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#265836 13-Feb-2020 14:40
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The Mrs wants a ladder, she doesnt like me climbing up.

But we dont have a lot of dosh for some flash tradesmans safety ladder.

 

Something sun $150.

 

Any tips appreciated :-) Cheers


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  #2417411 13-Feb-2020 14:42
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Have you looked on Trademe or Facebook market place?


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  #2417414 13-Feb-2020 14:50
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Be careful of breaking the gutter brackets...





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  #2417429 13-Feb-2020 15:14
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How often would you use it? can just hire one for a half day now and again.

 

 

 

Otherwise just go to bunnings or mitre10 and buy whatever looks good. Check the weight ratings to compare strength.

 

I think mine is gorilla branded or something, has a 150kg weight limit, think I got it from bunnings.

 

Lasted me a good few years now.

 

 

 

And from a safety standpoint, you are meant to either (or both) have someone hold it or attach it at the top so it can't slide out from under you.

 

I don't mind climbing up onto my roof, but I hate getting back onto the ladder to get off.


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  #2417447 13-Feb-2020 15:38
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Whatever you get, consider also getting an outrigger, for example https://www.bunnings.co.nz/rhino-outrigger-aluminium-extension-ladder-stabiliser_p0313777 to reduce the risk of gutter or personal damage. It will hold the ladder out from the eaves, and help prevent the ladder from twisting when you're up the top and reaching out to the side.

If you do need to lean the ladder against the guttering, get a piece of 2x4 timber to place in the gutter where the ladder is.


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  #2417555 13-Feb-2020 18:28
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I know someone that had a Rhino (think it was that brand) extendable ladder. I only used it to install CCTV cameras at ~2.5m but it felt really stable.

 

 

 

If you own the place and leaves etc are a problem, I'd recommend getting gutter protection, it will stop you having to clear the gutters out so often and helps keep rodents and birds out.  Also from people I've talked to, going with a metal mesh is a lot better as it won't fade with UV and get brittle.


 
 
 
 


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  #2417592 13-Feb-2020 20:00
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Knock on your neighbours door and borrow theirs.

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  #2417596 13-Feb-2020 20:22
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Borrow their teenager.

When you say Mrs Tealeaf wants a ladder because she doesn't like you climbing does that mean she is going to do it or she just wants you on something better than a stack of tea chests?

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  #2418610 13-Feb-2020 21:57
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FineWine:

 

How about a garden hose extendable gutter blaster tool

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/gutter-blaster-extendable_p0165903

 

https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/gutter-boss-extendable-gutter-cleaner-2-1m/p/322880

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have the gutter boss. It is probably as good or better than using a ladder, though it's best to wear a rain coat when using it. Just remove the down pipes and flush the leaves out onto the ground or place a bucket below the down pipe dropper to catch the leaves. It's certainly much quicker than working off a ladder.





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  #2420952 14-Feb-2020 12:42
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Thanks guys, all good ideas.

It has mesh over the down pipe as its Tank water (house has both, but Tank water is free and tastes a LOT better, have a new high pressure pump on it too).

 

I had a really expensive ladder in Aus, even renovating houses i never used it enough to justify the price.

Thanks for tips about the cross member to roof to not break gutters or put a 4x2 in it.

Have a gorgeous massive old Pohutukawa out the back on the grass off the deck, its stunning, I prefer it to my water views, soooo many Tuis.

But they shed leaves constantly and clearly red flowers in summer, constantly brushing the deck down. Im lucky, its an architect designed and project managed single story and the deck is literally half a step height onto lovely soft grass, but omg its dry, the grass has even gone brown and the edges of the landscaping have a 1" gap between the edges and fence planting etc. Anyone else in the North dry as guts? Will have to start using the mains water for the sprinkler as I dont want to lose the quality of grass.


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  #2420991 14-Feb-2020 13:34
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TeaLeaf:

 

The Mrs wants a ladder, she doesnt like me climbing up.

But we dont have a lot of dosh for some flash tradesmans safety ladder.

 

Something sun $150.

 

Any tips appreciated :-) Cheers

 

 

 

 

https://www.vacuum.co.nz/gutter-vacuums/skyvac-gutter-cleaning/

 

https://guttersucker.co.nz/

 

 


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  #2421002 14-Feb-2020 14:13
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The thing about a gutter-cleaning tool is that, in the end, all it is is... a gutter-cleaning tool.

 

Ladders? They have 1001 uses beyond cleaning gutters.

 

If you are only going to have one product, which one's more useful/flexible?

 

One of the ladders I have is one of those telescopic fold-down ones bought from Container Door; while relatively heavy and it doesn't have the deepest of rails, it's damn tall but incredibly portable if that's an important consideration.

 

That said, if I was going for a single solution, and it had to be cheap (which discounts those origami-fold-every-which-way ladders) I'd go for a tall standard 'A' ladder, given it can both stand free and be extended straight for cleaning gutters etc. Just make sure it has decently wider and deep rails on the 'second' side, as some of the cheaper ones aren't comfortable to use beyond the half-way point when used as an extension ladder.

 

 


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