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Guest Scott11

Help With Ladders Please Guys.

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Shinytime

get a double a as you can always separate

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Guest Scott11

Cheers buddy. Soo many different routes to go down.

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norm

Hi Scott mate the houses you will be cleaning will help you choose best size of ladder for you

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Andykarlaxxx

The ladder company that advertise on here do some banging deals, plus they come with a stabilizer which most dont. Free delivery too.

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Guest Scott11

cheers guys, what size A ladder would you recommend? thinking of going for a 10ft single section? would that and a pole be good enough to reach the top windows of most houses?

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Tuffers

 

cheers guys, what size A ladder would you recommend? thinking of going for a 10ft single section? would that and a pole be good enough to reach the top windows of most houses?

 

Buy a proper ladder if you're thinking of doing that mate. Climb up it and your nose will be in line with the glass. Cleaning off a short ladder with a pole? You'll get soaked for starters, plus you won't have your hands on the ladder, plus it won't do as good a job.

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Guest Scott11

I am looking to start on my own. Can your A ladders be too big?

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Bernie

You need a 2m single for ground floor windows. The idea of the A frame is the rubber bit at the top rests on the frame. The 2m is only needed for windows that are ground floor but still a little to high to reach the tops..Also good for getting over locked gates. For upstairs windows you need a 3m double. Or go wfp.

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norm

An alternative for ground floor windows is a step ladder/ladder.I found I couldnt reach top of window frames on bottom windows using a beer crate as window cleaners round my way all use.As all good window cleaners wipe there frames got abru step ladders/ladders and use them all the time.

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Bernie

Yep steps work. But make sure ur on even ground with them...coz even a fall from small steps can hurt and put u out of work. Great thing about A frame ladders is they are very very stable and was made for the job.

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norm

Hi Bernie mate if you have a large window you can put your steps centre of the window allowing more coverage wile using A frame you would be one side or other of window or above window having to work around your ladder? But maybe another way cus I am still learning as only cleaning windows 5 months.I am open to education :Image11:

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Mart1001

Am I the only one that simply uses a short unger extension for high bottoms ?

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Bernie

Most Large windows are shop fronts... then use a pole as mart said.or steps maybe better suited as the pavement should be flat... Large window on a house are mostly bay so u move ladder along same as u would with steps. On a standard size window there's not that much diff in the reach from the side with A frame.... or in front with steps. But yes some houses do av big windows so I guess at the end of the day use what ever gets the job done best for you mate.

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Mart1001

 

Hi Mart How do you clean the top window frames?

 

Well firstly, unless asked otherwise and paid for, I don't clean window frames, I wipe um....not being picky but, there is a difference there. Also, unless there's bird muck etc, I only really wipe um over during a first clean although I always give the sill a good wipe. Being 6'3, I can reach most of them but the ones I can't or would have to stretch too much for, I just wipe my applicator(on extension) over them and then after squeegeeing the window and wiping sill, I simply throw my damp sill cloth(scrim) over the end of my extension and wipe them dry.

 

I'm talking about a short extension pole here, 2ft to be exact however, even that is easy enough to cut down and I've even known people use a piece of broom handle. Then there's the trick of throwing a cloth over the end of your squeegee to give yourself that little bit of reach. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to or, can comfortably carry ladders, bucket and a pair of steps or a crate around with them with all of the various tools on offer today.

 

Mart.

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norm

 

Most Large windows are shop fronts... then use a pole as mart said.or steps maybe better suited as the pavement should be flat... Large window on a house are mostly bay so u move ladder along same as u would with steps. On a standard size window there's not that much diff in the reach from the side with A frame.... or in front with steps. But yes some houses do av big windows so I guess at the end of the day use what ever gets the job done best for you mate.

 

As you say mate because I have some older houses with large windows find these a bit awkward and my step ladder/ladder does my job but most houses now have bay windows with frames good for A frame ladder so I guess unless you have these large single windows A frame is the way to go .I do have a double A frame I use for a Golf club and find it far better and safer than normal ladder

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norm

 

Well firstly, unless asked otherwise and paid for, I don't clean window frames, I wipe um....not being picky but, there is a difference there. Also, unless there's bird muck etc, I only really wipe um over during a first clean although I always give the sill a good wipe. Being 6'3, I can reach most of them but the ones I can't or would have to stretch too much for, I just wipe my applicator(on extension) over them and then after squeegeeing the window and wiping sill, I simply throw my damp sill cloth(scrim) over the end of my extension and wipe them dry.

 

I'm talking about a short extension pole here, 2ft to be exact however, even that is easy enough to cut down and I've even known people use a piece of broom handle. Then there's the trick of throwing a cloth over the end of your squeegee to give yourself that little bit of reach. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to or, can comfortably carry ladders, bucket and a pair of steps or a crate around with them with all of the various tools on offer today.

 

Mart.

 

Wish I was 6'3 ya lucky beggar I guess size does matter :Image4:

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stuvy

Im 6'2" and just use a bottle crate(from my local) to stand on no need for an extension pole

 

The fella I used to work for had a telescopic ladder in the van for bays and tall bungalows it worked a treat but watch your fingers when closing it as it used to remind me of the till from open all hours!!

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