As a remodeler who works mostly inside, I can generally reach whatever I need to from a 2-foot stepladder. And occasionally my crew and I haul out an extension ladder for our exterior work. Lately, though, we've had a few projects where mature landscaping or proximity to fences and property lines made a ladder impossible to use.

Rather than turn down such jobs or resort to scaffolding, we've taken to leasing articulated man lifts from our local rental yard. The Genie Trailer-Mounted Z-Boom costs about $200 per day in my area. As far as I'm concerned, the productivity gains make that money well spent.

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