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Home Auditory Torture Leads to a $200 Ladder…

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*BEEP*  Wait 2 minutes…
*BEEP*  Wait 3 minutes…


*BEEP – “Battery is Low”*


And that was Monday morning from 4am to 4:15am while my hubby and I waited under smoke detectors to figure out which one decided that we don’t deserve sleep…and of course, it was the stupid, freaking detector that is at the top of our 2-story entry hall.  POOP

How to Reach a 2 Story Fire Detector

First, we tried using wax earplugs to go back to bed for a few more hours.  Nope.

Then we started thinking of who we’d know with a 20 foot extension ladder.  The list was small and they were still sleeping at 5am, so we didn’t want to bother them.  Not to mention that we’d still need to figure out a way to get it to our house since the ones who own the ladders don’t own trucks…

So I called handymen that were within 15 minutes of my house that I found on Craigslist.  I ended up receiving two quotes – one for $65 plus the time it took and the other for $135.  REALLY?!

We gave in to the auditory torture at 6am and headed to the nearest home improvement store…

Design Flaw

I walked around our house and figured out that we have 9 smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.  All of them are either in or near bedrooms, and the one at the top of the stairs (also two floors up but accessible) is just as likely to sense anything as the one two stories in the middle of no where.  What the heck were they thinking with this silly detector?!

Ladders Are Expensive!

This is when we encountered $130-$300 17-22 ft. extension ladders.  We ended up with a $189 ($205 with tax) multi-position Werner ladder.  It was short enough to fit well in my Honda Fit, and it can be used on uneven surfaces – like that spot above the stairs where I want to hang the rest of our artwork.  So I am trying to look at this as a useful investment.

It ended up working but now there are rubber marks all over our paint job about 15 feet in the air.  🙁

I posted my dilemma and end result on and met a few neighbors that have been in similar positions.  One ended up paying $175 for a handyman to change super high light bulbs.  I decided that anybody stuck in my position in the future can borrow our ladder.  Hopefully we’ll help save some frustration for someone down the road…

And To Add to the Misery

Oh, and did I mention that while we were tracking down the second beep (about 3-4 minutes), I let our new foster dog outside to pee?  He decided that potty time would be better used to escape our backyard.  This 15 pound Yorkshire Terrier actually moved a brick and the piece of wood behind it in less than 4 minutes and ran for it.  So, as if the beeping piece of poop wasn’t bad enough, we took a 15 minute break to walk the streets and find a bolter.  Our friends that live with us helped us, which was super sweet.  We were wondering around at 4:15am in robes and pajamas.

Campbell May 2014
Cute as a freaking button…but too much for me.

Luckily, we found Campbell.  I also drove him back to the main rescue lady the same day since that was just the last, scary straw.  He was also beyond hyper and not house trained.  It was just a bit too stressful for me, and it was just made worse with the amazingly annoying beeping.

So, we’re out $205 and I wasn’t successful with our third foster.  And that wasn’t our most expensive day so far…stay tuned.  BUT, I’m actually perky.  Money’s just money, right?  😉  I am super thankful that we have the padding to take care of unexpected expenses.  I am also extremely thankful that we found Campbell and got him back to the rescue before he simply ran off permanently.

Hope your Memorial Day was a little less stressful!!!  😀


FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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9 thoughts on “Home Auditory Torture Leads to a $200 Ladder…

  1. Gosh, what a fun morning! And a grand way to greet the day.

    On the dog: tell the original foster person to have him checked for a urinary tract infection. Turns out that’s why my pup has been essentially un-house-trainable over the past two months.

    I hate those damn alarms, and mine aren’t mounted on stratospheric ceilings. At one point I recall seeing an alarm, at a Home Depot, that had a remote you could use to turn off the low-battery beep. They’re hard to find, though. Amazon may still be carrying it: First Alert SA302CN Double Sensor Battery-Powered Smoke and Fire Alarm

  2. We also had a fire alarm in a weird place in our house. It was behind a door on the staircase going to the basement. Had to smack it to pull it out. We also bought a similar ladder recently. They are really great and I love the multi positions. You were going to need it anyway so don’t feel too bad about the purchase.

    Sorry to hear about your foster.

  3. @Dave, I thought all of the ladders seemed expensive too…

    @FaM, yeah, I was exhausted for most of Monday. The rescue already had Campbell put through the vet’s tests and whatnot – he was learning slowly, just really stubborn. I like the idea of a remote to turn off the beep, but now I don’t need one. The builder would have been nice if they could have just used that one for that location, but they aren’t that nice.

    @Raquel, when I feel more motivated, I’ll be using the ladder to put up art and clean off the roof. 🙂 For now, it looks like some of my neighbors are willing to rent it out, LOL. I told them that it only goes out in exchange for bbq, brownies, etc. 😉

  4. I love that ladder! We have vaulted ceilings and it was a huge help with painting once I got over the fact of being so far off the ground. I’m thankful we don’t have any smoke detectors that far out of reach!

  5. I know all about the hard to reach smoke detector as well….we have one at the peak of our 18 foot vaulted great room ceiling. Luckily for us, we do have a large extension ladder that I bought to put Christmas lights up on my garage peaks. I’m not necessarily scared of heights, but I’m not a huge fan of being that far up on a ladder either!

  6. Yeah, I’ve always been surprised at how expensive ladders are but I look at them now compared to some of the ones my dad has and you can see that they’re built quite a bit more sturdier, so I guess you have to pay for that.

    Tie a white rag around the rubber things before you set them against the wall so that they don’t leave smudges. The issue comes about when you’re climbing and descending the ladder, it causes the rubber to move. If you’re on a level surface, that’s not doing anything to keep the thing stable, that’s all being done with the feet.

  7. @Travis, yeah, I heard my husband cussing under his breath while he climbed the ladder. I offered, but we needed his extra 9 inches for reaching…

    @Money Beagle, good suggestion! I’ll cover the rubber parts before we use it next time…

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