On Dec 13, 12:42 am, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Right, Aluminum ladders can be weakened by fire and fail... Same goes
the fiberglass ladders -- they are useful for certain kinds of
where a non-conductive means of climbing is required but expose them
heat and the resins will quickly soften and the ladder becomes unsafe
Wood ladders can bake and char and will survive burning for a short
of time before failing...
Remember that temperatures in the thousands of degrees are common in
fully involved structure fires...
Most FD's today use aluminum/fiberglass because of manpower shortages.
One FF can handle a 20' aluminum ladder, but it would take 2 FF's to
handle a 20' wooden ladder. When you need a 40-50ft. ladder, that
takes many more.
Hank <~~~climbed a 40' bangor laddder
The video showed how many guys it took to handle one of the taller wood
ladders. The tallest ladder I have is a 24' fiberglass extension ladder.
I have no trouble handling it myself except on those days when my hair
On 12/13/2010 7:08 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I have fiberglass and aluminum ladders myself. I haven't owned a wooden
ladder in years. The problem I've always had with wooden ladders is the
fact that the wood shrinks and the metal rods and hardware falls off. I
had nothing like the SFFD ladders which are of unbelievable quality. I
couldn't guess at how much a ladder like theirs would cost.
On Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:17:31 -0600, The Daring Dufas
My 6' step ladder and an *old* 16' extension ladder (that I wouldn't trust to
climb) are aluminum. The others (a 8' step and 20' extension, and soon a 10'
step) are fiberglass. Other than the aluminum extension ladder they're all
Yep. They're incredibly heavy, too.
You could guess. IIRC they said how many weeks it took to make a ladder.
Multiply that by the two(?) guy's salaries, multiplied by at least four.
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