I am having trouble operating (pulling the rope) an extension ladder?

I need to do this to get certified to work for Dish.

Is there a better way too easily extend the rope ladder, without requiring much muscles to do so.

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    Is it just the rope? Can you move the extension part by hand?
    – red_menace
    Commented Oct 29, 2022 at 22:15
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    Imagine rope is jammed or you are pulling on the wrong end. Whole ladder should weigh 30 to 40 pounds, about half that for the extension. The top needs to be free from jamming on a wall. Is there any locks on the ladder?
    – crip659
    Commented Oct 29, 2022 at 22:15
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's not about home improvement
    – JACK
    Commented Oct 29, 2022 at 22:32
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    Because you didn't eat your Wheaties.
    – JACK
    Commented Oct 29, 2022 at 23:49
  • You're not standing on the ladder when you're pulling are you?
    – gnicko
    Commented Oct 30, 2022 at 1:46

1 Answer 1


Wrap the rope around your shoe at about one step high and while holding the loose end, step on it, ending up in using your weight to pull the ladder up by one step at the time.

It will look stupid but it will work and get you the job.

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