Ladder Hack: Onboard Tool Storage

Updated: Nov. 03, 2023

Stop the busy work of climbing up and down a ladder

Family Handyman

Ladder Caddy

When I was hanging suspended grid for ceiling tiles, I was constantly switching between two drills—one to drill pilot holes, the other to drive screws. Tired of changing back and forth and running up and down the ladder, I thought there must be a better way. I found a scrap of 3/4-in. plywood (10 in. x 24 in.) and cut an opening in it to fit over the stepladder (7 in. x 14 in.) and cutouts to hold my drill and my driver. I wedged a scrap piece of 2×4 between the ladder top and the holder to stabilize it when one tool was in use. This seat-of-the-pants solution saved me a lot of time and labor. I now use it for a variety of ladder-related tasks. — Ron Brewer