Tall Ladder Recommendations

Old 07-19-22, 05:29 PM
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Question Tall Ladder Recommendations

I have to install some motorized blinds in some windows that are high off the ground - they are approximately 18' feet off the ground. I already own a 17' Little Giant Alta One ladder that could potentially work - my issue is when this ladder is fully extended it is way too wobbly/bouncy and I just don't feel stable on it when going up that high.

I think it is time to invest in a taller ladder...possibly in the 18' - 20' range. Any recommendations?
Old 07-19-22, 06:04 PM
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Maybe rent some scaffolding. It is not very expensive and very stable.
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I agree. A job like this is best done with scaffolding. A rental would be cheaper than buying a ladder and safer.
Old 07-20-22, 12:16 AM
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If you want to invest in a ladder by a real ladder..... Type 1A (300lbs) at a minimum fiberglass.
Available in 16' - 20' - 24' and up. Starting at $200.

The depot rents scaffolding as well as 24' 1A fiberglass ladders.
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All of the options mentioned below can be rented or you can purchase them if you think you will use them often enough to justify the expense and storage space.

If you want a ladder I would buy the highest rated (higher weight capacity) extension ladder as it will be stiffer and less bouncy than a lesser rated ladder. I would also get one a fair bit longer than you actually need. This will further reduce the bounce. I think 24' extension ladders are one of the most versatile.

But, as I'm getting older I use ladders less. A few years ago I purchased aluminum scaffolding. It is the best thing in the world. Aluminum is considerably lighter than steel though much more expensive. But, the aluminum makes it easy for one person to set up and dismantle. Working on a scaffold is MUCH easier than on a ladder as you have both hands free and a place to set tools and materials. You won't believe how much more confident you are, and how much better you can work when on a stable platform with a railing around you.
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