Recommended ladders

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  1. blueant27

    blueant27 Newcomer
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    Hi all, newbie here

    Starting up windowing clean in the near future and one of the last things I need is some proper ladders.

    I after a set of "a" ladders for nothing higher that 1st floor house windows.

    What height and where from would you all recommend ?

    Thank you in advance
     
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  2. Alpha

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    I have 12yrs experience trading and I'd recommend a 12ft double point for tops and a 7ft single point for getting round bushes and high fan lights on the bottoms. around £250 and £80 for aluminium ones.
     
  3. Smurf

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    Hi & welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
     
  4. boarcity

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    dont buy if they have rubber feet .some A frames has rubber feet as standard which is a design flaw

    always check this first. rubber has no grip on damp or dusty ground
     
  5. Jimroot

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    Does that apply to rubber ladder mats boar? Or just small surface area rubber?
     
  6. Alpha

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    Ones I've always used have had rubber feet. I've never come of the ladder and I do some real dodgey moves on em lol. What is supposed to be on the bottom of them boarcity?
     
  7. boarcity

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    i had a really bad fall when laddermats lost their grip. the full drop!

    that led me to undertake research into rubber being used outdoors, i learned from several proper sources that its a known fact that rubber should never be used in outdoor situations
    unless the ground is dry and i mean perfectly dry . in the uk that is the peak summer months only on dry days
     
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  8. boarcity

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    usually ladders have hard plastic feet , for a very good reason . the hardness of hard plastic bites thru damp ground to the surface below . rubber being softer does not bite thru anything .
    as i said in post above above i looked into it all , trying to get to the bottom of why did i fall ,even tho i was using a supposedly safe safety device .
     
  9. Jimroot

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    Interesting, thanks for the Intel
     
  10. Alpha

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    Now you say it I do recall having used points with rubber feet, they wear down extremely quick and also sink up in to the bottom of the ladder. The plastic ones you mention are not obviously plastic they appear rubber but are very robust and last a lot longer so I geuss your a very knowledgeable man to know boarcity!! Point to mention for all is that the reason pointed ladders are a must for window cleaning is all to do with the ladder splaying out at the bottom, because of this the weight you transfer downwards and backwards on the ladder as you climb upwards is diverted outwards to the sides where it gets cancelled out due to the lowest rung keeping it from splaying further. Basically you can have a point at a much lower angle than any square ladder alowing you to not require time wasting footings and not miss windows when working alone.
     
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