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Pivit Ladder Tool Review

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Matt is a professional painter who owns and operates his own painting business, specializing in interior and exterior house painting.

Pivit Ladder Tool by ProVision Tools

Pivit Ladder Tool by ProVision Tools

A Handy Tool for Leveling a Ladder

Using extension ladders on slopes outside, or on stairs to paint the walls above, is impossible if your ladder doesn't have adjustable legs. I own the Werner Equalizer ladder with adjustable legs, but adjusting them on a staircase is more of a challenge than using the simple tool in my review.

I bought the Pivit ladder tool in 2017 and use it primarily for painting walls over stairs, but I have also used it outdoors on roofs and for painting siding above uneven surfaces. This is a fantastic tool that I continue using for my interior and exterior painting projects.

The Pivit ladder tool, made by ProVision Tools, is a multi-use leveler for extension ladders. When I'm painting high walls above stairs, I use this tool to position my extension ladder on the staircase so I can cut in the ceiling corner above.

I have found this tool to be very stable on all of the stairs I have used it on. I actually feel safer using this tool under my ladder than relying on my ladder's telescoping legs with the metal pins that hold them in place.

Does It Level a Ladder Safely?

I have used this tool to level my 24-foot extension ladder inside and outside dozens of homes without any issues. The bottom of the tool is coated with rubber to stabilize it on slippery surfaces like wood and stairs without carpet.

The top of the tool is textured too with a non-skid surface. The front of the tool also grips the stair above it for stabilization. I was a little nervous the first time I climbed up my 24-foot ladder placed on top of this tool, but it's a very stable platform, and I feel safe when I use it.

On roofs, I have used this tool as a holder for my painting supplies and paint can. The anti-slip rubber keeps it from sliding down roof shingles. You can also use the Pivit to position a ladder on a roof too, using the Roof Boot accessory. The metal Roof Boot is fastened to the roof with nails and holds the nose of the Pivit tool in place to keep it from sliding down.

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It Doubles as a Rooftop Paint Can Holder

I paint exterior trim on homes that requires me to access the roof. If you have ever painted while on a roof then you know it's usually not possible to set anything down, other than a caulk gun or a roll of tape. On steep roofs, it's impossible to set anything down without it sliding down.

When I need to set my paint can down to caulk, or patch a hole, I used to hang the can from the top rung of my ladder with a bucket hook, but I'd have to constantly walk back and forth to the ladder when I needed the paint again. I carry the Pivit tool up onto the roof and use it as a holder for my paint can and caulk gun.

The tool design is level enough for me to place my paint can on top without the paint can, or the whole tool itself, sliding down. I have worked from steep rooftops and never had any problems. There is also an open storage compartment in the front for supplies.

Ladder Plank Set Up

I haven't personally used the Pivit to set up a plank from an extension ladder, which requires two of these, but it is designed to do so. A plank can be set up between two ladders, or from a ladder to a staircase. This would come in handy for an electrician needing to access lighting on a high wall over stairs, or in situations where drywall repair work needs to be done.

Is the Pivit Tool Worth It?

The Pivit ladder tool is essential for any painter, or general contractor, who works with extension ladders indoors and outdoors. If you work with ladders enough, you will eventually run into a situation where you won't be able to use your equipment without a leveler. You can buy ladders with legs that can be adjusted, but this tool has multiple uses for various situations.

The price for this tool is around $130, as of this review update. You can also buy a pack that includes the Roof Boot accessories. If you paint for a living like me, or your job requires you to use extension ladders frequently, it is definitely worth the money. The Pivit tool paid for itself the first painting project I used it on.

Prior to purchasing this tool, I used a brush extender to cut in high ceiling corners above stairs, which works too, but using an extender is very time-consuming and difficult. The leveling box allows me to complete my painting jobs much faster.

In terms of safety, I feel safe when working on staircases with this tool. I always make sure it's positioned perfectly, and I usually test it by jumping up and down on the first couple rungs before climbing all the way up to the top of my ladder. I haven't had any issues with it sliding or wobbling.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Matt G.

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