our painters carry this for side stuff with small vehicles but I don't really know about working off an aluminum ladder

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Those things suck and, besides that, you'll wreck your car. Why not just buy an old beater truck? Aluminum is okay for rough-in.
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Thought about that as a last resort, there are no existing rails but some of those that clip in the doors might do the trick

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All things being equal a truck would be ideal but with money being an issue I jumped on the $800 beater car for other things and hope to use for side work. The more I talk to folk around here though it may make more sense to go with better pay

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If you have to do other work besides your 9-5 then your not making enough money. I'm in Virginia, close to the same pay scale as you. Our guys are around $28 in the check.
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I am a fan of the Little Giant ladders, but they are heavy, expensive, etc. You could probably get one on a bike rack if you found a real sturdy bike rack.

But unless I am missing something just pay the .50/mile and use the work truck, no brainer.
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Why the need for a 'special ladder' just because it's "side work"? Do you use different strippers, linesmans, screwdrivers, cords, drills etc as well?
It's gotta fit into the car. He probably doesn't want to end up on a meme.
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