How to Set Up Your Telescopic Ladders?
Setting up your collapsible ladder is a simple yet very important process to guarantee the much-needed safety when climbing up heights. Do it wrong and you are up for some heart-stopping experience. Do it right and you will be glad of what you did. If you plan on using a step ladder or extendable ladder to do either outdoor or indoor DIY tasks, setting up the ladder is the first thing you will have to do. Despite being a simple procedure, it requires some degree of care and background skill on mathematical calculations. Luckily, these skills are readily available and transferable. Therefore, you do not need to be an expert in building and construction to be able to set up a telescopic ladder. Here’s all that’s involved.
Set the Right Angle to Position Your Telescopic Ladder
The first thing you need to do when setting up a ladder is getting the angles right. You do not want a too steep ladder as this would easily tip over backward. Too much angle is not a good set up either as it may result in the ladder’s bottom sliding out thereby causing serious injuries.
Setting the correct angle for your telescopic ladder is so important that you should not let even an obstacle get in your way.
In fact, if there is an obstacle in the position you have identified for the correct angle, you can use alternative angling methods such as scaffolding.
Securing the Base
The base of the ladder needs to be as even as possible. Also, ensure that the feet of the ladder are firm enough not to slip backward when you are climbing. Ensure that the bottom of the ladder is free from any material that could cause it slip. These include sand and dirt. You can do this by sweeping the floor before setting the angle of the ladder. Some models of telescopic ladders come with a detachable base stabilizer. If you are using this type of ladder, ensure that you attach the stabilizer properly and firmly.
Securing the Top of the Ladder
The base is not the only place to secure when setting up the telescopic ladder. Securing the top keeps the ladder from sliding once it rests against the wall. One way to do this is by ensuring that the top rests on an even surface. This can be achieved by using some add-on accessories that are specifically designed to stabilize the top of the ladder. You can use a pair of rubber or soft plastic mitts that can be purchased from any hardware stores.
If you are going to be working on top of the roof, and you intend to be making multiple trips up and down the ladder, it is recommended that you tie the top of the ladder against a solid anchor. This will go a long way in preventing the ladder from sliding sideways every time you step of or onto the roof. It is also recommended to carry all the tools you’ll need in a tool belt. This way, you will use both of your hands when climbing the ladder and avoid shifting your weight to one side.