Eliminating Ladder Whistle

Home Inspector with Clarksville Home Inspections

If you haul a ladder on the top of your vehicle on a regular basis you are probably familiar with the ladder whistle that is caused by the air rushing by the holes at each end of the rungs. While this can be a temporary annoyance for a one time project, if you are hauling your ladder every day for work like I do it begins to close in on insanity. Well, here is how I solved my ladder whistle problem. I put the ladder on saw horses & sprayed expanding foam in each rung hole, then when the foam had set up I went back & trimmed it flush with a long razor blade. Even if you don't haul a ladder on a regular basis this can still be of benefit in preventing things like a wasp nest & the accompanying sting when you drag that ladder out this spring for your projects around the home.

Comments (3)

Ray Wilson
Meticulous Home Inspection Corporation - Bohemia, NY
NYS Licensed Home and Building Inspector

John. What a great tip. The sound is definately annoying. Have a great week ahead! -Ray

Mar 09, 2008 11:19 AM
Bob Southard
Atlas Realty Service, LLC - Kennesaw, GA
e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton
I don't carry my ladder but I do store it in my back yard.  Great idea for keeping out the wasps and other critters.
Mar 09, 2008 11:41 AM
Jimmy McCall
JimmyMcCall.com - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant
John,  That is a great tip.  I love that expanding foam stuff.  It is almost as useful as duct tape.  Thanks for the tip.
Mar 09, 2008 12:51 PM