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Old 06-16-2020, 02:23 PM
 
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I need to find one so I can get on my single-story roof easily to clean the skylights, and I'm shocked at the prices. I expected to find one for about $100, and it's stunning that they're more like $250! Why?

Anyone have a suggestion for one closer to my price point?

(Because I expect someone will suggest it, I already bought a flow-though extension pole and brush, but I find it's not really up to the task, and I'll use it to wash the house exterior instead.)
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Rent one.
"A"frame, 4leg, ladders of this height are not all that stable on dirt. You would be better off with a 2 legged, leaned ladder that is tied down.
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:34 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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What about those?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Werner-18ft...13B/1002887844

https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garde...67/subcat.html

https://www.farmandfleet.com/product...ep-ladder.html

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Werner-1...-13B/207043380

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Louisvill...8-08/256585757

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Old 06-16-2020, 02:57 PM
 
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least prime...i want to own it to have it available as the skylights get messy often enough. And the ladder will be on cement, so it'll be stable. I've got one of those gorilla ladders, and frankly, I just can't wrangle it myself anymore, so I'm giving it to my son. I've also got a 6 ft fiberglass that's easy for me to deal with, but it's just not tall enough. I used it once to get up there, but I shouldn't have.

elnina:

well, I've been to those...lowe's is an extensions ladder...so it leans against the gutters
overstock is the same...extension ladder
the farm n fleet linked to the 8ft ladder...clicking on the 12 ft - $188 (which might be the cheapest I've seen, but still.)
the home depot is the same again as the other extension ladders...the pic shows them as a-frame, but they fold out and have to lean against the gutters in one line, rather than the typical A.
the walmart ladder is 8 ft.

Really, it's a pita.


I might bite on the farm n fleet...it is fiberglass...and on clearance, so thanks for that.


Edited to add: I won't buy from farm n fleet....their shipping is $182 ????!!!!

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Old 06-16-2020, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Craigslist and pawn shops-


I remember when there was a difference between "step ladder" and "A-frame ladder"; guess that's the colloquialism now-a-days!
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:40 PM
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Oooops to the shipping. Missed that...
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Old 06-16-2020, 03:46 PM
 
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They are expensive for 2 reasons, Insurance & Lawyers ❗️
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Old 06-16-2020, 06:36 PM
 
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A 12 ft. step ladder is a really dangerous way to get on and off a roof. They are not intended or safe to be used like that. Get a small extension ladder with the money you save by not going to the emergency room (or worse).

I would never buy a used ladder from some random guy on CL unless you know how to determine if it' safe to use. Please don't screw around with ladder safety. In construction, falls are the single biggest cause of injury and death.
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:13 PM
 
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I have a number of ladders, however I would suggest one of the folding ladders that works as an extension ladder or as a step ladder. Mine is a Werner, and as a step ladder it's 9' tall. As an extension ladder, it's approaching 18' tall. The bottom and top of the ladder is very wide, and it's very stable--as far as ladders go.

But always be careful. I was coming down my 28' extension ladder 11 years ago after cleaning gutters and I didn't have enough weight on the nose. At 13' the ladder went sideways, and I had to bail off onto an incline. I was in bed 7 weeks with two broken legs. I now am extremely careful on ladders and have essentially been grounded from higher than 8'.
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:36 PM
 
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We have a place called : "restore" for folks interested in buying low cost items. Usually its stuff from contractors left overs ...or removed from sites they are rehabbing. Its an amazing concept and seems to work in our area. Someone didnt like their sink....another person gets it at anywhere from 50 to 70 % off!
I got a ladder and some yard tools from there that were in great shape ! There isn't a thing in that store that isn't useful for some remodeler or person needing that specialty tool and doesn't want to spend alot.
Someone even had a marble counter top that just didn't fit their decor. It was $290!!! Granted you had to get someone to install it /haul it to your place. But man it was a beauty! All items are donated for tax write offs I'm sure. Now that I think about it, habitat for humanity is a big endorser of this place.
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