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High Stepper (Jumpin Joey) History

In 1978 I started in the construction industry with my uncle doing mostly barn roofs and pole buildings. As time progressed I got involved with many projects including several commercial projects. We installed many drop ceilings requiring moving stepladders every 2 or 4 feet. At that time, that resulted in getting up and down over and over with a lot of lost time. I then dealt with a lot of drywall work, between the drop ceilings and drywall we remodeled a shopping center over 250,000 sq. ft. The stepladder was not efficient. It was then that I came up with the original idea of the High Stepper. As I got more and more involved with the drywall industry, the more the need for a High Stepper or as it was nicknamed (Jumpin Joey) became apparent. The next thing that I tried was the traditional stilt, a standard of many drywall and other construction trade. IT WAS A MATTER OF A FEW STEPS FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS NO FEAR OF HEIGHTS TO DECIDE, DUE TO THE FACT THAT I COULD NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO LAND ON MY FEET, I WANTED THEM OFF. I then started to use full and empty drywall buckets lined up in a row with the seam of the sheetrock to step from one to the other. Then to make it a little faster, I would just kick an empty bucket a little at a time. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, so I came up with a way to bind my shoe to the bucket and still let the screw that held the strap pull through the strap when I would get too brave stepping over something or just plain tripping allowing me to land on my feet. That was a temporary solution, thus the birth of the new High Stepper; (Jumpin Joey). The use of our High Stepper will make your construction project a lot easier for all trades including framing, drywalling, electrical and many other uses.

- SJ McKee

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