If your work involves much use of extension ladders, then you’ve likely encountered awkward set up locations. The PiViT Tool from ProVision is a safe, convenient and cost effective solution.

A stout, wedge-shaped implement made of durable polypropylene, the PiViT weighs in at 14 lbs. It is 22” long, 16” high and 10” wide, highly portable and functional in use. With a robust, non-skid housing (rated to 500 lbs), the PiViT is stable when positioned under a ladder foot, allowing the user to ascend with confidence.

My paint company (802paint.com) has used these tools for years, most commonly when laddering in stairways and on roof pitches. Instead of planking off a step ladder at the bottom of a stairway, and setting an extension ladder on the plank to reach top of walls and ceilings, the PiViT allows us to ladder up in a safe and simple manner - reducing the amount of set up gear we carry.

On roof pitches, there had never been a good ladder footing solution short of rigging up a makeshift jig and hoping for the best. The PiViT’s anti-skid design grips most roofs that we work on securely enough for us to eliminate the jigs.

The PiViT can be used for other uses as well, such as a ladder stand-off or staging, though I prefer to use tools designed for those specific uses. As with any tool, it’s important to follow the company’s instructions and safety precautions carefully.

Priced at $82.95, the PiViT pays for itself quickly.

Learn more at provisiontools.com.

Scott Burt owns Topcoat Finishes, a high end residential paint company in Jericho, Vt. He is the author of the popular "From the Field" column in American Painting Contractor magazine.