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Product Review: Telescoping Ladder

In my never-ending quest to reach for the stars, a recent purchase of mine has helped me get twelve feet closer to my goal. I now have only 491,039,999,988 feet left to reach the Sun.

The first time I was introduced to this convenient tool was during the process of buying our wonderful house, when the home inspector who was sent out to (you guessed it) inspect the home came walking up with a clipboard in his hand and a telescoping ladder under his arm. As he inspected the roof, the ceiling and the attic, the ladder looked like it was a breeze to set up and take down.

If it was good enough for a professional to use for a top-to-bottom inspection of our house, then it was good enough for me to use for quick and easy jobs around said house.

Cheaper by almost a third than a traditional A-shaped ladder of the same height and about half the cost of a twenty-foot aluminum ladder, the price was right for me. I purchased mine through Amazon and it arrived in plain brown box, no fancy words or advertising on it, just the ladder, some spare plastic locks and a one-sheet of how to open and close the ladder.

Closed and ready to be stored.

Closed and ready to be stored.

Open for business.

Open for business.

Retracting or closing the ladder.

When I read the reviews online about this particular ladder, one of the recurring themes was the fact that people were practically severing their thumbs when trying to close or retract the ladder.

The process to close the ladder is simple enough, grab the ladder firm and with both hands, one on each rail, as if you were about to:
a) Facing a person, grab their biceps right before you kiss both cheeks to say farewell.
b) Lift and hang a very expensive painting or photograph onto the wall.
c) Drive a 1960 Chrysler Imperial (the steering wheel is rectangular).
d) Wrestle a bear.

The first few times I tried to close up the ladder were a disaster. I almost caught my thumbs in the guillotine-like position in-between the rungs or steps as the ladder closed. Fortunately, I have cat-like reflexes and I saved my thumbs from almost certain flattening. I quickly realized that the safest way to close the ladder was to lay it sideways or even upside-down. Taking the weight off the ladder as it closes makes it easier to unlock the plastic locks and the rungs do not slam down, smashing anything in its path.

Safety first.

Safety first.

Working these locks can be tough.

Working these locks can be tough, especially if you are all thumbs.

You can find the telescoping ladder on Amazon.com. By clicking the link below and purchasing the ladder, you will also be helping to support my website.

The twelve foot telescoping ladder is not for everyone. It fits my needs perfectly at the moment, but I would not use it for heavy lifting or painting if I had to be on it for long periods of time. However, if I need to get into the attic or grab some fruit off the trees in the backyard, this ladder is so quick and easy to pull out of the tool shed that I usually grab it over the six-foot A-shaped ladder. The telescoping ladder is a DIY person’s dream, in that it is so convenient and fast to set up and break down.

Life certainly has its ups and downs, but with the telescoping ladder your ups will be so much faster and your downs will have to be focused on saving your thumbs for another project.