Climbing a ladder

Unless you have a fear of heights, there's no reason to be afraid of using a ladder. A ladder isn't dangerous as long as it's in good condition and you use it safely.

Here's what you can do to minimise risk when using a ladder...

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Platform step ladder with 7 treads

Self-supporting step ladders are generally safe and easy to use, but there are certain precautions you should take to minimise your risk of falling and injuring yourself.

For example, it may not be safe to stand on your step ladder's topmost treads. The exact rules depend on what sort of ladder you're using - read on for details.

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Here's something you may notice when shopping for extension ladders on our website: different ladders have different-shaped rungs. Some rungs are round, some are square, and some are shaped like a letter 'D', with a flat top and a curved underside.

But does any of this matter? Can certain rung types only be used in specific situations? What difference does it make whether a ladder has round or square rungs?

Those are the questions we're going to answer today. Let's take a closer look at those three different rung shapes...

 

Ladder with square rungs

Square rungs

Square rungs have four corners and four flat sides. This is a fairly common rung type; however, many users find square rungs uncomfortable, especially when they're positioned so that one must stand on one of the corner edges while working.

PRODUCT PICTURED: Hailo Double Section Combination Ladder

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Ladder 1 in 4 rule

The '1 in 4' rule (also known as the '4 to 1' rule) is a simple piece of guidance that you should always follow when you use a leaning ladder.

Here's the rule:

For every 4 feet of height, position the base of the ladder 1 foot away from the wall.

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Best all-purpose ladder

Ladders come in all sorts of sizes and configurations - just take a look at the many different kinds we sell here at Ladders UK Direct. We've got step ladders, extension ladders, combination ladders, roof ladders...the list goes on, and if you're not quite sure what type of ladder you need, all those different options may be a little overwhelming.

But perhaps you don't really have any specific requirements. Perhaps you just want a sturdy, all-purpose ladder that you can keep in the shed and use for any odd jobs that happen to come up.

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Ladders under £100

If you need a ladder and you're on a tight budget, you've come to the right place! We've got loads of great-value ladders available here at Ladders UK Direct, and we offer FREE DELIVERY on all orders.

Here are some of the products you can get for less than £100...

NOTE: All prices include VAT and are correct at time of writing. These ladders come in a variety of different sizes - the stated price refers to the smallest available size.

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We sell a wide variety of ladders here at Ladders UK Direct. As you browse our website, you may notice that a lot of our extension ladders come with a stabiliser bar included as standard.

A stabiliser bar is a horizontal bar that widens the base of the ladder to keep it from slipping. Very often, this 'foot' is integrated into the ladder's design, but stabiliser bars are also sold separately (in which case they can be attached or removed as needed).

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Self-supporting step ladder

Step ladders are a type of self-supporting ladder. Unlike, say, an extension ladder - which must be leaned up against a wall or another surface that's sturdy enough to support it - a step ladder can stand up all on its own, without any additional support or stabilisation.

But here's a question that a lot of people ask: can a step ladder be leaned against a wall and used as a straight ladder if the situation demands it? Or should step ladders exclusively be used as self-supporting ladders?

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Double section extension ladder

When you purchase a ladder, it's important to know that your chosen ladder is suitable for the task(s) you have in mind.

If you need a ladder for work, you don't want a product that's only suitable for light DIY jobs around the house; conversely, there's no need to fork out for an industrial-grade ladder if you're only using it to repaint the living room.

But how can you tell which ladders are suitable for which applications?

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Non-conductive ladder

Aluminium ladders are great for all sorts of tasks, but if you're carrying out electrical installations or working near power lines, an aluminium ladder is not a safe choice.

This is because aluminium conducts electricity. When you're working with electricity, you want a non-conductive ladder that will reduce your risk of electrocution.

And that's where our fibreglass step ladders come in. Unlike aluminium, fibreglass is non-conductive, so these ladders are ideal for electricians and anyone else who frequently works near electrical hazards.

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