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Tips on Choosing a ladder – what to bear in mind before buying a ladder




Tips
On Choosing A Ladder 

by
Simon Phillips for getladders.com

A
ladder can come in really useful for all kinds of DIY tasks around
the home, from step ladders for interior decorating to extension
ladders for cleaning gutters or replacing roof tiles. 

If you like to “do it yourself”, purchasing your own
ladder can be a worthwhile investment that will prove invaluable to
have on hand over the years for those never-ending home improvement
jobs. 

Here are a few
things to consider if you’re thinking of buying a new ladder:


wooden step ladder

1:  What are you going to
use your ladder for? 

It’s likely that a
ladder will come in handy in all sorts of situations, so it’s worth
having one that is adjustable. 
A good multipurpose ladder can be used as an A-frame step
ladder when not too much height is needed, such as when trimming a hedge
or hanging curtains. 
It will also have the option to convert to an extension ladder,
where the ability to extend the height a rung at a time is invaluable
when doing jobs such as painting the exterior of a house. 

Another benefit of having an adjustable ladder is that it can
easily be folded up compactly for easy storage.

2:  The
weight of your ladder is an important consideration

many people
are surprised at the difference in weight between a heavy fiberglass
ladder and a lightweight aluminium one. 

If you’re planning on moving your ladder around as you work,
for instance if you’re cleaning upstairs windows, bear in mind that
ladders made from aluminium are significantly lighter and therefore
much easier to shift from one position to another than those made from
fiberglass.  This makes
jobs like cutting a hedge or painting a house much less strenuous. 

On the other hand, if you are really serious about DIY, a
professional grade fiberglass ladder might be a good buy. 
Fiberglass is strong and durable, and should stand up to years
of use.  It is also
non-conductive, so it is safer to use a fiberglass ladder if doing
electrical work or whilst working near electric cables.


cartoon of man falling off ladder
3:  Safety
should always come first

when using any ladder, to avoid
accident or injury. 

The
1:4 rule should be followed when setting up a ladder i.e. the
space on the ground between the foot of the ladder and the wall
should be a quarter of the height of the ladder. 

For example, if your ladder is 16ft long, to have a safe
angle of lean the bottom needs to be 4ft from the wall. 

When choosing a ladder, look for safety features that add
to its stability such as anti-slip rubber feet on the top and
bottom, wide serrated rungs for better grip and secure locking
for different configurations.

Once
you’ve found the right ladder for your needs, it’s sure to come in
handy on numerous occasions and the money spent on it is soon saved by not
having to hire a ladder for all those odd jobs.

If you
are looking to purchase a ladder then it maybe worth checking out this online
ladder resource with
tips on using all sorts of ladders, from traditional extension
ladders to the versatile Little
Giant Ladder and more.