Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

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White Oak
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Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

Post by White Oak » Sat May 23, 2020 8:45 pm

I'm cleaning out our shed, and there are these two metal tools/hooks hanging in the back corner. Anyone know what they are used for?

The previous owner ran a construction/handyman business, so maybe that is a clue. They each have a pivot point, and some teeth, I guess for adjustment.

Here are some pictures. They are the same, just one is folded and the other unfolded.

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Re: Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

Post by JonnyB » Sat May 23, 2020 9:03 pm

Scaffold brackets for extension ladders.

You can see a more modern and lightweight version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOYdhWCcorI

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Re: Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

Post by Sandtrap » Sat May 23, 2020 9:09 pm

Vintage "ladder jacks" for wooden ladders.

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Re: Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

Post by White Oak » Sat May 23, 2020 9:22 pm

Thanks guys, that answers it. A pretty ingenious design, simple but effective.

After I posted, my uncle pointed me to this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Sh_5-UQq4&app=desktop

So my next question is, should I consider keeping and using them? I do a fair amount of my own maintenance. But these strike me as rickety.

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Re: Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

Post by JonnyB » Sat May 23, 2020 9:32 pm

You are betting your life on that one rusty bolt at the pivot and a couple of rusty rivets on the hangers.

Hey, why not?

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Post by Sandtrap » Sat May 23, 2020 9:41 pm

No. Absolutely not.
These vintage ones were made for wooden ladders with round rungs.

Buy new aluminum "ladder jacks" rated for your use level. And, quality aluminum plank scaffolding to match.
Reconsider if you are not used to a setup like that. Safety level is nowhere near a regular scaffolding setup.

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Re: Help me identify these metal hooks left in my shed by the previous owner.

Post by White Oak » Sun May 24, 2020 4:20 pm

Thanks guys, I'll be getting rid of these. I appreciate the advice.

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