Here is a way to get the height of the ceiling without having to use a ladder.
Get an appropriate length of string, tie it to a pebble, cover it with chewing gum (wet your fingers for this purpose).
Throw the pebble to the ceiling, mark the spot where the string touches the floor; pull the string down, measure the length from pebble to the spot where the string touched the floor.
A simple way to measure the height from ground to the bottom of your water storage tank tower.
Obtain an inflated balloon (look around your neighbors having a party for kids, for a free balloon that rises in the air).
Tie a string to the balloon and let it rise to the bottom of the tank on the tank tower.
Mark the point where the string reaches the ground.
Bring down the balloon, and measure the length of that spot to the balloon.
O.K., all you guys here, any better and easier ideas?
Susma Rio Sep