Getting onto a balcony

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  1. dave_m141

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    So.. had my first elevated style bungalow and they had there patio doors on a balcony with no other access other than ladder. Getting up was fine. Getting down was a different matter. I shat my pants as I thought I was stuck! Ha almost called the fire service . That would be embarrassing ha . I climbed off using a chair but put my foot through it and broke it! Surely there must be an easier way I'm oblivious to?
     
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    Yep don't do it would be the simple answer.:D
     
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    Good answer lol unless I rest ladder on the fence around it and pole what I can. I'm pretty **** at poling though, really gets on my tits!
     
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    Alternatively arrange for someone to be home so you have safe access through the house to clean it ;)
     
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    They work in the city so are never back till gone 8 at night! That's my bed time ha
     
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    You could always use something like this that's if the balcony railings are strong enough to take your weight if you should fall.:D

     
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    #7 Smurf, Jun 17, 2014
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    A lot of accidents happen when stepping on/off free standing leaning ladders as they can kick backward and move sideways as you have already gathered.

    A good stabiliser safety device to help stop backward & sideway slip on the ladder would help though that's one of the reasons why I use an ankalad. Also the ladder tied off at the top with at least 3 rungs over would also help. On flat roofs and pitched roofs as in the vid a microlite standoff would also help to stabilise the top of the ladder.
     
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    I have some strong plastic boxes that I keep things in (about 40 x 20 x 20cm). So I go up the ladder resting on the top rail of balcony, using a small piece of bungee cord, fasten ladder. reach over and place box on floor of balcony, swing leg-over, step onto box, and you are there. (I always tell my wife I've had my leg-over when I do one of these).
     
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    rugbywolf that would be the only leg-over I would get now for sure :D
     
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    Calling cheapncheerful calling cheapncheerful :laugh:
     
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