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  1. #14
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    Originally posted by lusker
    Since I am too vain to read a ladder website...

    Anyone know how to keep an old yellow fiberglass ladder from sheading fiberglass into your body?

    Any special treatments?

    I have one that is around 13 years old... great ladder, but everytime your arm or leg bumps it you get fiberglass in you.

    thanks
    I know you hate to get rid of it. But do what I did, run over it with the van. When I bought a new one I also bout a aluminum one that went up 16 feet and I use that one more than the fiberglass one and it is a lot less weight .

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    Originally posted by condenseddave
    Originally posted by NedFlanders
    wrap it in duct tape
    LMFAO. And set it in the sun....
    Yea , the sun will make it flow.
    The you can peel the tape off and there will me a nice new "safety" coating on it.

    I bet your tools will even stick to the sides then.

    If we all put our heads together , we are a very powerful bunch.

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    almost anything you coated it with would be non conductive. What constitutes conductivity is something which provides a path to ground, electrically.

    anything applied with a paint brush or sprayed on would probably NOT conduct electricity.

    Originally, the outer coating was fiberglass resin. Why not just buy some resin and re-apply it over the channels of your ladder?

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    In use to worry about conductivity with ladders until I realized the several times a year I got hooked up and shocked good, I was not on a ladder. Then I thought about how many times I had done electrical work right off of a extension ladder an that came out to be a whopping zero times. That was when I bought a medium height lite weight aluminum extension ladder and I love it.

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    James... our average guy, including me, is 210# + without tools. We have all red fiberglass now... it is just the yellow one that has been around so long. Darn good ladder still.

    Maybe I can coat it again, but I really like the car wax idea.


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    Originally posted by lusker
    James... our average guy, including me, is 210# + without tools. We have all red fiberglass now... it is just the yellow one that has been around so long. Darn good ladder still.

    Maybe I can coat it again, but I really like the car wax idea.

    Get a 55 gallon drum of this and dip the ladder


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    Originally posted by NedFlanders
    Originally posted by condenseddave
    Originally posted by NedFlanders
    wrap it in duct tape
    LMFAO. And set it in the sun....
    Yea , the sun will make it flow.
    The you can peel the tape off and there will me a nice new "safety" coating on it.

    I bet your tools will even stick to the sides then.

    If we all put our heads together , we are a very powerful bunch.

    Don't forget to use Armaflex glue or it will not work.

    If common sense is so common how come so few of us have it!

  9. #22
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    Go see the "paint guy" at your fav. auto parts dealer. Get some fiberglass resin, take it apart, and re-seal the fibers in your ladder like they were when it was new. Easy easy. You put wax on that thing, the fibers will still be there but resin will never stick. You'll ruin it.
    My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
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    Originally posted by lusker
    Since I am too vain to read a ladder website...

    Anyone know how to keep an old yellow fiberglass ladder from sheading fiberglass into your body?

    Any special treatments?

    I have one that is around 13 years old... great ladder, but everytime your arm or leg bumps it you get fiberglass in you.

    thanks
    Could be an old wives tale, but I have heard that the UV damages fiberglass ladders that are left outdoors.

    The fibers that are coming off means it is possible that the ladder is unsafe to use. The UV damage could be deeper than just the surface. Composites do not fail slowly, they fail catastrophically, often without warning. Fibers being released is proof that the outer resin coating has failed.

    I do know that any type of concealing treatment, such as paint or tape on a ladder, violates OSHA regulations. The paint/tape hides damage. Your ladder, your fines.

    If it was me, I would destroy it and buy a nice new US made one. Lot cheaper than going down the hard way.
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    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

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    Lusker.........don't be a cheap SOB

    Before that relic mames or kills somebody cut it up......or give it to your brother-in-law

    You can get a brand new one for around a hundred bucks or so.

    http://www.wernerladder.com/catalog/...?series_id=128

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    I could have sworn I read on this site (a year or more ago) about someone who had thier ladders re-coated every few years. This wasn't really a fix for a bad ladder, but more of a maintenence thing to keep this from happening.

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    Most major malls have a "LadRestorer"

    Right between the "Leftorium" and the "Scotch Tape Boutique"
    My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
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