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Step Ladders Kalispell MT

Without question, one of the best tools I ever purchased was a 12-foot wooden, industrial-grade stepladder 15 years ago. At first, the price seemed too steep. But over the years, the time it has saved me - and the accidents it has saved me from - have more than made up for the relatively big investment in Kalispell.

The Home Depot
(406)755-5333
2455 Highway 93 North
Kalispell, MT
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

Cardinal True Value
(406) 752-4221
2148 Hwy 2 East
Kalispell, MT
 
Wright's Kalispell Lmbr.
(406) 257-3625
800 W. Idaho
Kalispell, MT
 
Lowe's
(406) 758-3030
2360 Highway 93 North
Kalispell, MT
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Western Building Center
(406) 755-6411
1745 3rd Ave East
Kalispell, MT
 
Kalispell - Auth Hometown
(406) 755-5678
1105 Us Highway 2 W
Kalispell, MT
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9.5-19
Tue:9.5-19
Wed:9.5-19
Thu:9.5-19
Fri:9.5-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-4
Store Features
Mon:9.5-19
Tue:9.5-19
Wed:9.5-19
Thu:9.5-19
Fri:9.5-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-4

Northwest Drywall & Bldg Sply
(406) 752-2644
160 8th Ave
Kalispell, MT
 
Cardinal True Value
(406) 755-5220
16 7th Ave West
Kalispell, MT
 
Montana Ace - Kalispell
(406) 755-9701
130 N Meridian Rd, Eisinger Motors
Kalispell, MT
 
Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
(406) 755-4747
2330 Hwy 93 South
Kalispell, MT
 

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Without question, one of the best tools I ever purchased was a 12-foot wooden, industrial-grade stepladder 15 years ago.

At first, the price seemed too steep. But over the years, the time it has saved me - and the accidents it has saved me from - have more than made up for the relatively big investment. Since then, I've considered the acquisition of ladders and ladder accessories more of an investment than just another equipment purchase. I've also learned ladder safety is directly related to choosing the right piece of equipment for the job or jobs ahead, as well as using the ladder properly (see sidebar). And after the purchase, there's also proper ladder maintenance to consider. Like any tool or piece of equipment, good care of a ladder will make your investment last a lifetime and worthy of passing on to your children.

The Big Three The two basic ladder models - step and extension - come in three basic materials: fiberglass, aluminum and wood. There are also a few versions of steel ladders made for various specialized jobs. But for the most part, wood, aluminum and fiberglass are what you'll find at most retailers. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on the type of work you do, how you maintain your equipment and the size of your budget. Fiberglass' two big advantages are its light weight and its electrically nonconductive nature. Although many homeowners vow never to work around overhead electrical cables and therefore think a nonconductive ladder isn't worthwhile, the nonconductive attribute works well even for those who just use power tools while perched on a ladder.

After all, a frayed or misused power cord can also give you a nasty jolt while you're on a ladder with electrically conductive attributes. And there's always one note of caution in this conductive/nonconductive discussion: A nonconductive ladder that is wet can become conductive. Moreover, around exposed, high-voltage overhead power lines, never assume any ladder won't conduct high-voltage electricity. Wood ladders are also nonconductive but are heavier, generally by about 50 percent. So if a 12-foot fiberglass stepladder weighs about 50 pounds, its wooden counterpart will be around 75 pounds. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The obvious disadvantage is in lugging it from job to job. But that extra weight means extra mass underneath you. Thus when you're working with heavy objects - chimney blocks, bundles of asphalt roofing and the like - the ladder with the greater mass feels and acts more stable underneath you. Aluminum ladders are very lightweight and strong on a relative strength-to-weight basis. But they readily conduct electricity. Moreover, most are subject to corrosion, either from salt air, acid rain or common construction cleaning agents like muriatic acid.

Aluminum extension ladders are also noisy, which doesn't sound like a big drawback until you start a project early one morning and find yourself waking up the neighborhood as you get your ladder in place. Wood is the quietest, followed closely by fiberglass. How to Choose Ladder choice should be based primarily on how you plan to use the equipment. When I purchased my 12-foot stepladder in 1986, I knew I'd be carrying heavy and awkward loads up and down it frequently. Today, ladder manufacturers break their products down into load-carrying capacity. With ratings developed in cooperation with OSHA (Occupational Safety Fri, 01 Nov 2002 00:00:00 Ken Textor Reduction Systems http://www.smart-homeowner.com/node/8390 Click here to read article from Smart-Homeowner.com