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ladder safety-when is it time to say good bye?

by Bob #2
posted 10-13-2008 12:10 AM


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Karson

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 12:20 AM

I’ve gone to Fiberglass ladders, both for step ladders and extension ladders. I don’t know if you can visually find anything wrong by looking at the ladders.

But I don’t want to drop it and cause some glass breakage in the supporgts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Tony

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 12:36 AM

Only 300 lb! That is not too much, when you consider the weight of the person and the Bag of cement or stack of tiles being carried on your back – I think I would be looking at 250kg minimum – the cost difference is negligible. There are so many multipurpose ladders on the market now you are spoiled for choice.

Sorry to hear about the injuries sustained, I hope you recover quickly – Whiskey and more Whiskey is the secret to fast recovery and getting over the fear of climbing onto the next ladder (that is my exscuse).

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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MrWoody

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 12:58 AM

Bob, I’m glad it wasn’t too serious. I just replaced mine this spring because the old one getting quite scarey.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 01:51 AM

I escaped any serious problems but I was worried about your guys who may not have even considered your aging ladders.
Tony, I must admit that your remedy has been used successfully here again. <g>
I went out after the incident to look at the offering and all I can find on my short list is 140 kg. Or around 300 lbs for a ten foot ( 3 meter) unit.
I will keep looking.
It’s tossup between weight of the ladder and capacity.
Karson, I ‘m looking at fiberglass and aluminum now for strength and weight.
Woody, wish you would have phoned me now <g>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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TomK

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 02:23 AM

Good advice, and I’m glad it was not worse for you.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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kolwdwrkr

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 03:19 AM

Geeze Bob you should have followed your instincts and purchased a new one. The gut never lies. If it feels something is wrong turn around and walk away. Glad to hear you made it through it without serious injury. Things could have been a whole lot worse.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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woodnut

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#7 posted 10-13-2008 03:35 AM

I found out the hard way that new ladders are not always safe either. While I was building my shop I had one of the new extendable ladders and was putting osb overhead, was on the third rung and it broke. Threw the 4’x8’ sheet to the side and fell to the concrete with small scratches. After looking at the way the rungs were installed I found only two rivots to hold the rungs on.

-- F.Little

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GaryK

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 04:58 AM

Good the hear that you didn’t get speared, Bob!

Never seen a ladder do that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 10-15-2008 03:42 PM

:( glad you are ok! Could have been disastrous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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gusthehonky

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#10 posted 10-15-2008 03:54 PM

The orange colored Werner have provided strength and reiability far exceeding their $ amount. I have total confidence when a fully extended 40’ needs to carry myself and a bundles of shingles to a rooftop.

-- Ciao, gth.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 10-15-2008 04:03 PM

I recently broke down & bought a new Werner MT-22, I think it’s one of the best built ladders. My son has had one of these for quite a few years now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 10-15-2008 11:16 PM

Thanks for the consideration and the input fellas.
I have just about done my homework now so the hunt begins for either a 10’ step industrial grade xtra duty or now I have to take a closer look at the Werner MT-22 that Dick suggests.
There’s a wood show here in a couple of weeks so that may give me a chance to talk to some vendors.
In the meantime, I’m using one of ours from work and waitng for the bruises on my knees , toes ,hip and arm to lighten up.
I can’t ever remember getting this chipped up that quickly. <g>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 10-16-2008 12:06 AM

You reminded me of what happened to me once, this was 40 years ago.

I was on the ladder about 10” up, getting ready to put cedar shakes on my house, & there was a flap on a piece tar paper. I reached to straighten it out, & a bat flapped its wings, & let out a screech. Startled!! I jumped back, & down I went. Lucky for me I landed like a cat, on my feet. Only shaking, & laughing about it. WHEW!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Darell

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#14 posted 10-16-2008 01:31 AM

Hi Bob, been there myself. Got a monster bruise when an 8’ wooden stepladder broke on me a few years ago. I feel your pain. I bought a 22’ LiL Giant that is similar to the Werner mentioned above. It’s very stable, easy to use and carry around. Best ladder I’ve ever used. I believe they are available at Sears, at least around here they are. Might be a special order item. Don’t think you could go wrong with either of these ladders.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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Bob #2

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#15 posted 10-16-2008 01:37 AM

That helps quite a bit Darell.
I trying to be real careflu this time.
I bought the other one because I said I would only use it for x-mas lights.
This one I will buy for carting shingles. <g>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#16 posted 10-16-2008 01:52 AM

Check out this cool video. The 6 million dollar ladder.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don Newton

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#17 posted 10-16-2008 02:06 AM

I guess if you start to question a ladders safety, it’s time to replace it. Glad you are OK, heal quickly.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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