Best ladder position

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Tony Hall, Jul 26, 2014.

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  1. Tony Hall

    Tony Hall Active Member
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    Hi All,

    I know that this is going to sound like a really stupid question but where is the best place to put the ladder when cleaning the windows, I've seen some window cleaners position their ladders above and below the windows. My front living room window has a bay window underneath and my old window cleaner use to hang off the ladder at either side. I want to do it as safe as possible so any tips would be very welcome, thanks guys.

    Tony.
     
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  2. TolishAPurd

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    It all depends on the window in question really. I generally put my ladder under the window, but preferably with the mitts on the sills. You can clean quite a big window this way without moving the ladder. I don't like going to the side much with a conventional ladder as its too tempting to overreach.

    I have one house where I use a standoff, and if it wasn't such a hassle to put on, move about, take off etc, I would use it all the time. With the under the window method you often find yourself holding on to the sill to avoid falling back, so the standoff prevents this by allowing you to have a couple of rounds above the height of the sill.

    In this job its rarely perfect conditions, so the key is knowing when to use which method (below, side, above), and which accompanying safety device to minimise the risk.
     
  3. Tony Hall

    Tony Hall Active Member
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    Hey thanks for the great advice,
    I've got a pair of mitts for the ladder as well as a stand off and a Rojac so the ladder doesn't slide backwards, I have this great fear like you said where the ladder will be under the window and I'll lean to far back. I like having three points on the ladder for safety so the stand off would be a really good idea, the only drawback is that the ladder would be top heavy when moving it but if it saves a trip to A & E then its worth the weight pardon the pun.:)

    Thanks again Tolishapurd.
     
  4. norm

    norm Grand Master
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    hi Tony i dont think carrying your ladder any distance with a stand off connected would be a good idea
    me being a shortish bear:rolleyes: position my ladder on bottom sill usually with it a bit above sill and no mitts so i can reach top of window and top corners and dont feel like im overreaching
     
  5. daveyboy

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    Same here unless it is a particularly tall window as you climb too far up the ladder to reach the top..then I would put ladders on wall above
     
  6. rugbywolf

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    I can't see as there is a rule about this, it really all depends on the window(s) concerned. I have some very wide upper ones that are ordinary height, but I put my ladder over the top so as I can reach across either side. Some lower bays have flat roofs, some don't. So it's a question of what you are most comfortable with, just making sure that you are safe and secure.
     
  7. RiceRocket

    RiceRocket Well-Known Member
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    Depends on the window, your ladder, your height & your age!
     
  8. cheapncheerful

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    hmmm, my problem is people always put their bloomin plants just where i want to put my ladder..
    ..no consideration custys..:D
     
  9. boarcity

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    i always put my ladder on the window sill , no mitts. you have to be very aware of the chance of ladder sideways slip with this method , however doing it this way it means you have no problem reaching the tops of the upper windows
     
  10. cheapncheerful

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    yeh not so keen on the mitts they scare me obviously i have to use them on certain jobs but normally they move too much..
     
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