Articulating, Folding, And Extension Ladders… All in One Ladder System!
At some point every home is going to need a little maintenance or repair work done to it. Whether it is the usual household maintenance like cleaning out the gutters or repair work like fixing a pipe, there is usually something that needs to be done. That is why it is important to have all the proper equipment on hand for when those situations arise, and one important piece of equipment to have is a multi purpose ladder.
I personally think having a multi purpose ladder should be a requirement in every home because lets face it, not all ladders are created equally. I have purchased a few ladders in my day because I needed a specific ladder for a specific job, and then later realized I needed a different ladder for a different job. Had I purchased a multi purpose ladder from the beginning, I would have saved myself some time and money.
Currently I own a multipurpose ladder that folds, can be an extension ladder and can even be articulated into various shapes to hold planking for standing on. Best of all I paid about 200 to 300 dollars for it 15 years ago and it still works like brand new today. Now that is a bargain in my opinion!
To help those of you who may want to know a bit more about multipurpose ladders, the main benefit of these ladders is its ability to “morph” into many different other types of ladders just by reconfiguring its flex points. In other words, depending on how you bend the sections of the framing, it can be set up in a variety of different configurations such as a scaffold, straight ladder, step ladder, and extension ladder, just to name a few. It is extremely versatile and durable allowing you the ability to use it for any job inside or outside of your home.
Most multi purpose ladders have about a 300 pound weight capacity and have a variety of heights ranging anywhere from 7 ft to 21ft. Now imagine how many separate ladders you would have to purchase to do all the jobs around your home, whether it is a small step ladder to hang a picture or clean your blinds, an extension ladder to get on top of the roof, or a ladder needed on a stairway.
Not only is that a lot of ladders, then you run into this issue of where to store them all. Generally speaking, the multi purpose ladder can be folded down for easy storage. Better yet, if you buy an aluminum made foldable ladder, its very light weight and can be hung by a few hooks in your garage or multipurpose room.
I also want to mention that having the proper ladder for each situation is not only an issue of functionality, but it is also a matter of safety. Thousands of people are injured every year due to improper use of a ladder. Two common situations that cause people to fall of a ladder is that they extend themselves past the edge of the ladder or they stand on the very top of the ladder because it is not tall enough.
It is hard to predict what kind of ladder you may need around the home for future projects so instead of making what you have work and risking potential injury, it is best to invest in a more versatile ladder. So before you start that next project on the house, do yourself a favor and invest in a multi use ladder to ensure that from that project going forward you will always have the right ladder for the job.
I did a little digging on Amazon for you and have a couple of very highly rated ladders listed below for you to check out. Both of these have free shipping (which is awesome because of the weight) and they both are reasonbly inexpensive. The first one is about $315 and the second is just a shade under $200. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one, although the Werner seems to be the more popular of the two…most likely because of price.