Ladder size

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  1. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Hiya Folks

    I have recently started my own round and invested in a ***an 3.5m trade ladder (it extends to 6.1m). Whilst the ladder is great, I find that I have hardly (if at all) had to use its maximum height. Its length seems to make it particualarly awkward and cumbersome in tight situations such as narrow alleyways. I am thinking of purchasing a 2.5m ***an trade ladder (it extends to 4.1m). Does anyone else feel the same about the longer ladders and do you think I would get away with the smaller one (in most situations)?. Just dont want to waste my money on the smaller one if it would be of no use.
    Cheers
     
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  2. Masons

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    Without looking I reckon the ladders I carry regularly are around 4m
    like these: http://www.wickes.co.uk/professional-2-section-extension-ladder/invt/170019/
    Yet I do so because of the work I do, it depends what YOU need to a large degree.

    I also have a 8m professional set, which I hardly use at all, and never need fully extended.
     
  3. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    I think I will buy the shorter ladder. I can keep both on top of the car and then the taller ladder can be called upon when needed. I suspect the shorter ladder will be fine for 90% of my jobs and will be far less bother in tight areas.
     
  4. You need a ladder around 5.5 metres any less is to small for a lot of houses any more and it will be awkward and catch on wires etc.
    4.1 metres extended is too small!!
     
  5. kris122

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    Like mrtaytay I am having a little problem with ladders. I unfortunately have bought a telescopic ladder which is very nice, but quickly realised I have not done enough research as it is not up to the job. I am looking to do mainly 2 story houses and would like to extend the service to conservatories. Does anyone have a link to the best ladder available for the job. Thanks in advance. I will be cleaning trad style.
     
  6. uribra

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    Hi kris
    I think the best way to clean windows which are to high for ladder is by abseiling ...check out my site on http://www.windows-cleaning-abseiling.com
     
  7. kris122

    kris122 Guest

    Looks like fun but a bit extreme for 2 story houses and conservatories. ;)
     
  8. you will get a 5.5 metre double extention TRADE ladder for under £100 on ebay no bother
     
  9. kris122

    kris122 Guest

    Thanks. Having a look now.
     
  10. victorcookie

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    Yes, I reccomend the small ladder with 10 years of experience I could give you the best advice
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