Replacing Porch Light Fixture - 20 ft high

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Old 02-26-18, 01:43 PM
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Replacing Porch Light Fixture - 20 ft high

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See the jpeg, I have a porch light that is the best part of 20 ft from the ground to the ceiling retainer. I'm having problems trying to find someone to remove and replace the fixture. I'm assuming if I can find someone they will need a man lift. Is there a particular specialized search I should be doing to try and find someone? This may sound weird but the other thought I had is if there is a way of releasing the current fixture from within the attic and then pulling the new one into place but that would mean some non standard fixture retaining hardware. Has anyone replaced a fixture like this?

i gave up trying to load an image. Basically it looks way to steep to get a ladder positioned safely.

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Old 02-26-18, 02:26 PM
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Basically it looks way to steep to get a ladder positioned safely.
If an extension ladder is unsafe, but you can safely position a step ladder, you can rent a 16 footer from HD and easily get to that height.
 
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aah! interesting stuff. Thanks for that info. I didn't know you could get a step ladder that high.

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Old 02-26-18, 08:56 PM
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As far as I can remember.... depot only rents a maximum height stepladder of 14'.

Where I work we have a 12', 14', and 16' stepladder.
The 14' and 16' are pretty heavy to move and even harder to transport.

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Maybe it's a 14 footer. I don't recall exactly. Reaching 20' with a 14' ladder is pushing it, unless you're 6'+ tall with long arms. I personally wouldn't hesitate.
 
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Old 02-27-18, 08:41 AM
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Step ladders are measured at their actual height, but the maximum working height is two steps down, so a 14' ladder puts your feet at about 12'. Not that everyone has always followed this rule, but seems worth mentioning before you run off to rent one. And as mentioned, step ladders of this size are not easy to haul and set up. I've been converting my shop lights from fluorescent to LED, and lowering, rewiring, and hanging the lights takes a fraction of the time that it does to make space for and move my 12' step ladder.
 
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Whatever their largest size is, I've had no issues hauling it in the back of my Tundra P/U and setting it up solo. A bit cumbersome, but definitely doable by oneself.
 
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Sounds like a situation where scaffolding is needed.
 

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