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  1. #1
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    Default Basemate ladder leveler

    My brother-in-law tried to get me one of these for Christmas, but wasn't able to. He got me a Level Lok instead. I think I'm glad. This thing looks scary.
    Anyone using a Basemate?

    BASE MATE - DEMO

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    Default Re: Basemate ladder leveler

    Wow..... pretty slick. At first look I thought no way!!! After watching the demo I'm less skeptical. I don't know if I'd use one. Mainly, just because I've been using ladders for so long I feel a "learning curve" could land me in the hospital.


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    Default Re: Basemate ladder leveler

    You probably couldn't get one because the newest ones are all recalled.

    Having said that, I've got to get one. Installing the leveler and safe- T ladder will give me a couple of extra feet of reach for my extension ladder at a cost of less than $300. You can buy them here: Simplified Safety - Safety Solutions, Fall Protection, Personal Protection Equipment, Expert Advice

    Last edited by Brandon Whitmore; 01-04-2010 at 11:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Basemate ladder leveler

    They also have an excellent price on the step-through ladder extensions I use.

    Safe-T Ladder Extension System - Simplified Safety Products, Solutions, Advice

    Michael Thomas
    Paragon Property Services Inc., Chicago IL
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    Default Re: Basemate ladder leveler

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Fellman View Post
    Wow..... pretty slick. I don't know if I'd use one. Mainly, just because I've been using ladders for so long I feel a "learning curve" could land me in the hospital.
    Looks a bit too much like a bear trap.

    After a couple hundred roofs, those dogs will lose their bite. When do you decide to retire the thing, after the first slip?

    The extensions at the top are a good idea. Getting back on can be tricky if your ladder is short. 3 rungs above the gutter is the rule, and I will use a bungy cord on the gutter sometimes if it's a 2-storey.


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    Default Re: Basemate ladder leveler

    3 rungs above the gutter is the rule
    In my opinion, that rule is just plain dangerous. In most cases on a steep roof, I prefer to step over the ladder and not around it. I guess that's where the Safe- T extension comes in.


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