I need a tall ladder that has to be light
It is raining outside and you notice that your gutters are pouring over the sides. Yes, your gutters are clogged and they definitely need to be cleaned out. Heights don’t bother a lot of people, but finding a tall ladder that doesn’t weigh a ton is a different story. Cleaning second story gutters is not a job one would consider easy, but having the right ladder and other gutter cleaning tools will make it much easier.
What are the different types of ladders
There are a few types of ladders on the market and we can do a quick rundown to see which one would best fit your needs. There are really three types of ladders: Stepladders, extension ladders, and single pole ladders are the most common ladders you will find. They can be made of aluminum, fiberglass or wood. Werner aluminum ladders are the probably the most common and are available in all the box stores. A 28-foot Werner ladder will fit the needs of most second story roof gutters that need cleaning. Carrying and/or moving tall ladders is an art form. A quick youtube search will give you some great tips on the proper way to carry and set up a big ladder.
Ladder safety products
Safety is going to be the biggest issue when you are cleaning gutters on the second floor. I clean a lot of gutters and you will NEVER find me on a ladder that does not have a ladder stabilizer. (We don’t use step ladders) A stabilizer will hold your ladder securely in place and will allow the ladder to stand off the roof so as not to damage the gutters. Since we are talking about ladder safety accessories, I will add another favorite of mine to the conversation. If you have ever cleaned gutters while having your ladder sitting on any uneven ground, you will definitely appreciate adding leg levelers to your ladder. We use the Levelok brand but, there are many good ones out there. Professional painters love this PivitLadder Tool because of the versatility.
More gutter cleaning safety tips and some final words
If you are going to clean your own gutters there are a couple of last minute adds I am going to throw in here. Safety gloves are almost (not quite, but almost as important as the stabilizers and other gear mentioned above. Gutters are made of thin sheet metal and have lots of screws and sharp edges. They can cut you as clean as a filet knife. Don’t ask me how I know that, just trust me. Take a quick run to your local Harbor Freight and pick up a pair or two and you will not regret it. Don’t forget safety glasses. Gutter debris is one of the worst things to get in your eyes, especially when you are cleaning gutters two stories up.
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