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5 gallon step ladder

5 gallon step ladder bucket tool

This looks dangerous, but feels safer than using a step ladder on uneven ground.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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He needs a pole driver not a stepladder. The bucket works for me as a step stool but a maul to drive poles? I would hurt myself. Man has some serious boots.

Comment by oldfool Wed Mar 2 18:22:09 2011
Don't tell him he needs more tools!
Comment by anna Wed Mar 2 20:13:50 2011

We're lucky to have a steady supply of junk and hardware from the old house on the property-- a homestead from the 40's-70's. I found myself in this same situation a couple of months ago and the solution was to stand on the bucket/tub (I don't know what you would call it) of an old dryer. It's nice and wide, and provides better stability than the stool or the 5-gal bucket. Plus, our 5-gal buckets eventually dry rot and this tub is pretty solid metal, coated with enamel paint so you don't have to worry about falling through.

I bet you could easily find an old dryer. The tubs are useful for so many things. Washing machine tubs are great too, maybe for compost? They have lots of holes so they drain well but still hold in enough moisture to keep things damp.

Comment by Sara Thu Mar 3 09:27:49 2011
We actually have a broken drier and washer, the former of which came with the trailer. They're sitting in the barn, but now that you mention the usefulness of the washing machine drum, I can totally picture that! Now I want to haul it out and use it for compost!
Comment by anna Thu Mar 3 12:02:29 2011
I've been there and done it that way for years. Recently spent $25 for a pole driver. Much safer, easier and doesn't destroy tops of post like a hammer does.
Comment by Jay Thu Mar 3 20:40:53 2011
Sounds like two votes for a pole driver. :-) Mark does pretty well keeping the tops of the posts in order even while driving them in with the mini-sledge, though.
Comment by anna Fri Mar 4 08:09:50 2011

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