Working on a stepladder is much safer and more convenient when you don't have to climb up and down frequently for tools and supplies. "Remodeling" your ladder will keep gear within reach. First, mount a 4-inch-diameter electrical box to the top step with screws or hook-and-loop strips. The box provides a handy spot for screws, nuts, and other small parts that tend to roll off. Then drill no more than two holes in the top step for screwdrivers. To avoid weakening the ladder, make the holes 1/2-inch diameter or less. Leaving a hammer on the top step will leave a lasting impression if it falls on your head. Instead, attach a hammer holster (sold at hardware stores) to the side of the ladder.
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