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Evening guys and girls I have a small window cleaning round of around 300. I’m currently paying a young lad £50 a day just to foot my ladder for me, can everyone tell me their opinions on the best safety device to foot the ladder, safely? 

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scottish cleaning service
28 minutes ago, Craig Scott said:

Evening guys and girls I have a small window cleaning round of around 300. I’m currently paying a young lad £50 a day just to foot my ladder for me, can everyone tell me their opinions on the best safety device to foot the ladder, safely? 

WFP

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Pjj

The correct way to foot a ladder is have your left hand on the left hand stile, right hand on the right hand stile right foot on the first rung , left foot on the ground and gently push with the arms in towards the building 

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13 minutes ago, Pjj said:

The correct way to foot a ladder is have your left hand on the left hand stile, right hand on the right hand stile right foot on the first rung , left foot on the ground and gently push with the arms in towards the building 

No I meant how do I get the ladder footed without using someone whilst I’m up it 

25 minutes ago, scottish cleaning service said:

WFP

No no I get most of my clients because they don’t like the WFP system. I’m looking for the best safety options for the ladder 

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Apw1210
1 hour ago, Craig Scott said:

Evening guys and girls I have a small window cleaning round of around 300. I’m currently paying a young lad £50 a day just to foot my ladder for me, can everyone tell me their opinions on the best safety device to foot the ladder, safely? 

 

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MJK
1 hour ago, Craig Scott said:

Evening guys and girls I have a small window cleaning round of around 300. I’m currently paying a young lad £50 a day just to foot my ladder for me, can everyone tell me their opinions on the best safety device to foot the ladder, safely? 

Just google laddermate

At present I get my son foot 2 jobs a month where I use a very long ladder and bung him a pony but I will be getting a laddermate very soon when I purchase a new triple extension ladder.  It looks best for job imo.

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Craig Scott
7 hours ago, MJK said:

Just google laddermate

At present I get my son foot 2 jobs a month where I use a very long ladder and bung him a pony but I will be getting a laddermate very soon when I purchase a new triple extension ladder.  It looks best for job imo.

Cheers mate 

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scottish cleaning service
10 hours ago, Craig Scott said:

No I meant how do I get the ladder footed without using someone whilst I’m up it 

No no I get most of my clients because they don’t like the WFP system. I’m looking for the best safety options for the ladder 

Well convert them. Try it out for free for them and ask them for their thoughts on the matter, mine were the same.

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Teddington Window Cleaners

Wow, £50 a day footing ladders! 

and people say there is no money in pure trad!!! 😂

TBH, I bought the laddermates when I started because I had a decking job and it was 3 floors with the triple extensions , I never used them and they are still in the packaging in the van because I felt the ladder were safe without them as it was dry and the decking was not slippy (i didn't have a footer either, I work alone. 

You have to use a method that you feel is safe. 

I am, young, nimble and strong so the ladders are like a climbing frame for me. 

I may not feel this way when I am older and weaker so I may use the laddermates eventually or do more trad pole work. 

My point is I know my limits, like you know your limits which is why you pay for a footer.

safety is number 1 priority and you cannot be safe if you are not confident with the tools you are using. 

Hope this helps 

Stay Safe 🙂

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paulben

If you want something to stop ladder slipping on decking get some Mc Allister non slip ladder feet guards from B&Q only £12.92 

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MJK
15 hours ago, paulben said:

If you want something to stop ladder slipping on decking get some Mc Allister non slip ladder feet guards from B&Q only £12.92 

Read the original post as he says nothing about ladder to be footed on decking, just footed in general.

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Craig Scott
On 31/07/2020 at 14:30, Teddington Window Cleaners said:

Wow, £50 a day footing ladders! 

and people say there is no money in pure trad!!! 😂

TBH, I bought the laddermates when I started because I had a decking job and it was 3 floors with the triple extensions , I never used them and they are still in the packaging in the van because I felt the ladder were safe without them as it was dry and the decking was not slippy (i didn't have a footer either, I work alone. 

You have to use a method that you feel is safe. 

I am, young, nimble and strong so the ladders are like a climbing frame for me. 

I may not feel this way when I am older and weaker so I may use the laddermates eventually or do more trad pole work. 

My point is I know my limits, like you know your limits which is why you pay for a footer.

safety is number 1 priority and you cannot be safe if you are not confident with the tools you are using. 

Hope this helps 

Stay Safe 🙂

Cheers mate good words unfortunately I’m middle aged and my limits are not quite what they used to be 

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Craig Scott
1 hour ago, Craig Scott said:

Cheers mate good words unfortunately I’m middle aged and my limits are not quite what they used to be 

Also for the record the young lad has only just left school at 16 he’s on reasonable money for his age 

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Teddington Window Cleaners
3 hours ago, Craig Scott said:

Also for the record the young lad has only just left school at 16 he’s on reasonable money for his age 

I was up the ladder at his age (no footing) and my boss was on the pointer doing the bottoms. 

Maybe you could do that? young lad would get nice and strong, earn his keep and you could take it easy. 

Tell him its a promotion 🙂 

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Alan McCabe

Rojack ladder stopper

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THL4KEL

I use that for my industrial grade triples when there needed, I work alone so  there pretty good for most surfaces including uneven  -

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/ladder-accessories/6693585?cm_mmc=UK-PLA-DS3A-_-google-_-PLA_UK_EN_Enclosures_%26_Storage_%26_Material_Handling_Whoop-_-Ladder+Accessories_Whoop-_-6693585&matchtype=&pla-541132229437&gclid=CjwKCAjwjqT5BRAPEiwAJlBuBey2Wcghh84PpaeW-8QFfZYdDT6Ohsh04enPhpBynQBpKhDTANUimBoCqUQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

If you want the best ladder safety watch how a Sky Engineer uses ladders...

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Part Timer
4 hours ago, THL4KEL said:

I use that for my industrial grade triples when there needed, I work alone so  there pretty good for most surfaces including uneven  -

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/ladder-accessories/6693585?cm_mmc=UK-PLA-DS3A-_-google-_-PLA_UK_EN_Enclosures_%26_Storage_%26_Material_Handling_Whoop-_-Ladder+Accessories_Whoop-_-6693585&matchtype=&pla-541132229437&gclid=CjwKCAjwjqT5BRAPEiwAJlBuBey2Wcghh84PpaeW-8QFfZYdDT6Ohsh04enPhpBynQBpKhDTANUimBoCqUQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

If you want the best ladder safety watch how a Sky Engineer uses ladders...

That's a clever idea, very basic but those tend to be the best ones.

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