Ladder feet

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  1. Posh

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    The feet on my ladder are shot.
    Anyone know where I can get a spare set.
    Before you all rush the ones I am looking for are the ones that fit on the bar that goes on the bottom of your ladder to stop it tilting each side. They slide on on a bit of plastic & the bar sits out a couple of feet each way on yer ladder.
    I've looked everywhere.
     
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  2. RiceRocket

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    Could try contacting BPS about them
     
  3. TolishAPurd

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    Yep, BPS sell them, but I remember them being quite expensive for what they are.
     
  4. boarcity

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    dont buy rubber feet . there is a reason why ladders are never fitted with rubber feet when new-because rubber has zero grip on damp dusty or wet surfaces

    iv noticed a few aftermarket firms selling cut-to-fit rubber feet-these should be banned
     
  5. Tuffers

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    I always thought the rubber gave better grip than the hard plastic feet. I felt more confident with rubber too.
     
  6. boarcity

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    #6 boarcity, Jun 13, 2014
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    i used to think that too . its a common misconception. on a bone dry surface they are excellent . but it must be bone dry or .... this can happen>

    then i had a bad fall when using a laddermat (rubber) , it let me down when i needed it ,on a damp October morning.

    but WHY did the rubber mats let slip on me ? - i then looked online ,read everything i could about rubber as a safety grip surface trying to find the answer - found out rubber has No grip if the ground is wet,damp ,or dusty .

    however - plastic feet being rock hard,dig thru dampness somewhat , if you get my drift
     
  7. windowsurfer

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  8. boarcity

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    personally-i think they are bad news. because in the UK the ground is often damp- even in high summer,at 9 a.m. theres dampness/dew call it what you will.

    after my ladder fall i posted about it on the clean it up forum [to warn others] and several came forward to say they had near misses after rubber mats or rubber feet let slip on them. how many who have died after rubber let slip on them we will never know. as i said , people THINK rubber is a good safety edge,especially if the ground is dodgy ,but its not
    i now always use spikes fitted to my ladders and trust them. iv used them on ice and snow so i know first hand
     
  9. windowsurfer

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    Thanks boarcity:thumbsup:, maybe spikes are best then, I fell down with those trim to size rubber ladder feet as old ones were worn into metal, plus patio was slimy and had to put ladder out a fair bit due to a double step. Feel the pain still in my shin:gush:, so dont want to repeat it. I also have ladder mats, which are rubber:(. Got a friend who really trusts them on decking, says their great:confused:.
     
  10. boarcity

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    so your rubber feet let slip on you? thats further proof . the trouble is in this trade we often work on our lonesome, nobody is there to foot the ladder,so we look for/buy anything that might give us extra safety- we put our trust in the makers of safety products.

    i actually got in touch with the maker of my rubber laddermats ,to tell him/warn him . he then tried to buy me off with gifts ,then got all superior on me, and mailed me the safety tests he had paid to have done on his product- i noted none were done on damp or wet or smooth ground,only perfect surfaces.
    his laddermats are sold everywhere now, how he can sleep at night i dont know , cos someone will trust them and fall for sure because they trusted them one damp morning
     
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