Club member Jeff O’Brien of Greenfield, Wisconsin, had to erect a 32‑ft. ladder on a steep hill to paint the side of a large house and wanted to make sure he had a stable base. Rather than build up the low side of the ladder with lumber scraps, he cut a series of 1 x 2‑ft. level notches into the bank using a flat shovel. As soon as he was finished, he replaced the dirt and sod and watered it well. No one was the wiser.