I was at an auction once and someone brought a half of an aluminum
ladder there to sell. I guess they must of broke it, or driven over
it or something. Anyhow, no one seemed interested in it, so I bid 50
cents and brought it home. I cut off the cracked ends to make them
smooth, and ended up with a 7 foot alum ladder. That thing has gotten
more use than I can say. It paid for itself the first time I used it,
and I use it all the time. It's light and fits almost anywhere, and
fits under the eaves when I painted the garage. The only complaint I
had was that the raw ends scratched the siding. Some duct tape
wrapped around these ends fixed that problem.
I inherited a 16 foot ladder made of magnesium. I don't know who made it, but I
treasure it for it's extremely light weight and awesome strength. It probably
weighs less than half what an aluminum version would weigh.
I was looking for the same thing and, like you, I was surprised that no one
seemed to sell a plain straight single-section aluminum ladder. I never did
find what I wanted.
After reading the other posts, I started thinking that fire departments use
single-section ladders to quickly get up on porch roofs, etc. I don't know
where they get them, but my guess is that they are expensive. Maybe you
could stop by a local fire station and ask if you can see what they use.
And you will probably find that they are heavier then whatever ext. ladders
you can get at Lowes, etc. are. They have some pretty tough safety standards
to meet, and that is mostly done by their strength, which equates to weight.
I know you said you wanted a simple straight ladder, but in this case I have
a better choice. Someone mentioned a multi position folding ladder. Well
that's my two cents. I bought one because I hated dragging out my extension
ladder everytime I needed to go above ten feet. So I went to the Borg and
bought a Gorilla ladder. It folds up to a tidy 4 ft long unit, it can be
used as a step ladder, or with one side longer than another on stairs. I
just painted a ceiling on a front porch, with one end on the walkway, and
one three steps up on the porch, allowing me to paint from both sides of the
ladder, saving me a ton of time and effort. I can seperate the pieces to
make two seperate units to set up scaffolding, and it extends into one
simple plain ladder from 8ft long up to 12 ft long.
After seeing it a lot of the people I know rushed out and bought the same
idea ladder. Under $100 bucks, rated for 300 lbs. All in all the best ladder
purchase I have ever made.
I got one of those & it's handy for some things but really heavy and a
pain to operate the locking mechanism. It always seems like I'm about to
get my finger crunched in the joints and it takes extra space to fiddle
with. Really heavy too.
So true. My mother insists on having me us one of those contraptions
every time I have to do something at her house, and most times I can get
more accomplished faster if I just drove the car up alongside the house
and do what I need to do standing on the roof.
Major pains in the ass, those ladders are.
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