Having just read Sissy’s post about a worker taking her brother’s ladder and level claiming it was his… funny, I never thought about stealing… BUT, I must have years ago when I bought my super expensive (for me, back then) aluminum step/extension ladder. It is a 6 foot step ladder which opens up to 11 feet straight up or in different configurations for on steps or unusual locations. It is not painted all over, but it is painted a little with the florescent paint, because sometimes it is left out where it could easily be carried off… It is hanging in the barn most the time, but sometimes it is out. I can’t imagine someone having the _____ to just drive up and claim something was HIS knowing dam’d well it wasn’t. But, the police wanted to know if there was any way to identify it as HIS ladder and outside a dent, he couldn’t.
Hmmmmm, I’m thinking folks ought to take pictures of their stuff, tools and the like, just like folks do their belongings in their houses for insurance purposes. I have done quite a bit of that kind of photography for people for their insurance as well doing videos for people’s wills. Now, my neighbor across the street has a wheelbarrow just like mine – the big one, not the little red one that used to be green… And so, when I was painting my Adirondack chairs, I decided to slap a bit of paint on the wheelbarrow so it could not get confused with the one Frankie uses. He occasionally cuts down a tree or two for me and takes the logs home to burn. So, I made the wheelbarrow distinguishable from his, you might say. And the paint preserves the wood.
While I was in the barn where the ladder hangs, I thought I would take a shot of some of the tools in there next to the ladder. Yeah, yeah, it is a mess, but it has been too hot to clean it up. And, yep, even the broom is painted. Had a kid help mow the grass a few years back. Rule was to sweep the dirt and grass off the mower before putting it away. He did. And he always left the broom leaning up against a tree or sometimes it fell into the weeds or compost pile and disappeared. The red handle seemed to remind him to park it in the barn.
Of course, the other advantage of a red broom handle, it is easier to find in the broom parking lot…
Sorry. The devil made me say that.