how are extension ladders measured

Are you thinking about buying an extension ladder for an upcoming job? Not really sure what length you need? Well, here in this blog, we'll explain how extension ladders are measured to help you find the perfect length for the task at hand.

Unlike single section ladders, extension ladders are be made up of two or more moveable sections, adding an additional layer of complexity to the calculation. Just because an extension ladder is listed as being 10 metres long, you shouldn't assume that you can reach 10 metres comfortably.

When measuring an extension ladder, it's important that you take the overlap in the middle of the ladder into consideration as well as the safe working height. These aren't the only things to consider, there are all kinds of variables that can make measuring an extension ladder a bit of a difficult task. But don't worry, we're here to help!

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ladder safety harness

When you're working at height, it's always important that you take practical safety precautions to prevent accidental falls and injuries. We've already touched on some of our recommended ladder safety tips in a previous blog, but today, we want to talk about safety harnesses. The official guidelines for the use of harnesses on ladders are somewhat vague, so we've put together this quick blog to give you a better idea of if and when you should wear a harness on a ladder. 

Safety should be your first priority when you're using a ladder of any shape, size or length. A fall from as little as 2 metres can have potentially fatal consequences, so it's important that you (or your employer) considers the risks before you undertake any work at height. Taking the time to put a few simple safety precautions in place can really make a difference if an accident occurs.

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Ladders can be valuable, and as such, they're a somewhat popular target for thieves. It's important to store your ladder securely if you don't want to lose it.

Ladder theft

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Many people store their ladders outdoors, but that's a bad idea for several reasons - not least because it makes your ladder fairly easy to steal.

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Step ladder

We have a huge range of step ladders for sale here at Ladders UK Direct. Whether you need a step ladder for domestic or professional use, we're confident that you'll find what you're looking for on our website.

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If you've never used a step ladder before, you might be wondering if there are any specific safety measures you're supposed to take. To help you keep risk at a minimum, here are eight step ladder do's and don'ts:

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Gutter

SHORT ANSWER: No, it's not safe to lean a ladder against a gutter. Make sure you lean your ladder against a strong resting point that's sturdy enough to support it.

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Parts of a Ladder Infographic

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Feet standing on a chair

If you need to change a light bulb or get something down from a high shelf, you might be tempted to just grab the nearest chair and stand on top of it in order to reach the required height.

But chairs and stools are designed to be sat on, not stood on. Even a sturdy-looking chair may not be stable enough to serve as a safe height access solution.

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Ladder with high weight capacity

Under to the EN131 ladder regulations, both professional and non-professional ladders must have a weight capacity of at least 150kg. This requirement is why so many of the ladders we sell have a maximum load limit of 150kg.

However, we do sell a selection of heavy-duty ladders with a higher weight capacity. If you're looking for a ladder that can support loads heavier than 150kg, step this way...

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Telescopic ladder in car boot

It can be tricky to transport a ladder - if you're carrying it on the roof of your vehicle, you have to make sure it's secure, make sure it's not overhanging by too much, and make sure it doesn't damage your paint job!

Wouldn't it be nice if you could skip all that and just pop your ladder in the boot of your car? Well, as luck would have it, our telescopic ladders (when folded away) are compact enough to fit in a car with no difficulty at all.

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