DIY for home improvement is a great option for saving cost and also for understanding what goes into building or fixing anything. This allows us to have a first-hand experience in handling or equipment and property, therefore, we can choose what is important for us and what serves as best. Another benefit of getting things around the home done ourselves is opportunity engage in physical activity. This is vital in today’s world where we are increasingly getting more and more sedentary (or lazy if you like ;)). For this reason, people like to have weekend hobbies like building a patio or cabin, fixing a piece of furniture, playing around with pallets to build stuff. If you can identify with this then I’ve got the perfect project for you that’s going to give a boost to your weekend projects and generally when getting some kind of work done at home.
As mentioned already DIY and handyman habits can get us to do some useful physical activity. However, there’s a point where it becomes absolutely pointless to stress oneself and/or waste time on projects that should be simple or could be simplified.
Very often we do have to transport items to higher elevations when doing projects like painting, fixing problems on the roof or loading stuff. Extension ladders can be very useful but we can go a step further and better. A Ladder Pony.
This three-legged baby beast can be used to haul very heavy stuff that usually would be too bulky to carry by hand. In fact, if you’re able to build one you would be so lazy, you would use it to carry anything that has got to go up, stuff that ordinarily wouldn’t be a problem.
Unclesam published a very good instructable on how to build your own ladder pony at home:
This view shows details of the pony’s lower construction. It is basically a three-legged chair, the third leg attached to the middle of the underside of the load platform (“seat”). The lower axle is positioned so that the plywood disks attached to the wheels are below the lower side of the load platform so long cargo objects can lay across the platform without interfering with the wheels. I made my pony’s siderails 36″ long from 2″ by 3″ wood (actual 1-1/2″ by 2-1/2″) sold at home centers as “studs.” The lengths of the other components depend upon the distance between the side rails of your ladder. I connected the wood frame members together using wood glue and deck screws. My load platform is an 18″ square of 1/2″ thick plywood whose corners are notched out to clear the side rails, and glue and drywall screws fasten it. A couple small wood cleats were screwed to the back of the platform to restrain the bottom of a 5-gallon plastic bucket.
I chose 7″ diameter plastic non-pneumatic lawn mower wheels running on two 1/2″ steel axles secured with washers and push-on nuts. I made the 9″ diameter wood wheel disks from 1/4″ thick plywood fastened directly onto the sides of the wheels with drywall screws. A 45-degree chamfer on the inside of the outer rims of the disks keep them from riding up onto the ladder siderails.
Now you have a new assistant that can literally do all the heavy lifting for you and essentially make you work smarter to save time, energy and well the risk of getting injured carrying certain items by hand! Remeber to share this project with people you know would love this (use the share buttons below).