repairing aluminum step ladder


Old 12-19-12, 04:42 AM
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repairing aluminum step ladder

We've got several 6' aluminum step ladders and they all have developed the same problem -- one of the braces no longer locks and is able to collapse downwards thus making the ladder dangerous.

Anyone know of something that can repair this?

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Old 12-19-12, 04:46 AM
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It is not safe to try and repair something like a ladder. I would not trust a repaired ladder for safety. It may be the ladders are of a cheaper quality and have just failed due to inferior materials at key stress points.

I would replace them with higher end ladders, especially if you have them in use for employees.
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I agree with Chandler.....for liability.....this is one thing you would not want to jerry-rig.

Replacement spreaders are available for quality ladders that are in otherwise good condition.

Werner Spreader Replacement Kit | Aluminum Stepladder

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What grade are these ladders? If they are Type III [homeowner duty] I'd scrap them out and get new ladders. I'm partial to Type I [or IA] which is industrial duty. Those ladders are a little heavier but are less likely to wobble as they age. I'm also partial to the Werner brand
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Another vote for replacement instead of repair due to liability concerns.
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