Hang your bucket on the side of the ladder nearest your paintin' arm for easiest access.
PHOTO: JOEL ELLIS
A wide grasp on the rungs provides the most controlled lift. Brace the lower rung on your thigh for best leverage and you'll be able to ease your ladder up against the house.
If you tote your equipment in boxes ... you can stand on the containers as you work!
Use a wire hook to hang the bucket of paint on your ladder.
Haul your ladders on a car-top ladder ... and don't forget a red flag on the back if they're longer than the vehicle.