You don't HAVE a sense of humour. You're too busy insisting that you're
right, even when you're not...which is often.
Did you honestly think that I changed my e-mail so I could play with you?
I think you're due for an ego adjustment.
I'm surprised no-one has mentioned it yet: there is a brand of spanners called
Metrinch. The name says it all. What's more, these spanners attach the centre
of the sides of the nut, rather than the edges, meaning you can also use them
on badly degraded nuts and bolts, without ripping off the corners. And they do
all sizes. My set is made in USA ;-) Father in law told me about them 25 years
ago, apparently Peugot used to include them in their toolkits way back then.
I've got a socket set and a spanner set, they're brilliant if you have to deal
with rusted farm machinery from time to time, as well as both metric and
imperial nuts and bolts constantly.
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According to their Web site they're made in Taiwan. Might be really
good but selling them using infomercials has pretty well shot their
credibility. I googled them and the consensus among users seems to be
that they actually work as advertised but have a lot of slop which
makes wrenching in tight quarters problematical.
Actually, one of the best ladders on the market, it has been cloned by all,
is the Wing Little Giant is sold on infomercials and so is the Fein
Multimaster. Infomercials are not always a sign of cheese.
I googled them and the consensus among users seems to be
Probably would not fly in an automotive shop where some brands of ratchets
don't have enough clicks to be functional in tight spaces.
Ugh!!! I hate those things. They will indeed bend into every shape known
to man, but they are such a royal pain to move around and use. Try using
one of those in all but the most open and unencumbered spaces. They're
expensive too. I've used them and gone back to regular ladders of differing
size and style.
Perhaps you have used one that looks similar. I have 2 of them and see that
the local dish installers use them. They are not a pain to use as are the
ones that are all one piece. These ladders can easily and quickly come
apart into 3 pieces. They are very easy to use in confined spaces.
And really, they DO NOT bend in more than 3 positions. Closed, A-frame and
straight open, no other position is possible.
Yes they are expensive but most any quality product is.
An additional note here, I think you are thinking about the ones that have 4
sections that are connected by 3 hinged joints. Those truly are a PIA.
The Little Giant is really great. It telescopes on both sides and only
pivots open at 1 hinged joint similar to a regular step ladder.
You're right about the different ladders - I have used both styles and of
the two I really hate the 3 hinge style the most. They are the most awkward
to use. There's no question that the single hinge style of the Little Giant
is far less awkward than the 3 hinge style, but I still prefer a straight up
step ladder to those.
Some of our experiences may be reflective of the equipment we've used. I
don't know how you use your ladders, and who else uses them, or how well
they are cared for. I take care of my equipment as I suspect you do yours,
but the equipment I have the (dis)pleasure of using from time to time is not
always so well cared for. It gets thrown into trucks, jammed in to make it
fit, buried under everything and yanked out from below it all, knocked
around, left out in the weather, etc. You know - the basic don't care sort
of thing. They don't work as well when exposed to this treatment. Subject
the more simple step ladder to this same abuse and there isn't as much to go
wrong. It just opens up and it's there. You have to deal with a regular
step requiring more storage space, and you have to deal with keeping more
ladders on hand, but I prefer that. If I need a 5 footer, that's what I
use. As I'm fond of saying, it's all a matter of perspective.
The ones that I used were really a pain, for the task at hand. I was doing
installations of in-grid ceiling sound systems and in that environment,
you're working among too many tradesmen. Electricians are there, masons and
tile guys, carpenters, painters, and more, all working in the same small
areas with all of their stuff scattered all over the place. It's a bad
working environment, but it's the way it is. These ladders were very
awkward to use since they have such a large footprint and require so much
farting around to set up and to move. A regular step ladder is so much
faster to open up, close up, move around, etc. It's much easier to move a 8
footer around in these environments and open it up than it is to set up one
of these. Granted - that 8 footer is not as versatile, but I really hated
using the little giant. The other thing that quickly became annoying was
that with not a lot of use, the latches become difficult to work. Not real
difficult, but sticky - kinda.
I know this - I can walk in with a standard 8 footer while someone else
walks in with a Little Giant, and I can get my ladder on the floor, opened
up and be up in the grid while the other person is still flipping those
latches. For me, that is more important than the versatility that the
Little Giant offers. For others, the opposite is true.
Spray a little Endust on the latch and or extension slides.
The single cheap step ladder is easier but if you need to get up high the
Little giant wins out.
Mine works well when painting a winding star well, or any stair well, ;~)
or getting up into a tree, one of mine will extend to 19'. Then I ended up
buying a 3' clone version for working inside a house when you need something
more than a step stool. If I had job specific applications I would do like
you and get job specific equipment. I tend to take what ever comes my way.
LOL.. A buddy and I were up on our ladders, we wrestled with his 20'
extension ladder and easily put mine up 6' away. We were in an entry way
that had no ceiling until you reached the second floor ceiling. Both floors
had 10' ceilings and we were hanging "BIG GAME" trophies. He grabbed one
end of the antler and I grabbed the other and we went up one step at a time
until the mounting hole met up with the lag bolt 16' up off the floor. We
hung Moose, Elk, and a few bigger ones that I could not recognize. Thank
goodness they were basically hollow as they 60 -80 pounds each. We balked
when the customer said that he also had an elephant head to hang.
That said, he, 18 years my senior had no problem shooting up his 40'
extension ladder while I stood at the bottom making sure the bottom did not
slide out from under him. Now that is one hard ladder to raise.
Your dad sounds like an interesting guy that would be fun to talk with over
a cold one.
You bring up a very good point about the measuring system. Industrial
revolution and interchangeable parts. They have made the US one of the most
productive countries in the world. What many people fail to notice though,
is that other countries have been taking over much of that manufacturing and
we are being left out. They don't always want our products because they are
not interchangeable, just as you'd have a difficult time getting your Saab
repaired back in 1960.
It is not that one system is superior to the other, but it simplifies life
if we all work towards the same goals. If my company insisted on buying
only machines made with Imperial measure, we'd be out of business as no more
machines are made in the US for our industry. Using metric, other
countries have put rockets in space, built nuclear reactors, race cars, fine
watches and heavy machinery. The standard of the photo industry was the 35
mm camera, the 8mm and 16mm movie cameras.
Those here that vocalize the superiority of the Imperial system have been
using metrics all of their life, but are just afraid to admit it. I'd
venture to say that many have not visited other countries to see how they do
All of that said, I'm going to pour me a couple of ounces of adult sipping
beverage from the 750 ml bottle.
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