Which ladders to buy?

13 Apr 2012
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I need to buy a set of ladders for some work I need to do around my gutters (cleaning, replacing leaky joins, spraying where wasps are getting in). I've measured my house and it's approx 5 metres high at the gutters. I figure I need a 3 section ladder. I've seen one in screwfix for £155 which extends to 6.85 metres (10 rungs) or theres one for £190 which extends to 8.5 metres (12 rungs).

Is it worth going for the bigger one? I'm just thinking the more overlap the better? Is this the right way of thinking or is it gonna be too heavy? I think its 18kg vs 25kg for these 2. Are there any other considerations I need to make?
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Now I've had a closer look I see b and q do a lightweight 3 section 6.35m for £100 but I think I'll go for the sturdier version. Is Abru any good a make? Bizzarely it's £152 for the sturdier 3 section 7.4m or £160 for the 6.35m.

Are there any better places to buy one from? Just looked at b and q and screwfix so far. Toolstation don't seem to sell anything over 4m.
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Other than the obvious matter or how much storage space you have, what other considerations are there in going for a 3 section over a 2 section ladder. For the same total length, 2 sections are cheaper, but are they also sturdier as it's 2 pieces not 3? Can extending latters usually be seperated down - e.g. if I got a 7.5 metre 3 piece ladder, each section is approx 3 metres, but if was working on garage would I be able to take a section off, or is it safe to use the ladder with the 3 sections all together but not extended at all?

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