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What is a Platform Ladder?

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  • Written By: C. Daw
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 August 2019
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A platform ladder is a device that is used to replace the use of a basic scaffolding set-up when it comes to lower levels. The basic design of a platform ladder allows for two separate sets of legs to be upon the ground for stabilization, with a locking platform that spans between them. The majority of platform ladders are foldable devices that contain movable, but strong, locking joints in various locations. They allow the user to build a small scaffold, or platform, so that work can be accomplished quicker and easier.

Also known as an adjustable scaffolding ladder, the platform ladder was designed for specific construction uses, such as painting eaves on a building, siding, and even installing windows and doors that are not at ground level. These time saving ladders have multiple other uses — a two person job, such as installing a chandelier or ceiling fan, can easily be accomplished by using a platform ladder and having one person on each side. The platform ladder works very well for indoor and outdoor use, and when needed, most of them can even be used as a basic extension ladder.

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Another design feature that the platform, or scaffold, ladder has is that it is possible to have a storage area for your tools or materials that are accessible. For instance, painters utilize these ladders because they not only allow them to reach higher than normal, but the storage area available allows them to keep their paint and brushes within easy reach. Cable installers and electricians consider these ladders an indispensable tool to have on hand. Regardless of the job or career field, platform ladders are useful almost anywhere.

Platform ladders are available in various sizes, shapes, styles, and weights. Aluminum scaffold ladders are popular because they are heavy duty and can hold adequate amounts of weight, yet are light enough to allow easy adjustments and transportation. The best versions have locking hinges that are built extra strong and durable because some cheaper versions of this ladder have been found to buckle and give out when under weight.

These types of ladders have been designed to replace bulky scaffolding set-ups. They allow work to be done above the ground while supplying support and offering extra storage areas for tools and materials while working. They also allow the potential for more working space upon the project before they have to be moved. This tool is very versatile, fairly reasonable in price, and can be acquired at most home improvement centers around the world.

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