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Josey
 
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Default Ladder standoff, wheels or no wheels?

I have some painting to do, render, barge boards and windows. I already have
an alu ladder.

I could do with a standoff, and one with a V notch because for some of the
work I will only be able to place the ladder against a corner.

This caught my eye http://laddersareus.co.uk/access.htm#laddstand
(LADDSTAND)

But I'm not so sure about having one with wheels on it - sure it'll make it
easier to put the ladder up, but will it be as stable and safe - anyone got
a ladder standoff with or without wheel care to comment?

Thanks.

Jc.

NB. I'm not connected to the website in any way.




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On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 15:13:46 +0100, "Josey"
wrote:

I have some painting to do, render, barge boards and windows. I already have
an alu ladder.

I could do with a standoff, and one with a V notch because for some of the
work I will only be able to place the ladder against a corner.

This caught my eye http://laddersareus.co.uk/access.htm#laddstand
(LADDSTAND)

But I'm not so sure about having one with wheels on it - sure it'll make it
easier to put the ladder up, but will it be as stable and safe - anyone got
a ladder standoff with or without wheel care to comment?

Thanks.

Jc.

NB. I'm not connected to the website in any way.



"Wheels assist in running up the wall and stop sideways slip"

add "but greatly assist ladder slippage down the wall, and a certain
hospital visit"
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On Wed, 01 Sep 2004 15:00:13 GMT, EricP
wrote:

On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 15:13:46 +0100, "Josey"
wrote:

I have some painting to do, render, barge boards and windows. I already have
an alu ladder.

I could do with a standoff, and one with a V notch because for some of the
work I will only be able to place the ladder against a corner.

This caught my eye http://laddersareus.co.uk/access.htm#laddstand
(LADDSTAND)

But I'm not so sure about having one with wheels on it - sure it'll make it
easier to put the ladder up, but will it be as stable and safe - anyone got
a ladder standoff with or without wheel care to comment?

Thanks.

Jc.

NB. I'm not connected to the website in any way.



"Wheels assist in running up the wall and stop sideways slip"

add "but greatly assist ladder slippage down the wall, and a certain
hospital visit"


If it's the only one you've seen with the V notch and you need that
feature then why not remove the wheels?

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"Tam" wrote in message

If it's the only one you've seen with the V notch and you need that
feature then why not remove the wheels?


Yeah, that's the issue really. Havn't found any with the V notch that don't
have wheels.

I guess I could remove them and glue some rubber or something to the bits
that sit on the wall.

Jc.


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"Josey" wrote in message
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"Tam" wrote in message

If it's the only one you've seen with the V notch and you need that
feature then why not remove the wheels?


Yeah, that's the issue really. Havn't found any with the V notch that
don't have wheels.

I guess I could remove them and glue some rubber or something to the bits
that sit on the wall.


Or add a bolt so that the wheels are locked when you want.
The only time I have wanted wheels at the top has been sideways wheels so
that I can slide the ladder to right or left, never up the wall, though I
can see vertical wheels could be useful with an extending ladder (especially
one man operated), you could lean it against the wall, then push (or pull
the rope) while the ladder rolls up the wall .

mrcheerful




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EricP wrote:

On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 15:13:46 +0100, "Josey"
wrote:


I have some painting to do, render, barge boards and windows. I already have
an alu ladder.

I could do with a standoff, and one with a V notch because for some of the
work I will only be able to place the ladder against a corner.

This caught my eye http://laddersareus.co.uk/access.htm#laddstand
(LADDSTAND)

But I'm not so sure about having one with wheels on it - sure it'll make it
easier to put the ladder up, but will it be as stable and safe - anyone got
a ladder standoff with or without wheel care to comment?

Thanks.

Jc.

NB. I'm not connected to the website in any way.




"Wheels assist in running up the wall and stop sideways slip"

add "but greatly assist ladder slippage down the wall, and a certain
hospital visit"



Untrue, but add it anyway.

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My two wheels worth:

I have a two section aluminium ladder that is not rope operated but is
too long to extend without bouncing it up the wall - to give you an idea
of its length it will comfortably reach the ridge of a bay window in a
Victorian end of terrace. This particular house was pebble dashed
which made the bounce and push technique inadvisable so I fitted a pair
of wheels, er 'borrowed', from a supermarket trolley. Absolutely
brilliant and wouldn't be without them. The ladder has never shown any
greater tendency to slip sideways with the wheels than without, in fact
the rubber treads may even grip the walls better.


Richard


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"Josey" wrote in message
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I have some painting to do, render, barge boards and windows. I already have
an alu ladder.

I could do with a standoff, and one with a V notch because for some of the
work I will only be able to place the ladder against a corner.

This caught my eye http://laddersareus.co.uk/access.htm#laddstand
(LADDSTAND)

But I'm not so sure about having one with wheels on it - sure it'll make it
easier to put the ladder up, but will it be as stable and safe - anyone got
a ladder standoff with or without wheel care to comment?

Thanks.

Jc.

NB. I'm not connected to the website in any way.

Check out the 'Ladder Mate', available on that site end elsewhere. I never use
my ladder without it; it's a real confidence booster with or without a standoff.
I bought mine direct from the manufacturer http://www.safetyfirsteurope.co.uk/
several years ago, although their site seems to suggest that now you can buy
only via their distributors.

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EricP wrote:


add "but greatly assist ladder slippage down the wall, and a certain
hospital visit"


I would not have thought you get much gripping power from the top of the
ladder anyway. Most of the weight is over the bottom feet, so they are
doing the bulk of the work in preventing slippage.

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"mrcheerful ." wrote in message
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The only time I have wanted wheels at the top has been sideways wheels so
that I can slide the ladder to right or left, [snip]


I fitted wheels to my ladder and found them a useful addition, but IMO the last
thing you want is sideways wheels as there would be a very great danger of the
ladder crashing to the ground sideways when even the slightest sideways force
is applied to the job.

Roger






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EricP wrote in message . ..
On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 15:13:46 +0100, "Josey"
wrote:

I have some painting to do, render, barge boards and windows. I already have
an alu ladder.

I could do with a standoff, and one with a V notch because for some of the
work I will only be able to place the ladder against a corner.

This caught my eye http://laddersareus.co.uk/access.htm#laddstand
(LADDSTAND)

But I'm not so sure about having one with wheels on it - sure it'll make it
easier to put the ladder up, but will it be as stable and safe - anyone got
a ladder standoff with or without wheel care to comment?

Thanks.

Jc.

NB. I'm not connected to the website in any way.



"Wheels assist in running up the wall and stop sideways slip"

add "but greatly assist ladder slippage down the wall, and a certain
hospital visit"


If the bottom of the ladder is secure then it can't slip down the
wall, wheels or not.

Wheels make it a lot easier than trying to manoeuvre a ladder with the
extra weight of the standoff at one end.

MBQ
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