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    Extension Ladder

    I am looking at purchasing an extension ladder for my service truck. Its been a long time since I have needed one so I'm not sure what size to get to cover most applications. Do I need to go with a 28' or will a 24' cover most everything? I will primarily be doing commercial rooftop buildings.

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    I found a Heavy Duty 32' would do every thing I was willing to climb. I guess that is the point. What are you secure with. Make sure you understand ladders. They have weight limits for each class. Heavy Duty will take up to 260 lbs. man weight. Most light duty ladders should never be sold.
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    We always carried 32' ladders, and a 40' in the shop, but I would guess a 28' would do most. The codes are different today in that access to roofs are included in building plans here, so again I would say the 28' a good idea- but look around at what you'll be doing and see if it fits your line of work.
    A 17' ladder I have is the most used now to access the drop ext wall ladder. In fact I do little commercial work except the occasional Wally- Mart and Truck stop and they all have hatches.



    This is the only one I did for 16 years and when they sold the apartments, I let it go, since getting on the roof was getting dangerous at my age. You should have seen the bow on that ladder carrying the torch or compressors up. I tied the ladder to the tailgate of the Tommy Lift.
    They paid very well though.




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    fiberglass type 1aa for 300lbs. now mind you thats 300 when its fully extended, ive i have to fully extend any ladder, its time to go up a step or too.

    i dont like alum. i just cause imma big guy 6'4 300lbs i want something pretty solid, i dont mind the extra weight when i have to set it up. 28' should be fine, but id carry a 32'

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    Quote Originally Posted by walterc View Post
    dont think trane would approve of that pic

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    28' is the best choice

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    I am thinking on going with the 28' to try and cover most applications. My shop will be out of the way to be going back too often to get a larger ladder but I need something that will be manageable on a daily basis.

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    I carry a 32' with the 375 lb rating. Gets me to every roof and it is nice and strong.


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    My 28' has gotten me onto every roof i've tried in the last 6 years i've had it. My co-worker used a Werner 300 lb, I bought the 250lb capacity. It's a lot lighter than the 300, especially when carrying it a distance around a building, but feels sturdy enough when I climb it loaded with tools. I weight 155lbs, so i'm never exceeding the weight limit.

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    We carry 28' ladders on all our trucks. There is an occasional roof they do not reach then we get the 32 or 40' ladder. I struggle with the bigger ones because I am height challenged and my arms miss the balance point of the ladder. Hey Walterc, I hope the safety guy from trane does not see this post. That ladder is about 3' short.
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    i carry the 28 ft. werner with the adjustable legs for un even ground.
    all my ladders are the heavy duty ones as i dont like the ladder bouncing as im climbing up or down. all extension ladders have the adjustable legs
    & step ladders get scrapped if they start getting wobbly. ive had a "few"
    broken bones over the years from using ladders that should have been retired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnsrose View Post
    We carry 28' ladders on all our trucks. There is an occasional roof they do not reach then we get the 32 or 40' ladder. I struggle with the bigger ones because I am height challenged and my arms miss the balance point of the ladder. Hey Walterc, I hope the safety guy from trane does not see this post. That ladder is about 3' short.
    Did you notice the feet are in the Bed of the truck
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    i found out my new job gives up 24 foot 300lb ladders, how can i tell them i want a 28 foot 375lb one..
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    Cool

    Your ladder must be suitable for the type of work you're doing. If you weigh 250lbs, you must use a type 1A 300lb ladder or better. Note the higher the rating the heavier and therefore the tougher to handle. I use a 1A 32' which gets me up on 2nd story roofs and most chimneys. I carry a type 1 40footer I can barely man handle by myself but I don't carry heavy loads on it.

    The ladder tips must extend 3ft above the point of contact with the roof. The ladder in the pic is very dangerously set up because it defeats the weight rating of the ladder. The ladder in the pic is being used almost as a truss, which has a far different requirement. You should set your ladders at a 75 degree angle or one foot out for every 4ft up measured plumb from the point of contact--not the building. One trick is with your feet at the ladder shoes and your arms straight out at 90 degrees holding a rung, you have the perfect angle. Works regardless of body size.

    I use aluminum ladders because I think they are safer than fiberglass. You heard me. I've seen too many guys think fiberglass ladders are bullet proof and they aren't. You can get shocked on dirty fiberglass ladders but why put yourself so close to power lines? I force myself to keep my ladders far enough away from power lines they could not fall and strike power lines. I also use standoffs, tie offs and sometimes spikes at the base. Get some steel spikes such as used on concrete curb forms.

    inspect your ladders frequently and replace the halyards at least annually and wash the ladders annually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pascone10 View Post
    Did you notice the feet are in the Bed of the truck
    No, I missed that. That's some funny ****. Makes it safer.LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnsrose View Post
    No, I missed that. That's some funny ****. Makes it safer.LOL


    Looks bad, but I lowered the tommy lift to give me a 1.5" ledge the feet rest against so they can't slip, then tie it off.

    The roof is recessed 3 feet, so when you traverse the top, you have to swing yourself over one side and drop down. Getting down meant to swing yourself from one side over to the ladder.

    Very few would do this- I'm one of those idiots.

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    I've been using a medium duty 24 ft ladder for many years. For the all the customers I have it has worked well. I'll turn down a job that requires a 30 footer...even if they provide one for me. At my age, it's not worth it.

    I have one customer with a Mansard roof similar to the one in walterc's pic. Back in 2004 after I fell from a ladder on a job and broke my back I told them I wouldn't service their roof equipment any more because it was too dangerous to do the acrobatics necessary to get up and over their roof. It also required an unsafe ladder angle. (I used to foot the ladder with a palm tree.)

    A short time later they had this access ladder installed...just for me.


    With 19 package A/C's and a bunch of refrigeration for their restaurant, I'm sure glad they did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemeister View Post
    I've been using a medium duty 24 ft ladder for many years. For the all the customers I have it has worked well. I'll turn down a job that requires a 30 footer...even if they provide one for me. At my age, it's not worth it.

    I have one customer with a Mansard roof similar to the one in walterc's pic. Back in 2004 after I fell from a ladder on a job and broke my back I told them I wouldn't service their roof equipment any more because it was too dangerous to do the acrobatics necessary to get up and over their roof. It also required an unsafe ladder angle. (I used to foot the ladder with a palm tree.)

    A short time later they had this access ladder installed...just for me.


    With 19 package A/C's and a bunch of refrigeration for their restaurant, I'm sure glad they did.


    And right next to your Palm tree- they must like you.

    I'll no longer get on a roof the way the apts were. I've been on other calls with a roof like that and refused it.

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    You can choose something suitable in this review.

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    I've found that a 24' is perfect for me. I haven't owned a longer one for 20 years. Until lately when I found a 32' deal I couldn't refuse. It'stays at home unless I need it that day. Why carry all that weight around? You really need to decide what type of work you do the most of.

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