Various Types and Uses of an Extension Ladder

Ladders are considered as one of the most important tools that you can have in your house. Whether you’re a mother taking care of the household chores or a businessman trying to get your work done, ladders are really important. An extension ladder enables one to have access to spaces and places that they normally could not reach for. But what is exactly an extension ladder? What does it look like? How are they used? And what are the advantages of using one?

Extension ladders are separated into two or three pieces, that you can pull-up and slide together for easy storage. It can be easily extended to its maximum length by sliding the pieces apart either manually or with a pulley system.

When choosing the ladder length, make sure to select the length that is longer than the highest part of the place that you need reach. An Extension ladder is available in cumulative lengths. Available lengths are: 4 feet, 16 feet, 20 feet and 24 feet. A 24-foot ladder is usually divided into 12-foot sections. But a 24-feet ladder doesn’t exactly measure 24-feet because it is divided into two 12-foot sections that overlap, for extra strength when fully extended.

To find the right length, keep in mind that you cannot stand on the topmost of the ladder. It is recommended that a person must stand at least two steps from the top and the average person must reach four feet.

An Extension ladder is ideal for outside work on buildings, homes, trees and other long-reaching places. Extension ladders provide convenience for it can be folded to transport or store in places like a garage or basement. Extension ladders are also used for cleaning gutters, making tree houses, painting walls, washing windows, and so much more. Extension ladders are also practical for it gives you multiple lengths in just one ladder. So instead of opting for a limited height ladder, extension ladders are the most efficient option. The ladder can be used for any height below it. All you have to do is adjust the length and viola! You’re good to go.

Safety tips:

  • As suggested by the manufacturer of the ladder, never stand above the ‘highest standing level of safety’ (i.e. above top two rungs)
  • Do not overreach. The center of your body’s torso must not go beyond the either side rail of the ladder
  • When working, maintain at least three points of contact
  • When moving either up or down, always remember to face the ladder
  • Always use a cleaner tool belt or a certain belt that is made to carry tools to maintain safety
  • Wear the appropriate footwear that has non-slip soles
  • The erected ladder must not be left unattended

Amongst the individuals who uses ladders are painters, construction workers and general contractors. The fire engine is equipped with a large ladder with a motor-operated extender. Painters like using extension ladders because they can be easily adjusted for indoor wall painting to outdoor house painting.

When working on any project that requires extended reach that a typical ladder cannot achieve, an extension ladder for sure is the best choice.