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    When should i replace my ladder?

    I was going to a roof top today and got to looking at my ladder, got me to thinking at my age and weight i could be in danger. When should i replace my extension ladder. I know it is at least 6 years old and knowing my old employer its alot older. any thoughts

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    At LEAST 24 hours before it breaks and you fall off.

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    Any damage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebigdad View Post
    I was going to a roof top today and got to looking at my ladder, got me to thinking at my age and weight i could be in danger. When should i replace my extension ladder. I know it is at least 6 years old and knowing my old employer its alot older. any thoughts
    Look up ladder inspection guidlines, probably found on the OSHA site. Generally look for cracks, worn hinges, worn feet, worn hooks, worn anything, delamination of the fiberglass, etc.

    ...Ron
    Roof Rat

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    When the fiberglass fibers start coming apart.
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    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

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    Liberalism-Ideas so good they mandate them

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    A fiberglass ladder that spends 6 years baking in the sun and freezing in the cold and loaded and offloaded hundreds of times has to be showing its age. I like to replace them once the fibers start breaking loose of the gel coat. By then the fibers usually start finding their way into hands.

    If the ladder sides crack or a step breaks it gets cut up into short pieces and placed in the trash. If you don't render them unusable someone will dig that dangerous ladder out of the garbage and use it.

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    Which is why mine is aluminum ..... and ALOT lighter

    Only think i dont like about alum , it sways more , but you get used to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
    Which is why mine is aluminum ..... and ALOT lighter

    Only think i dont like about alum , it sways more , but you get used to it
    That and the fact it's a good conductor of electricity
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    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

    I know enough to know, I don't know enough
    Liberalism-Ideas so good they mandate them

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    Do they make copper or gold ladders?

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    I thought aluminum ladders were illegal, maybe not though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    I thought aluminum ladders were illegal, maybe not though
    Our shop has a 32' and a 36' aluminum ladder. The fiberglass ones get too heavy when they're over 26'
    Officially, Down for the count

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    I prefer aluminum ladders. They are lighter yet strong and I don't get those fiberglass splinters in my hands, which can cause nasty infections. Just buy one with the appropriate duty rating--at least 1A.

    As for the electrocution hazard, you can get electrocuted on a fiberglass ladder. I prefer being VERY cognizant of where all power lines are and keep further than the fall radius of my ladder away. Never heard of aluminum being 'illegal'--according to whom? Note that most fire depts use ultra HD aluminum ground ladders.

    Replace your halyards annually before they rot away. Use ladder leveler feet and standoffs such as http://shop.gutterworks.com/Open-Run-stand-offs.html

    BTW, the people climbing on the ladder conduct electricity, too.

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    I don't know about the "legality" of aluminum ladders but the easiest way to get booted off a commercial construction site around here is to take one off your truck and try to use it.
    Same thing with a Little Giant.
    If you can't fix it with JB Weld, Duct Tape, and Ty Wire it has to be replaced.
    No good deed goes unpunished.
    If you want to take off friday to go fishing then make sure you train your helper right.

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