One of the top trends I’ve noticed in the last couple of years is the leaning ladder trend. Up until just a couple of years ago, the rule was to never use a stepladder folded up against the wall since it is not designed to be used that way. The rule still applies to ordinary stepladders, which can cause some confusion on the job site when there is a leaning ladder.
Leaning ladders have extra rubber to prevent them from slipping out so they can be used safely in the leaning position. Most ladder companies have a leaning ladder. The King Kombo from Little Giant Is a leaning ladder, in addition to an extension ladder and stepladder. The narrow side on the stepladder can fit through wall studs to help framers work more safely. The rotating top cap accessory allows you to work on inside or outside corners safely. The King Kombo Industrial comes with a v-bar for use on outside corners in the extension position too.
It is truly amazing how much innovation is happening in the ladder industry. Gone are the days when you have an ordinary ladder with the same warning labels.
If you have a leaning ladder on your job site, make sure to use it safely.
When you have work to do, an adjustable ladder can be a great option. For which jobs can you use your adjustable/articulating ladder? Here’s just a start:
Any job that’s on stairs. Each side of the ladder telescopes independently, so if you have a job on stairs, you can have one side of the ladder be shorter than the other side, so you can use your ladder safely if it is adjustable. This idea also applies to sloping ground. If you have to work on a small hill or stadium-style seating, your ladder can safely adjust your ladder to get your work done. Hanging pictures, painting, hanging light fixtures and adjusting smoke detectors are all examples of jobs for your ladder in the staircase position.
Getting on Your Roof. If you need to get on your roof, putting your ladder in the extension position can make that happen. Always use a tall enough ladder and extend it three feet past the roofline. Do you have a roof to inspect? Gutters to clean? Regardless of the task at hand, when used in the extension position, your ladder can help you get any roof-related job complete. The extension position can also help you complete tasks like washing windows.
Almost any Other Job. You can also use your ladder in the stepladder position, and this position allows you to complete almost any job we haven’t covered already. Framing, cleaning, inspecting your home and landscaping are all examples of jobs for your ladder in the stepladder position.
These are just a few examples of jobs for your adjustable ladder, but the options are truly endless!
Here are a couple of reasons why I love this style of ladder.
They are super lightweight.
They have a super-small storage profile, making them easy to bring from job to job.
They can be set up or taken down with one hand, and they take barely any time to do either.
They are available in fiberglass, so they can be a great ladder for electricians.
The platform helps you get close to your job while limited the foot fatigue that can happen when standing on narrow rungs for hours on end.
Right now, my favorite platform ladder is the MightyLite. It’s made with the same lightweight fiberglass as the HyperLite extension ladders, making it almost as lightweight as an aluminum option. The MightyLight also has all sorts of features engineered into it. The top cap’s design allows you to bring almost any tool you could imagine. There is a hook for a paint can, grooves for drills, nails, screwdrivers, even a groove to hold a fluorescent tube. The MightyLite also has the Ground Cue™ bottom rung indicator to let you know when you’ve reached the bottom rung.
Do you use a platform stepladder? Which one is your favorite?
We’ve talked about the King Kombo a few times over the last couple of months, and I just want to take a minute to talk about what makes the King Kombo so great.
The fact is, the Little Giant King Kombo Industrial 3-in-1 all-access ladder—the world’s first stepladder, extension ladder, and leaning ladder—gives you exactly the ladder you need to do just about anything. This ladder will help you complete most every ladder task on the job. King Kombo adjusts from storage to stepladder to extension in seconds. For tasks like running wire or accessing a hard-to-reach corner, you can quickly adjust King Kombo to be a safe leaning ladder. The rotating wall pad accessory for the leaning position, lets the King Kombo conform to and protect inside and outside corners and damageable surfaces like paint, drywall and stucco.
The Industrial version has ultra-heavy-duty feet with aggressive tread for elite traction and durability, designed for harsh industrial environments. King Kombo Industrial also brings a tough corner, pole, and stud-gripping V-bar for the extension ladder position. This heavy-duty grip conforms to inside and outside corners and even offers protection for damageable leaning surfaces like paint, drywall, and stucco and round poles. Speed, power, and safety—prepare to be faster and safer than ever on the job!
The King Kombo’s wide steps provide stability and comfort, and its dual-purpose top cap offers both a spacious standing platform and a convenient tool tray. Its wide-flared side offers superior side-tip stability while its straight side allows you to access tight workspaces between wall studs or ceiling trusses and roof or attic access ports.
As you can see, they thought of just about everything with the King Kombo. Gone should be the days where workers use a stepladder leaned against the wall because now there are ladders designed to lean!