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Five Gallon Bucket Stilts

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What do you do when you’re painting a room but can’t quite reach the ceiling? You could get a ladder, but a ladder can be a big hassle. Well, there’s an alternative available too: You can make your own five gallon bucket stilts!

There are various designs you can use.

The design you see above is not fantastic, it looks kind of unstable. 

The design here is perhaps a better choice., as the feet are bound both at the front and the back.

To produce your own bucket stilts, all you really need is something to tightly attach the buckets to your feet. You can drill hills into the top of the bucket, to pull rope through.

Whatever you do, do it in such a fashion that there’s no real motion of the bucket relative to your feet.

You don’t want to fall while you’re wearing these, you could easily break an ankle. I would only recommend doing this on flat surfaces with enough friction.

A safer option

If you’re in need of stilts, there’s a safer option you can consider. Get your own pair of professional aluminum stilts!

They look very tall in this picture, but you can easily set them at just about any height you could need.

The aluminum frame makes them very lightweight and because they’re tightly attached to your body it’s pretty safe to use these.

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