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Old 09-16-2019, 08:41 PM   #1
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Just ordered a 16' fiberglass Louisville extension ladder.
Think I'm gonna love it. Lighter and longer than the heavy, bulky, "little giant"
I've been wrestling with for the last 6 years.
Any thoughts or advice on the care and feeding of fiberglass ladders as apposed to aluminum, from the pro's out there?
Have lots of gutters to clean in the next few day's.
Had moss killer put on the roof last fall, and it has all accumulated around my downspouts. Gutters running over all around the casa, and maybe an inch of rain expected tomorrow.
Ladder arrives in the mail tomorrow.

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Old 09-16-2019, 10:44 PM   #2
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Keep it out of the weather when not in use.Fiberglass will swell if it's wet all the time and sun light dries it out. If you ever drop it check it for cracks. Other than that should last you for years and years.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:45 AM   #3
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Buy a stabilizer for it. You know the type you see on painting contractor ladders. They are a life saver and are easy to put on/take off. Also buy a pair of the Blue wall protectors. Do not buy the orange ones. They fall apart fast.
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Thanks guys.
Imagine the sun would eat it up after a few years if left out?
Kinda like it does any fiberglass or nylon?
I'll be hanging it in our garden shed, when not in use.
Those stabilizers look pretty good. Save a person from hanging from the gutter.
I'm only single story, so not too worried. But I'm gonna check em out.
The wall bumpers too.
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I use ladders every day, definitely get the "condoms", they really help to prevent the top sliding around on siding (or plywood).
I don't use the stabilizers but I'm sure they have their uses. I've seen guys set the stabilizers above the gutters, on the roof.
The most important aspect is the base, make sure it's stable and solid. We always keep little bits of scrap wood to shore up the base as needed.
When you are standing at the base facing the ladder with your arm straight out from your shoulder you should be touching the ladder rungs, this is a good angle.
When moving ladders i always shoulder them with the feet forward, so when I get to the spot I plant the feet and tilt the ladder against the wall, then raise it as needed.
I always take the ropes off, too, as I don't like kicking a rope when on a ladder. Raise as high as possible then climb the lower section and grasp the upper section and pull back as you push up, ; it's easier than it sounds.
Also, the lower section should be the inside, closest to the wall, the upper should be outside, furthest from the wall. The flats on the rungs should be more or less level if your angle is good.
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Thanks b ruff.
I like the part where you stand at the base, and arms length away to the rungs angle.
It worky for me.
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I'm the safety coordinator for our field guys, these are some of what the OSHA requirements are for extension ladders.........

* 4 to 1 rule: For every four feet of height you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall.

* Maintain a 3-point contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) when climbing/descending a ladder.

* Extend the top of the ladder three feet above the landing.
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I'm the safety coordinator for our field guys, these are some of what the OSHA requirements are for extension ladders.........

* 4 to 1 rule: For every four feet of height you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall.

* Maintain a 3-point contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) when climbing/descending a ladder.

* Extend the top of the ladder three feet above the landing.
All good points.
One hand for the ship, and one hand for yourself.
Not my first ladder by any means. But the reason I ordered this one, is because the one we had before wasn't long enough to extend 3 feet above the landing.
Plus the old "little giant" ladder is bulky and heavy.
New one just got delivered at 1445, now that the rains are starting again.
Had all morning of reasonable weather, I could have been cleaning my overflowing gutters.
Thanks Artwo.
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In my opinion,
For out door use on uneven ground, like around houses to clean gutters,
I prefer an orchard ladder.
Three legs on uneven ground is much more stable than 4 legs.
Also with three legs it is easier to move around shrubbery and such.

Extension ladders are dangerous!
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In my opinion,
For out door use on uneven ground, like around houses to clean gutters,
I prefer an orchard ladder.
Three legs on uneven ground is much more stable than 4 legs.
Also with three legs it is easier to move around shrubbery and such.

Extension ladders are dangerous!
Have used those critters forever it seems.
An uncle in the north Eugreen area had a huge cherry orchard when I was a younger kid. He had those things all over the place since he sold the cherries commercially. And had migrants to pick them every year.
His orchard was situated on a small stream that ran through it. Somewhere on Beltline road.
Apparently it was a favorite native camping area.
After he would disc between the rows of tree's, us little widgets would go out and find all sorts of cool arrowheads. All black obsidian.
But yes! Grew up using those 3 legged ladders. Some were 20 feet or more in length.
But as little widgets back then, who needed ladders? We was Gawds own monkey's.
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On the commercial side of our business we sell a ton of the Louisville Leanable Ladders. They are OSHA approved to lean against a wall.
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On the commercial side of our business we sell a ton of the Louisville Leanable Ladders. They are OSHA approved to lean against a wall.
I'll be putting my Louisville to use tomorrow for the first time.
Think I'm gonna like it a lot.
It's about 3/4 the weight of the Little Giant we have, and nearly twice as long.
And the best part, I don't have to fold or unfold it every time I'm done with it.
Don't use it up against walls much. But up and over gutters. But am gonna grab some of those booties or condoms to put on the upper end, to protect walls when I DO use it that way.
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I'm the safety coordinator for our field guys, these are some of what the OSHA requirements are for extension ladders.........

* 4 to 1 rule: For every four feet of height you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall.

* Maintain a 3-point contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) when climbing/descending a ladder.

* Extend the top of the ladder three feet above the landing.
I use ladders daily. What you just referenced is what we call “the big 3” where I work. Getting caught breaking one of the big 3 is a big no no.
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Keep it out of the weather when not in use.Fiberglass will swell if it's wet all the time and sun light dries it out. If you ever drop it check it for cracks. Other than that should last you for years and years.
Well I'm a framing contractor and I have fiberglass ladders that are over 20yrs old and have never been anywhere but on job sites. Exposed to weather and sun the whole time. Never had a problem.
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Well I'm a framing contractor and I have fiberglass ladders that are over 20yrs old and have never been anywhere but on job sites. Exposed to weather and sun the whole time. Never had a problem.
Good stuff to know.
Especially after watching the trucker unload it from the semi it arrived in.
He was prying and kicking it so much, to get it out from between 2 large shipping containers, I had to tell him, "hey man, that thing is fiberglass".
Really didn't want to receive damaged goods AGAIN.
He finally got it out and I made him wait while we both inspected it for damage.
Gonna climb it in the AM and find out.
Or back to Home Depot for a refund and they pay the freight.
Looks good though.
All this for a ladder?
Wish I had a pickup again. I woulda went in and bought one off the shelf.
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