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Any ladder guys?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Can Can, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I need to buy a 24' extension ladder, but I'm a little confused about the ratings..... A class 3 ladder is rated for 200 lbs. The same ladder in a class 2 rating is almost double the price and is only rated for and extra 25 lbs??????

    Is the class 2 that much better? FWIW, I'll be using it for light construction projects, painting, and tree trimming at my rural recreation property.
     
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    Buy the lighter duty one and make sure the ground is clear around where you may fall
     
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    im a big guy (250lbs), so its always been class I or IA ONLY
    wouldnt trust anything smaller

    My method, (expensive way) is take your weight, or the weight of the biggest person who will go up the ladder, and add 30lbs, then round up to next class

    a good test, if you can arrange it, it to climb to the top of whatever ladder, as see how stable it feels to you... i have the feeling you'll see why price is so much higher for higher classes
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yeah, I already found that page during a search. I was just looking for some real world advice, because I read somewhere that a ladder is tested at 4x it's weight rating, kinda like I test underground gas lines at 770 KPA(about 110 PSI) even though the system it's installed in is running at 60 PSI.....
     
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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I'm going ladder shopping this weekend. Thanks for the tip about testing them out. Is there any brand in particular you would recommend?
     
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    Well, we must ask ourselves W.W.B.D.? What would Bubba do? Here's what Bubba would do. Bubba doesn't climb ladders. Bubba doesn't do heights unless he is hooked up to a rope hanging out of a chopper. Heights don't agree with Bubba. So when there's some ladder climbing to be done around the old homestead, Bubba calls in favors or pays some dinero for someone else to go ladder climbing.

    I hope that helps..................... :D
     
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    Monkeys are good at climbing
     
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    Southern real world advice. Just make sure you eat all your veggies and you'll grow up to be big and strong. Also, onions make you purdy, collards bring you wealth, and black eyed peas are for luck. :xmas:
     
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    I can't recommend any but I can tell you to stay away from this one.

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    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    HARDEE-HAR-HAR!!!!! You guys are hilarious.......:mad: :wink1:

    I guess I should have expected this kind of response from a bunch of goons, eh?:rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    Little Giant Ladder

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    I am not sure if this would work for you and they are abit pricey. Shop around online you can find them cheaper.
     
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    I think I heard, read somewhere that you should buy the ladder that will be rated at your weight plus whatever you might be carrying up and or down said same ladder.

    Having said that I've seen some pretty damn bowed ladders that I thought wouldn't hold but just kept bending and bending back, over and over so......

    Oh yea, I try to stay with fiberglass over aluminum. :)
     
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    You gotta figure there is a large margin of safety in these things; there is a lot of liability if they fail. Also, the ladder is going to be stronger the closer it gets to the vertical position, since that will reduce the bending moment. I definitly would not spend double for a lousy 25lb higher rating. Kick it a little closer to the wall and call it good.
     
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    The higher class ladders FEEL ALOT sturdier when you are 20+ feet above the ground. I have one cheapo alum ladder and 2 good fiberglass Werner ladders. The Werners get used for anything above 10 feet. Only down side to fiberglass, they can break the ends if they fall over, alum will just bend or spring apart,
     
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    Little Giant or Gorilla ladders are my favorite... they are 1A rated and are adjustable to 4 positions or saw horse position where you take the 3 pieces apart, add a support for the extension pieces, and you have yourself a full size saw horse pair.
     
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    Ladders are set up to a 4-1 ratio. For every 4 feet vertical extend the ladder out 1 foot from the wall. OSHA safty standards.
     
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