Stepladders are front-line home improvement tools.

For most projects, a 4-foot and 6-foot stepladder will get you to the ceiling of an average home for anything from working on lights to hanging crown molding to hanging pictures and decorating.

They work well as a team too. For example, a 6-foot stepladder is too tall for hanging cabinets (it gets in the way) or setting door and window casing. While a 4-footer isn’t tall enough to reach a 10-foot ceiling; its tray is too low once you climb it to reach hand tools for hanging a ceiling fan. It depends on your home and projects, of course, but generally I’ve found having both really helps me all over a house.

Mark Clement is host of MyFixItUpLife and HGTVPro’s home and how-to ace.

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