There is no shortage of ladders to choose from. You can find extension ladders, A-frame ladders, platform ladders, and step ladders. There are also scaffold ladders that are available. Although most ladders can be used for different tasks, many are not suitable for use with any task that you may get involved in. A multi purpose ladder can solve this problem.
The whole purpose of multi purpose ladders is that they have the ability to change into another kind of ladder, simply by adjusting a few parts. This one ladder makes it unnecessary to have multiple kinds of ladders. Instead of buying separate ladders to get separate jobs done, you can save money by choosing one ladder that functions as many ladders, including a step ladder, extension ladder, adjustable scaffold, and A-frame ladder.
Choosing the right multi purpose ladder involves considering the following questions:
How will you use it?
What height will you need?
Light duty or heavy duty?
What type of material?
What extra features would you prefer?
What are the costs?
The way you will use your ladder will affect which one you choose. Not all of these ladders will provide the same functions as every other ladder that is made. Some models, for example, will only combine three or four of the most common ladders. Think about the tasks you do most often and the types of standard ladders you would normally use to complete those tasks. Choose one of the multi purpose ladders that combines the standard ladders you use the most.
The height of your multi purpose ladder is important. You want it to be tall enough to reach where you need it to. On the other hand, you do not want it to be too tall to be used for shorter heights. Most of these multi functional ladders will have extension pieces to adjust the height as needed, but you should still only choose the minimum height for a ladder as your tallest project. For example, you could choose one that is high enough to reach your gutters outside but also short enough to paint crown molding or change a light bulb inside.
Light or Heavy Duty
While you are considering how you will use your ladder, you will have to take into consideration the type of projects or tasks that you get involved in. Construction type projects have different requirements than painting or cleaning projects. Factor in project materials and how much you will use the ladder. If you use your ladder all the time or you tend to use heavier project materials, you will need a heavy duty ladder. If you only use your ladder around the house, a light duty ladder will be fine.
All ladders are categorized by what they are made of. A normal light duty multi purpose ladder is usually aluminum, which makes it more lightweight and easier to move around. Steel models are specifically designed for more demanding use and are ideal for heavy duty tasks. Fiberglass versions can be light duty or heavy duty, but are primarily designed for use around electrical wiring. Wood ladders are often heavier, have varied weight capacities, and more likely to fall apart if exposed to the outdoors frequently.
Many manufacturers have started designing multi functional ladders with extra features. Things like tool holders and clip on attachments are invaluable. When you are working on a ladder, it can be nearly impossible to hold all the tools you need to get the job done. Having extra accessories to help goes a long way. You can find hooks to hold cords and corded tools, different sized buckets to hold materials, and tool caddy attachments to keep tools in easy reach.
The cost of a multi purpose ladder varies greatly. Size, material, brand, functions and features all play a role in how much you will pay. Generally, these ladders start at around $70 and can get up to $600 or more. Attachments and accessories are usually not included and will cost extra.
Safety while using a ladder is important, and there are some rules to remember. The most crucial thing you can do is read your owner's manual. It will contain specific information for the ladder you have. Every ladder model will have different specifications that you will need to follow, although there are some general rules that apply to almost any multi purpose ladder.
Keep your feet planted at all times. Do not stand on your tip toes to over reach. Do not stand on one foot and lean or stretch sideways. It is important to maintain your footing so that you do not make the ladder wobbly or fall out from under your feet. This can cause instability and the multi purpose ladder can tip over.
Stay on solid, even ground. Uneven ground means all the feet of the ladder are not supported and the ladder is not stable. Muddy or soft ground can cause the ladder to slid and knock you off. If it is necessary to use your ladder on one of these types of ground, make sure that you are taking