Yes Mike, as John C. Suggests, figure no reach over 30". I have seen guys use those ladders like museums use that allow you to reach over farther, but you have to maneuver the thing in and I still think they would be a pain. You are young enough to be able to use a pop up access opening with ease! :-) Besides, you can get your wife to take a photo of you surrounded by your layout literally! ;-) those photos are always cool!