Whatever project you’re working on, it is always best to consider safety. For some projects, especially if it involves home improvement and working above your line of sight, you may need a good ladder. Even if you already have one, make sure it’s still up to par. Despite an old ladder “getting the job done,” you want to avoid using one that’s damaged or off balance, which can put you at risk for serious injury. To prevent any unnecessary accidents, you need to have the right ladder. If you don’t, check out our ladder buying guide to help you find a new one that will support you for a long time.
Ladders are categorized by the amount of weight they can handle. This is often referred to as the load capacity or the duty rating.
- Type IAA – 375 lbs. load capacity
- Type IA – 300 lbs. load capacity
- Type I – 250 lbs. load capacity
- Type II – 225 lbs. load capacity
- Type III – 200 lbs. load capacity
Again, consider your safety when trying to decide what size ladder you will need. You can go with either by a step, extension, or multi-position ladder.
Step – Step ladders, with their A-frames, can be one to two steps or up to seven steps. They often come with spreaders that lock into place and hold the ladder in position. There are also twin-step ladders that enable you to use both sides. These are often used for indoor projects, such as painting or ceiling work.
Extension – Extension ladders have 1-2 upper sections and a base, with one section sliding up to reach various heights. Your ladder needs to be taller than the height you need to reach. Look for an extension ladder that’s 7-10 feet longer than your point of reach, so that it can rest on the surface and secure your position. There are telescoping ladders that extend to various heights and straight ladders that have one side.
Multi-Position – These are often referred to as combination or articulating ladders. Multi-position ladders are great for added versatility and can be used on stairs. You can also find models with twin sides, so that you can work in pairs. You can also find a single-sided ladder similar to an extension ladder.
Typical available ladder models are usually made of aluminum or fiberglass. With smaller models like step ladders, there are plastic, wood, and steel models. Aluminum ladders are durable and easy to handle with less weight while fiberglass ladders are strong and do not conduct electricity.
Features & Accessories
So that you don’t have to hike up and down the ladder for each tool, there are features and accessories you can buy to add for your convenience. To keep materials close by, there are trays, platforms, buckets, and paint cups designed to help. On the sides of your ladder, you may notice notches or holes. These are made to hold your tools — you can also buy bungee loops for extra security. For an extension ladder, you may want to consider getting a stabilizer, which attaches to the top and extends the ladder’s support as well.
Feel free to check out the Hipp’s Help store for any home improvement needs or supplies for projects. We offer FREE ship to store for all of Mountain View customers. And we also offer reasonable shipping rates for the rest of our customers throughout the country.
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