I saw this neat instcrutable by Phil B and realized....  
I needed to make one for my big ladder...After all instructables are for how to DIY...

The second amazing thing was that  I Had All The Parts On Hand  never had to leave the property for anything.....Zer0 trips to Home Depot..

The first amazing thing is the  IDEA  from Phil B to create this simple elegant concept for one handed ladder moving.

Here is a Tip about ladder sitting.  The un-retouched first picture is a clever Trick........ ;¬)
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Picture of MATERIALS  and  TOOLS  USED


  • Two wheels which we saved and never threw out.
  • One ten foot length of 3/8" re-bar
  • Four 3/8" hex head bolts 2½" long with 1¼" thread
  • Four 3/8" hex nylock nuts
  • Eight large 3/8" washers 2" diameter
  • Two concrete anchors for metal angles ( see a pic )


  • Electric drill and bits, or a small drillstand.
  • Hacksaw, I used a power hand held band saw
  • Welder, I used a heliarc.
  • Re-bar cutter / bender
  • Tape measure
  • Grinder
  • Heavy bench Vice
  • Wrench or nut driver set


Picture of ReBAR  TRIANGLE  and  BOLT
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Starting with a ten foot length of 3/8 inch re-bar;
  • Cut two 3 foot lengths of re-bar and bend them in half 18 inches.
  • Cut two 2 inch lengths of re-bar  for  holding the shaft bolts.
  • Cut two 18 inch lengths of re-bar  for cross bolt or longer if you have a wider ladder.
  • Cut two of the bolts at a 45º angle where the threads stop.
This bending is easier said then done, especially with that super bending tool
that I'm not as proficient in its use as I should be..

My first bend resulted in a 17" -19" triangle, so I bent the second 3 foot the same way.

This meant when welding the wheel shafts, opposing symmetry is important and
naturally the shafts were welded identical and wrong..

One wheel inside to the ladder, and one wheel outside to the ladder.
......That had to be cut, drilled out and re-welded..see picture # 4........

Eye catching + useful. The golden rule for an advertiser like me. A great idea and an even greater presentation!

In an attempt to find the reason why you are levitated on that ladder, I read through the whole guide and I have two things to say. First off, I am still baffled and annoyed that you did not reveal the means by which you levitated yourself although upon first glance, I thought of a hidden strut behind the leg like another member previously stated. Secondly, this is a very detailed guide and very helpful although I was not particularly interested in making one of these initially but now I am. I am impressed by the technique you employed to grab people's attention. :]
iceng (author)  jamesabt0071 year ago
It was a nice sunny day to show the ladder when I thought of the levitation TRICK.

I don't  want to cause you any distress. .

Had you read down a few comments, the reveal is described with a picture of the support frame.

For you Iv searched up an imperfect takeout image where my legs were off position !.

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Thank you so much! I can finally sleep stress free now! :)
iceng (author)  jamesabt0071 year ago
Good to hear :)
BMR111001 year ago
Btw that's not magic
iceng (author)  BMR111001 year ago
I pointed out Arthur C Clarke's idiom
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
It is a Trick
BMR111001 year ago
It's science
iceng (author)  BMR111001 year ago
As the best comment
BMR111001 year ago
More like photo shop
iceng (author)  BMR111001 year ago
I sit on my honesty
3366carlos1 year ago
I don't access to the tools you used. I wonder if I can use bigger diameter wheels.
iceng (author)  3366carlos1 year ago
Sure, as long as they don't get in your way when you use it as a ladder ;-)
GarthBock1 year ago
Excellent build ! I would like something like this on my Little Giant ladder because it is heavier than a normal one. Got me thinking.....

"Add a little Rust-o-ileum paint, some Levioto magic...."

Hermione (To Ron Weasley) : Stop, stop, stop! You're going to take someone's eye out. Besides, you're saying it wrong. It's LeviOsa, not "Leviota"!
iceng (author)  GarthBock1 year ago
Thanks for the wizz comment,
After all what's life without whimsey :-)
woa this is so cool!
iceng (author)  timothyspirit2 years ago
Thanks it was fun to make :-)

qwerty9872 years ago
It looks like a clear square base. The gravel is compressed in one place and the shadow is bent. So i would guess that you are using acrylic or some other clear strong material.
iceng (author)  qwerty9872 years ago
Congratulations, your close enough for the full Reveal.

A rectangular box frame made of ½" square tubular aluminum
hidden by my legs and the gravel brushed over one of
the four tube floor segments. 
I'm sitting on a small plank of wood that shades what I do not.

This first photo is very carefully staged and Totally un-retouched..

iceng (author)  iceng2 years ago
Here is the support for pic #1....
onrust3 years ago
That's to cool.
iceng (author)  onrust3 years ago
Your the one who taught me to look on Google, first pic under
magic rolling steps yahoo and thanks

AndyGadget3 years ago
I'm guessing the first levitating photo is a strategically positioned strut behind your right leg, and the one of your grandson is a counterweight (and good welding to take the strain on the wheel supports #;¬)
Have you entered this in the wheels contest?
iceng (author)  AndyGadget3 years ago
Only the pic of my levitation in not retouched, where I'm using a magic means. You almost have the trick exposed.

Thanks for the compliment, always getting better, this time I learned to 
spend more time tuning the current setting makes a difference in the result.

I'm pretty sure the conter weight in a Force x distance balance equation
would collapse the 3/8" re-bar struts if not a part of the Al ladder.
Getting the 36 pounds of dynamite to sit still was almost impossible.
There I used a single inverted pin jack stand and edited the pic.

And thanks, I am entered in the wheels challenge :)