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#4724788 - 04/12/18 02:20 PM Buying a Ladder...
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
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Hey all, I got my house a few years ago. I am finally at the need of a decent all around ladder. Not to go on my roof, but need to clean my AC filters and check into a window water leak. Eventually it will be handy to have for other things I'm sure as well. Now, typically I wont be bringing many tools with me up on the ladder, but i weigh about 335 pounds and im 6ft6. I need a durable ladder. I realize a 1A rated ladder is meant for 300 pounds, so I was looking at 1AA ladders (rated to 375 pounds). I was looking into getting a fiberglass ladder with a 1A rating due to fact its hard to find 1AA ladders. Would this be sufficient for my weight for occasional use? Obviously I realize 1AA would be ideal for my weight but curious on any advice for buying a ladder. Thanks in advance.
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#4724801 - 04/12/18 02:32 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
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I would not skimp on ratings. The weight the ladder is for is probably a static weight. Humans are not static. I would look for something rated well beyond your weight.
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#4724813 - 04/12/18 02:43 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
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Registered: 09/26/17
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Your on the right track to know you should be using a 1AA Ladder.

Home Depot may not have a 1AA ladder in stock, but you can order it online.

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Edited by MasterSolenoid (04/12/18 02:44 PM)

#4724815 - 04/12/18 02:44 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
IndyIan Offline

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 8897
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Probably you would be fine with the 300lb rated one... It will be well made, but falling even from 4' up can bust up your legs or back so that a couple hundred for a ladder seems like cheap insurance.
Any places rent 1AA ladders? Probably Home Hardware could order you a 1AA as well.

Another option is scaffolding, either buying or renting. I was going to rent some but then found a bunch used and its very handy to have around and much nicer than working off a ladder.
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#4724816 - 04/12/18 02:44 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
Leo99 Offline

Registered: 03/30/14
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Loc: NJ
Lose 35 pounds and don't jump around on the ladder.

Edited by Leo99 (04/12/18 02:45 PM)
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#4724826 - 04/12/18 02:53 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
thooks Offline

Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 796
Loc: Senoia, GA
You will be fine on the 300lb rated ladder.

I'm not sure about ladders, but deer-hunting tree stands are rated for 1/3 of their capacity for legal reasons. I'm pretty sure ladders are, too.

You're not going to use it in an OSHA-regulated industrial plant. Keep it out of the sun and it will last your lifetime.

#4724867 - 04/12/18 03:43 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
Johnny2Bad Offline

Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1631
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Fibreglass is excellent, maximum safety (skidding, electrical, impact) vs aluminum, but they are heavier. Some people don't want to lug them around. If you don't expect to leave your property, a great choice though.

I'd Go AA as a minimum, most people are a little on the heavy side. If you weigh more than the rating, it's not so much the ladder is going to snap in two, it's more the steps might break. With aluminum they *will* bend at some point greater than 100% rating.

I have both, extension ladders are Al, but stepladders under about 10' are fibreglass. Not too heavy.

If you're going to look at extension ladders to reach the roof of your house, buy the Ladder Stabilizer to go with it ... keeps you from smashing your gutters. They're cheap and work well.

As far as Deer Stands go, from experience, they can be treacherous, and we've rejected more than a few. More importantly, ladder injuries and deer stand injuries are both pretty high on the hospitalization list (although I suppose fewer people fall asleep on ladders). So don't compromise.
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#4724885 - 04/12/18 04:08 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
JC1 Offline

Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I have two ladders, one like the little giant (Cosco) which can extend to around 18 ft and a larger extension ladder to get into the roof of a two story house.

I would check your local Craiglist or Kijiji for deals.
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#4724922 - 04/12/18 05:04 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
bubbatime Offline

Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5456
Loc: South Florida
The 300lb ladder will be fine. I weigh a smidgen less than you and I use a 225lb rated ladder every month to change the A.C. filter, plus smoke alarm batteries and burned out bulbs, etc. I do plan of upgrading my ladder when I can.

Edit- good reminder. I just ordered a new ladder.
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#4724935 - 04/12/18 05:21 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
bullwinkle Offline

Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7472
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
My 32' 1AA Green Bull fiberglass one is a beast-it's rough for me to haul around by myself, but I had a 28' 1A fiberglass Werner, it was scary when it was fully extended. The 1AA barely flexes at all. I'm 6'4" 295, BTW.
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#4724936 - 04/12/18 05:23 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
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Registered: 10/09/04
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Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Also, it depends on length-my 6 foot fiberglass stepladder is only rated 225/II, and it's fine. The longer they get, the stronger/higher weight rating you need.
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#4724947 - 04/12/18 05:29 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29388
Loc: NY
Buy a ladder rated to handle your weight, and not a pound under it. I wouldn't skimp, especially if you're a big heavy person. One bad fall can change your life forever, or end it. 1AA
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#4724960 - 04/12/18 05:59 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
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I would hire the job done and stay off the ladder.
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#4724967 - 04/12/18 06:05 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20241
Loc: Upstate NY
I would go for the properly rated ladder.

Also how high a ladder? I have a 36' ladder and fully extended it bounces more than I would like.

The better rated ladders will be heavier. Only an issue when you get to the longer extension ladders.
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#4725035 - 04/12/18 07:30 PM Re: Buying a Ladder... [Re: Rolla07]
Rand Offline

Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12485
Loc: NE,Ohio
I had a 250lb rated werner stepladder fail on me. Broke my arm cost me over $15000

At the time I weighed <200#

Home depot has the 22ft multi position ladder for 99$ in IAA
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