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Old 06-08-2013, 05:12 PM  
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Father's day coming up ... ladder

forgot all about it, it's next sunday


Dad needs a new ladder and was thinking about getting one of those multiple purpose ones.

They bend and form a platform ladder,step etc

little giant ladder etc


anyone have experience with those?
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:50 AM   #16
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he might not use it much if it's too heavy to lug around
Yeah, that is the drawback, mine is pretty damn heavy. But heavy=safe & sturdy. I'm pretty sure I've heard that the newer generation of them are lighter.

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Probably the most dangerous thing in my house. Inherited from Gramps, the company went out of business due to personal injury suits following joint failure. Only use it in positions where the joint is in compression [ie, not prone to failure as it is fulled extended in the compressed position]. 90% of time fully extended to get on roof for gutter maintenance. If used as a scaffold, always use with hardwood platform traversing the flat portion so no pressure on center joint.
Umm...I don't think you're talking about the same thing.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #17
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Yeah, that is the drawback, mine is pretty damn heavy. But heavy=safe & sturdy. I'm pretty sure I've heard that the newer generation of them are lighter.


Umm...I don't think you're talking about the same thing.
It's not a Baby Giant, but it's the same 4 section 3 double joint configuration, just a different manufacturer and older design.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:05 AM   #18
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It's not a Baby Giant, but it's the same 4 section 3 double joint configuration, just a different manufacturer and older design.
Mine only has one "hinge" point at the middle. Other than that both ends telescope out to increase length. I do not have a double or triple hinge ladder.

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Old 06-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #19
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Mine only has one "hinge" point at the middle. Other than that both ends telescope out to increase length. I do not have a double or triple hinge ladder.

Mine looks like the one in Hamas' video, only it doesn't even flare at the ends.

And FTR, I wasn't commenting on what someone might buy today. You can't even find mine anywhere anymore, outside my basement.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:20 AM   #20
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #21
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Mine only has one "hinge" point at the middle. Other than that both ends telescope out to increase length. I do not have a double or triple hinge ladder.

That's the way mine works as well.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:59 PM   #22
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It's not a Baby Giant, but it's the same 4 section 3 double joint configuration, just a different manufacturer and older design.
You're talking about one of these, and yes, they are an unsafe, worthless POS.


Not the same thing as a Little Giant at all.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:06 PM   #23
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Yeah, that is the drawback, mine is pretty damn heavy. But heavy=safe & sturdy. I'm pretty sure I've heard that the newer generation of them are lighter.


Umm...I don't think you're talking about the same thing.
right now he's using a 30 year old ladder that is missing one foot because he hit it with the lawn mower.

rather not have him crack his skull cleaning the gutters because he's 'stacking pieces of wood' under a missing ladder foot to keep it level.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #24
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lg is a great ladder, but it's a finger-pinching sonofabitch.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #25
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right now he's using a 30 year old ladder that is missing one foot because he hit it with the lawn mower.

rather not have him crack his skull cleaning the gutters because he's 'stacking pieces of wood' under a missing ladder foot to keep it level.
If he can do what he needs to do with an extension ladder then as others have mentioned that may be the way to go. The Little Giant is versatile but I don't really like using it fully extended to climb up on a roof. It works the best as an adjustable stepladder.

As far as extension ladders go, Louisville and Werner are the brands you want to look for.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #26
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Mine only has one "hinge" point at the middle. Other than that both ends telescope out to increase length. I do not have a double or triple hinge ladder.

I have this exact ladder (17') and love it. Bought it at ACE on Black Friday about five years ago. I think it was $75.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #27
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You're talking about one of these, and yes, they are an unsafe, worthless POS.
I could have taken that very picture. POS, sure, but free and I'm fully informed on it's precariousness. I triple check those joints and tread like a squirrel traversing the tree over the pit bull kennel run. Even if I had a traditional extension ladder, I'd have to buy a shed to go with it as the entrances are too tight and the basement too small to accommodate one.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:58 PM   #28
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:17 PM   #29
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I have one and they are the shit. Kind of heavy, but worth it because it's useful for a bunch of projects. Painting/working in a stairway makes the job easy with these ladders. You can also find the knockoff brand and save some money and they are just as good.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:33 PM   #30
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right now he's using a 30 year old ladder that is missing one foot because he hit it with the lawn mower.

rather not have him crack his skull cleaning the gutters because he's 'stacking pieces of wood' under a missing ladder foot to keep it level.

So I guess I'm not the only one doing that. I keep meaning to replace it.
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