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Extension Ladders

A ladder is a basic tool where it usually pays to get the best you can afford based on how it will be used, how heavy it is, its price, and its weight bearing rating.

The basic types of ladders are:

  • Wood - Good, solid, and non-conductive (when dry) construction, usually the least expensive, heavy, and may be difficult to handle in longer lengths
  • Aluminum - Lightweight, medium priced, but conducts electricity and can corrode
  • Fiberglass - Heavier than aluminum but lighter than wood, very sturdy and long lasting, non-conductive, but more expensive

Some features to look for when purchasing a ladder are:

  • Slip resistance steps to prevent falls
  • Steps/rungs that are reinforced so they don't bend or warp
  • Stabilizer bars and built in levelers for greater safety
  • Protective bumpers or pads at the ends of the ladder to prevent damage to the wall the ladder is leaning against
  • An articulated ladder that can be set to multiple positions/slants when you have obstacles to by-pass
  • Correct weight bearing rating of the ladder so it will safely handle your weight and the weight of materials you will be carrying up the ladder
  • Adequate length for all your uses realizing the length of the ladder is more than the vertical height it will reach since it will be at a slant against the wall

    • If you need less than 20 feet, consider a straight ladder
    • If you need 20 feet or more stabilizer bars, consider an extension ladder with two or more adjustable sections

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