How to make a ladder disappear

We’ve had a 12 foot ladder taking up space in the garage for years. We use it about once a year to change lights in the family room. Last week I decided to make it disappear.

A little rummaging around on Amazon turned up a Racor LDL-1B ladder lift. It’s a hook and hoist setup so you can hang your ladder from the garage ceiling. I installed it today.

I’m delighted: the ladder is up out of the way, yet is really easy to lower via a ceiling-mounted pulley. (Um, actually, the picture should be rotated. The ladder is on the ceiling; not a wall)

Racor ladder lift pulley
Racor ladder lift pulley

And here’s what the ladder looks like on the ceiling, with the hook at the left and the pulley at the right.

12 foot ladder on the garage ceiling
12 foot ladder on the garage ceiling

Now I can’t wait to use the newly freed up space for woodworking.