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So, we had a nice long two piece ladder for a while but now we don’t. Someone nicked it, presumably to break into someone else’s house. Unless you have a van its not the sort of thing crooks should be seen carrying around. It’s the second ladder we have lost this way. It was on old fashioned wooden one that was super sturdy – so time for a new one and down to B&Q. We decided on a Youngman telescopic one so we could fit it into the garage at night on some hangers for safe keeping. Ladders are not something you use many times and so need a home. For me, having the comfort of a ladder is part of the routine when you lose your key and have to get back into the house somehow. I tend to leave a little window ajar in the back of the house and then the latch up on the big one so I can hook it up with some wire and get in that way. You do not want to be calling out a locksmith late at night. They are not cheap and I saved my neighbors a hundred quick helping them break in with my tried and tested method. Maybe someone stole out ladder to break back into their own house?
Apart from external painting and some garden stuff the scariest job we use the ladder for is cleaning the gutters. Men are on this planet to do this job. Women won’t go near it and can blame the men when it goes wrong. We have to press the ladder against the plastic gutter and you just know one day it will snap the chap gutting and not only do you have a whole in the gutter that completely defeats the object of the exercise you have 15ft to fall and decide how your Laurel & Hardy demise will be. When we go around moms it’s the same as she can’t stand the water cascading over the side of the gutter at night as it keeps her awake so we have to clear that one out to. Old women have to have their sleep and that is more important than their son’s potential broken leg, of course, and if you snap the gutter you get a volley for that. Cleaning the gutters is really a job for once a year and no more. You try to tell her it’s normal for heavy rain to spill over the gutter and all the other houses do but she won’t have it.
The Zargis telescopic ladder is quite light and easier to transport. I reckon you could strap it to the roof of your family car roof rack and get away with it for shorter trips and, of course, when you purchase it. B&Q delivered ours with some other stuff for £19.99. They have a whole range of long and step ladders and certainly a decent brand. Its aluminum in design and has three sections for the two slide joints. They lock nicely to be sturdy when erect and minimum bend in the set up. The bounce as you climb up is no more or less that a two piece extender ladder and easy to grip the edges. The bottom has rubber grips, as do all the steps for extra traction. There are locks on the two slide joints to secure the joints if you set it up on the deck or you can extend it up and then lock it on the way up. Its never easy putting up a ladder up to its maximum height and you can easily have another Laurel Hardy moment waving it around.
Its standard industry width and so you can fit one of those space things that help you not to rest ladders on gutters and roof edges at the top. But as well all know they are pretty useless and make the job even scarier. If you do get wobbly legs on a ladder then don’t use one of those things. It’s just another thing that can break and dump you in the rose bushes.
You are looking at about £100 bucks in most retail park DIY chains and that delivery fee on top. Its aluminum and so rust proof (one of the main reasons the compound of aluminum came to be) and stores nicely where you so chose. As its light and strong (the other reasons aluminum came to be) you can pop it up on a couple of hooks and you will hardly notice it. Its pushing 18ft (5.5m) and so will reach most two storey house roofs.
So summing up its does the job for the basic stuff and if you are brave enough tackles the gutters. You can’t use it for three different little ladders though s it doesn’t easily come apart from strength reasons. The only issue is something I wont know for a year or so, that of weather and ware. There are some little metal pins around the locking area that could rust and cause a problem or two down the line, safety wise.
===Features & Benefits===
- Tested and certified to EN 131
- 'Push-up' operation
- High performance box-section alloy stiles
- Slip resistant square rungs
- Unique wrap around top clips
- Interlock clip locks sections together for safe use and transport
- Available in 2 or 3 sections for ultimate range capabilities
- Max static load: 150kg
Height Closed - 2.5m
Height Opened - 5.569m
Sections - 3
Treads - 8
Duty Rating - 110kg
Weight - 13.76kg
- Easy, precise rung-by-rung adjustment / Rung hooks and locking mechanism lock the sections together when in use or closed for storage / transport / Rungs and stiles made from extruded aluminium / Box-section side stiles for extra strength / Non-twist rung joints / 'D' shaped rungs for maximum comfort / Non-slip rubber feet / Standard: BS 2037 Class 1 and EN 131 Number of rungs 3 x 10 Closed length, m 2.98 Extended length, m 6.9 Weight, kg 21.1