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Poll: Spec me a ladder...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Feek, 24 Apr 2019.

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Is the linked ladder suitable for what I need?

Poll closed 2 May 2019.
  1. Yes

    6.7%
  2. No (if you vote 'no', point me towards something more suitable)

    13.3%
  3. Oh Feek, you're really asking about a ladder on a computer forum? Seriously? And even worse, in GD!

    86.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Feek

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    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

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    Location: In the radio shack

    ... alternatively, is this ladder I've specced suitable?

    I don't know much about ladders except they allow me to go up and work on my aerials. The ladder I'd borrowed from my now deceased next door neighbour many years ago and which he gave me saying "You may as well keep it and if I ever need it, I'll borrow it back" has been taken by a relative of his wife saying that he was promised it. He's telling complete lies but I'm not going to rock the boat, it's not worth the bother.

    As I know little about ladders, will this do me? Standard two story house, all I ever do is go up to the level of the gutter or lean it against my radio mast to remove the restraining bracket. I have nearly enough Nectar points and figured this could be a sensible use for them.

    It might seem like a pretty dumb 'spec me' but all I've ever done with a ladder is lean it up and climb it!
     
  2. Megahurtz400

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    Joined: 5 Jun 2007

    Posts: 8,215

    Location: Colchester

    How tall is your house?

    Three stage might be needed to get high enough to work efficiently/safely.
     
  3. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,063

    Location: Cumbria

    I can just imagine him writing his will and thinking that said relative really could do with those ladders
     
  4. Feek

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    Posts: 231,630

    Location: In the radio shack

    It's a bog standard two story house, I don't know the exact height.
     
  5. EssexBoy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Jun 2013

    Posts: 1,395

    Location: Essex/East London

    Wooden ladders, talk to me!
     
  6. Brizzles

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,522

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    It says ' Pro ' in the description, must be good
     
  7. NoobCannon

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Jun 2011

    Posts: 5,398

    Please post a picture of your impending full body cast
     
  8. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,063

    Location: Cumbria

    Rod hulls family has a spare set you may be able to borrow
     
  9. thedoc46

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,978

    Location: Expat in the USA

    I made a mistake when speccing my ladder. I measured the height of roof and ordered accordingly. However i didn't account for the fact that a ladder is at an angle and therefore it was a couple of feet too short ! So whatever the height it is to your roof add a good few feet.
     
  10. Diddums

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    Location: London

  11. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,755

    Location: Guernsey

    Just make sure you get someone to hold the bottom of the ladder

    I had a pretty bad fall from close to 2 storeys up after a ladder slipped out from under me about 15 years ago..Which to this day makes me now very nervous every time am up a ladder..
     
  12. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 231,630

    Location: In the radio shack

    Read it again, Diddums. Each section is 3.67m so it's double that overall. You do have a point though but those points are just burning a hole in my pocket :D
     
  13. Dis86

    Caporegime

    Joined: 23 Dec 2011

    Posts: 26,316

    Location: Northern England

    Good shout by diddums
     
  14. Steampunk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 1 Jun 2013

    Posts: 8,559

    I bought one of these a few years back. It's solid, the big feet make it hugely stable, can be converted to a step ladder, is cheaper than the one you linked, and is a bugger to store.
     
  15. Werewolf

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    Posts: 29,405

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    I used them a while back for a multi purpose ladder, they were very good with customer support when one of the packages was damaged in transit (losing the fittings for the stand off).

    the ladder levelling pack is quite handy as well.
     
  16. LeMson

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Mar 2012

    Posts: 3,869

    No wonder ladders get nicked, a lot of money for a bit of metal O_O
     
  17. wez130

    Capodecina

    Joined: 31 Jan 2004

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    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    I've got a step ladder, i never knew my real ladder :(

    :D
     
  18. Werewolf

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    Location: Panting like a fiend

    There is a fair amount of engineering and materials involved in a good ladder, add to that you don't tend to buy many of them so the cost doesn't drop like it does for many mass manufactured items where you are selling hundreds of thousands/millions of the same model yearly.
    We've still got two extending ladders (about 5m and 7m) from when my dad used them for his work ~30 years ago, I'm not sure I'd trust them at height for working on any more but they're still visibly in good shape despite having 10+ years of daily use and being stored in and outside the garage for the last 25 years.

    *groans*
     
  19. godinman

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    Joined: 26 Feb 2007

    Posts: 7,983

    Lyte is a good brand, also get a 'ladder mate' worth the £90 not to get yourself paralysed.
     
  20. peterwalkley

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2009

    Posts: 3,774

    Location: South Wirral

    Ouch. That's so criminal you should be in Oz not kiwi land ;)