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Extendable ladders advice.

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by Mottie, 18 Sep 2019.

  1. Mottie

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    I’m thinking of getting a set of extendable ladders for general use around the home. Don’t need them to get on a roof or anything that high but maybe for reaching upper windows etc. Is anyone using them? I don’t like wobbly ladders although I know these must be more 'flexible' than a fixed ladder so when buying, price is not a consideration and although they would be for home use, a real top quality set is what I would be looking for. Any recommendations?
     
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    Do you mean telescopic ladders? As opposed to extension ladders?
     
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    Oops! Yes, sorry, telescopic ones.
     
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    Just to clarify, are you looking at a double / triple extending lader or a telescopic ladder that goes down to about a netre tall?
     
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    I have a double extending one for getting to my guttering/on my roof when needed. What I am looking for is one of those telescopic ones.
     
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    Ah ok.

    I've used a telescopic ladder for quite a few years for doing site surveys -they are pretty useful I can usually get up to measure 1st floor windows quite comfortably.

    Unfortunately I cant read the brand on the label its scratched off -from memory I paid about £140 a few years back.

    It has the bottom stabiliser, which I like as it stops the ladder rocking side to side.
    I think there are quite a few Chiwanese jobbies around now -with thinner tubing etc

    At full extension they bend a bit in the middle -they arent ladders suitable to working all day, but to pop and do a few bits they are great -Ive measure hundreds of windows with mine.

    Note: they can be fingers trappers -make sure you hold the rung in the right place when closing or you will get a painful surprise!



    The one Ive got looks pretty much looks like this:
    (im not recommending this one per se, but just giving an idea)

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    https://telescopicladdersdirect.co.uk/product/pro-telescopic-ladders-3-8m-13-steps/
     
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    Unless things have changed in the past few years I'm pretty sure that Lyte wouldn't get involved (stoop so low) in guerrilla marketing tactics. So I'm going to assume that this farce is all about promoting ladderstore.com.

    If anyone genuinely wants to purchase a sturdy ladder then my qualified & expert advice would be to purchase a 1,2, or 3 section ladder that will get you to the highest point you need to reach, it needs to be constructed from aluminium or fibreglass box section stiles and aluminium 'D' section rungs.

    The sort of telescopic monstrosity being touted here should really only be used as a last resort under certain conditions & in my personal & professional opinion should be legally banned from general availability.
     
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    Yeah that looks pretty well made.

    Telescopic ladders were originally designed for surveyors architects etc as they fit in the boot of a car.
    They bend a bit in the middle when fully extended and weight applied.
    I used mine last week to reach a few bits of hedge I couldnt get to otherwise -perfectly fine for those little jobs.
    They are pretty stable for what they are, but for a longer job using heavy tools and extended periods you would want to use your 2 part.
     
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    The rubber at the top of the Stiles will leave a black mark on all internal walls. Otherwise, they are ok.
     
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    Blimey, seems that as far as you’re concerned there’s always a conspiracy. Come on then, the moon landings - real or faked? :LOL:
     
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    I have a Telesteps telescopic ladder which looks almost identical to that in design, right down to the design of the treads which are exceptionally supportive and comfortable to use. They're so similar I wonder if the Telesteps and the Lyte are actually made by the same firm.

    Regardless, I can thoroughly recommend them and I doubt you'll be disappointed with the Lyte ones you've posted.
     
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    I'll second the comments ts about telescopic being useful for survey work. I'll also second the comments about them being potential finger trappers (based on painful experience). I built and cladded two incredibly tight service risers using a set a few years back (the tallest was 3 Victorian storeys high built one storey at a time) where a telescopic ladder really was the only access method available that I could get to work. But I'll also caution that they aren't suitable for use in environments where they can get mucky and that they really need to be kept spotlessly clean to ensure that the telescopic mechanism work properly and that the lock correctly when extended. Dirt can jam the latches and result in the ladders collapsing. So keep them clean!
     
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    I have a set of these that I use mainly for reaching faulty skylights internally. Worhan 5m telescopic foldable ladders
    They are solid but quite heavy also.
     
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