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Step ladders and extension ladders

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by daggermark, 22 Sep 2019.

  1. daggermark

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    Decided to treat myself to a new step ladder, as my old faithful has basically had it after many years of abuse. It also gives me a chance to get a slightly taller one, as its only 4-tread.

    Can anybody recommend any brands? Ideally I'd prefer one with a platform, and decent feet that aren't going to damage any flooring in finished rooms.

    Whilst I'm here, how about recommendations for extension ladders? I have a telescopic for getting in awkward spaces and doing odd jobs, but may need something a bit taller and sturdier in future to get up to the roofline.
     
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    If you are looking for a trade quality ladder (which will basically be far more stable than DIY model not to mention out lasting it) then Youngman is a reliable (and British) brand. I've had one of their fibreglass step ladders for about 10 years now, partly because it is insulated (unlike aluminium) and reduces the risk of electrocution when working on electrics at home. Not the cheapest though. I also have a 4-fold a (W-fold) aluminium ladder for more awkward accesses (Lyte brand) which with the addition of a piece of plywood does service as a work bench. Of the two the step ladder is far more comfortable to work off for extended periods, but the W-fold allows me to work in the stair wells and outside up to upstairs window sill level. Above that and I hire-in a tower or ladders
     
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    I'm more interested in quality than price, so I'll take a look at Youngman. I wondered if the 2-section adjustable ones like Little Giant make would be worth the outlay too, to have the height adjustment.

    Was having a look at some 4-way ladders last night, they look really useful. Could consider sacrificing the platform when in step-ladder config to have the flexibility of the 4-way.
     
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    It sort of depends on how long you are on them during a day - the narrower rungs on the multi fold type and traditional extending ladders can take their toll on your feet if you are on them for extended periods, say an hour or more at a time
     
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    My advice is don't buy anything with square rungs
    as they hurt your feet after a while.
     
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    I'm generally up and down ladders rather than staying up them for prolonged periods. Step ladders generally for decorating work and longer ladders for outdoor repairs e.g. leadwork, gutters etc.
     
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