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I have an 8 ft folding ladder made of fiberglass. It's been kept outside for 10-12 years. The other day, I carried it and noticed that it was shedding small bits of the fiberglass. The itchy arms and hands told the story. It is not delaminating.

Any ideas on how to re-seal the fiberglass? Does it need a light sanding first?


I was thinking maybe some wipe on poly would do the trick. Great ladder, particularly for electrical or getting into the attic. I'm going to work out some way to store it indoors. I think the intense UV out here in the desert caused this. Meanwhile, time for gloves.
 

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Epoxy or a new gel coat which is time consuming and costly. Stick makes a good point. The
Integrity of the ladder has been compromised to some unknown extent.
 
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Tom,

I've done quite a bit of fiberglass boat repair, and I agree with the others. Get another ladder. It will be safer and much easier than trying to repair the one that you have. Fiberglas gel coat is time consuming, involves working with time dependent epoxy mixes, and a spray gut that will likely be trash when you finish the job, not even considering the cost of materials. Uou will save money, time, and have a safer ladder by just replacing it.

Never just take a possibly unsafe ladder to the dump, as someone might try to use it. Cut the ladder into several short sections before disposing of it.

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Good advice. I'll pop for a new aluminum ladder. Don't really do electrical anymore.
@Stick486 Having problems with my voice so not as much extra personal income these days. My daughter isn't closing clients worth a damn. Thinking of firing her and seeing about licensing or selling the business to someone else, or finding some other way to deliver it, say books and video. Takes 8 days to deliver it because it is an astonishingly complete system after 36 years. Takes up 9 notebooks, not counting the clinical course. Can't talk for 2 days anymore--aged out.
 

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I have to agree on the replacement part. Fibreglass ages and gets brittle especially after being exposed to UV.
Having said that, if it's a 5' step ladder...I mean how badly can you get hurt falling 2 or 3', eh? ;)
Depends on what hits the floor first.

And, BTW, you shouldn't issue any challenges - you know @RainMan 2.0 reads these posts
 

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I have to agree on the replacement part. Fibreglass ages and gets brittle especially after being exposed to UV.
Having said that, if it's a 5' step ladder...I mean how badly can you get hurt falling 2 or 3', eh? ;)
My wife was taking a walk last week around the neighborhood and fell and cracked 3 ribs. :frown:
 

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I have to agree on the replacement part. Fibreglass ages and gets brittle especially after being exposed to UV.
Having said that, if it's a 5' step ladder...I mean how badly can you get hurt falling 2 or 3', eh? ;)
Welllll, it all depends. I slipped on an icy sidewalk January 29th and ended up in hospital for three days with a broken patella (kneecap) broken tooth, slight concussion and I'm still doing therapy to walk properly again. I still can figure how I did it.

My knee is 2 feet or less from the ground. They say it's those "little" falls that surprise you. I'm gonna get me a pair of stilts.
 

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Ouch!

Welllll, it all depends. I slipped on an icy sidewalk January 29th and ended up in hospital for three days with a broken patella (kneecap) broken tooth, slight concussion and I'm still doing therapy to walk properly again. I still can figure how I did it.

My knee is 2 feet or less from the ground. They say it's those "little" falls that surprise you. I'm gonna get me a pair of stilts.
Did the same thing three yrs ago, on an icy, mossy, rock slope. Detached the patella, and tore all the connective stuff. Still painful. You have my sympathy! :crying:
 

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if you fall off of something add the height under your feet to how tall you are and that is how far you fell...
so squat just before you fall and you won't fall as far...
 

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Ok, Ok, I'll get one. Jeeze you guys, you'd think I'd asked you to contribute money or something! I also have a 16ft extension ladder, but it's been stored out of the sun and is holding up well--better than the ladder a couple of guys I hired last year had. Besides, my days on high ladders are over.
 

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Ok, Ok, I'll get one. Jeeze you guys, you'd think I'd asked you to contribute money or something! I also have a 16ft extension ladder, but it's been stored out of the sun and is holding up well--better than the ladder a couple of guys I hired last year had. Besides, my days on high ladders are over.
If by contributing, you mean sending flowers, we'd rather not do that.
 
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