Complete novice has just bought a three piece ladder to clean out the
guttering on a two storey terraced house.
Is there any particular method to get the ladder extended up to the correct
height? Should I balance the ladder vertically and then raise the
individual pieces one at a time? or should I lay it in the garden
horizontally, and then adjust it to the correct height, and then walk it up
to the vertical? Thanks for advice.
Mine has wheels at the top end and ropes. I turn it so the wheels are on
the wall, stand the base away so it is stable and pull the rope to
extend the ladder. When it is up, flip it over so that the wheels are no
longer against the wall. Lowering it is the opposite. But that is a
fairly long, two section ladder.
If it didn't have wheels and rope, then it would seem a lot safer
extending it before raising it - as trying to hold the ladder off the
wall with one hand, whilst trying to extend it with the other, sounds a
recipe for disaster..
One of the first things I did with this house was to put in a row of
eye-bolts, every 2 feet under the eaves. They don't show. Not only will
they soon be used to hold Crimble decorations - but I line the ladder up
and tie the ladder to them. It certainly makes me feel a whole lot
safer, working on the ladder once it is tied to the wall.
This probably depends on the weight of the ladder and how strong you are. I
have a 30 foot aluminum Class II ladder with some steel reinforcing rods in
it. I cannot lift if from the ground when it is extended, as it weighs too
much and has a lot more leverage than I. Therefore, I need to set it
vertically on its feet and raise it as straight as possible. Then I can
slowly lower it towards the eave or wall of my house. I can keep it under
reasonable control so long as it isn't more than 30 degrees from vertical.
Beyond that, it would come crashing down...
"monrae fordi" <toolman email@example.com> wrote in message
Dropping a rope out of a bedroom window, tying it to the end of the
ladder and then returning to the bedroom to haul the nearest end up, is
the only way I have been able to manage some of the ladders I have had
to use. Once the end of the ladder is just under the window, go
downstairs, shuffle it to the side of the window and then work it higher
up the wall and closer to it.
I have a neighbour with big sons that work at home now, but, even
better, he has a high-reach wheeled loader thingy that I can
borrow...much more fun and does the job in no time.
With my triple extension aluminium ladder, whilst it is leaning at an angle
to the wall, I raise the top bit a number of rungs and then raise the middle
section to the required height. If you can get a helper it helps! they can
then stand between the wall and ladder and hold it off the wall slightly as
you push up the sections.
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