Video: How to Choose a Ladder (4 Steps)

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[MUSIC PLAYING] With different styles, sizes, and ratings, choosing the right ladder can mean the difference between a job well done and serious injury. Don't worry-- you got this. First, think about your task and the style of lather that best suits the job. Step ladders use a standard A-frame shape, great for simple painting or changing a light bulb. Extension ladders are designed to lean, providing extended reach for higher tasks. Multitask ladders combine both designs, functioning as a step or extension ladder as needed. These versatile models can adjust legs to different sizes or serve as a workhorse or scaffold with minor additions. Next, think about the height you need to reach. Step ladders typically reach from 4 to 10 feet. Extension ladders reach 20 to 32 feet. And multitask ladders fall between the two. Maximum safe reaching height is roughly 4 feet above the height of the ladder. Next, consider material. Ladders at Canadian Tire are available in aluminum and fiberglass. While aluminum ladders are lighter to carry, fiberglass models add increased durability. Fiberglass is also essential for electrical work due to lower conductivity. Next, consider how much weight will be on the ladder. Ladders are safety rated to handle different durability and weight demands. A ladder designed for heavy construction will have a higher duty rating than a ladder used by a lighter person around the home. Depending on your task, other climbing products may perform better. Steps tools are great for quick kitchen reach assistance. Telescoping ladders can fit in a car trunk or closet if space is limited. Scaffolding and work platforms are best for stable long-term work in high places. For every job, there is a ladder style, size, and safety rating that's just right for you. With that knowledge in your pocket, choosing the right one for your next job just got easier. Don't worry-- you got this.
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