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Up the ladder

IN THE summer of 2010, New Luce farmer Alistair Taylor was up a ladder painting the family farmhouse at Balneil when he dropped a pot of paint, most of which splattered through the open kitchen door and up the side of the fridge.

Alistair Taylor with his LadderLimb, up against the farmhouse wall where the idea first came to him
Alistair Taylor with his LadderLimb, up against the farmhouse wall where the idea first came to him

His wife was not impressed.

Jump forward two-and-a-bit years, and Mr Taylor's wife has most definitely cheered up, as the incident prompted the 'problem-solving' farmer to design a simple device to act as his third hand during ladder work – an invention that has since taken the DIY world by storm, earning Mr Taylor awards for innovation and orders for thousands of the devices worldwide.

Mr Taylor freely admits that his prototype was more or less a broken bit of gate capped with the liner off a milking machine, but simple though it was, jammed into the side of a ladder rung, it held firm and proved to be an excellent way of securing pots and tools while working at height.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, December 8 2012)

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