How to Use the Right Ladder for the Job

When using your ladder, you need to be extremely careful and strategic to prevent avoidable accidents during your projects.

While this has to do with the way you use the ladder, choosing the right collapsible ladder for the job is the most important.

This will ensure that you are safe because you have the right tool for the trade. 

If you are going for a home repair, both interior and exterior, you will find that extension ladders are the best for the job. If you are like most people, your use of ladders if not monthly, could be once in a while.

Most likely you are engaged in smaller jobs such as checking your top cabinets for some items or reaching for the roof to check for leakages. Any of these will require a solid and good quality extension ladder.

And since one of the major causes of accidents at home involves the use of ladders, it is a wise choice to try as much as possible to learn about the different types of ladders used around the home and get to know how to use them yourself. This will be very useful for you in cases of emergencies.

There are a wide range of ladders on the market today - from step ladder to telescopic ladder to extension ladder to step tools - with different applications. Because each is dedicated to a set of closely related jobs, your safe bet is to always choose a ladder that is the right fit for a project. 

You will see that most of the ladders mentioned above are most likely produced from aluminum, plastic, glassware, etc. and there was no mention of wood ladders. This is intentional. 

Modern design has shifted from the wood ladders of yesterday to these newer models to cater for flexibility, portability, and extreme usage.

Most of them are designed with a rung serrated edges to prevent slipping, a precursor to most accidents.

Selecting the Right Type of Ladder

1. Use the proper oil

You can purchase ladders in different styles. These styles include multi-purpose, single-section, telescopic, step, and extension. The first step in selecting the right type of ladder is to select the right style to provide that safety and convenience for a particular job.

Because you are likely to be doing a recurring job at home or work, you should know the function of each type to get.

Choosing the right oil for your deep fryer is half battle won. Once you know the type of oil you want to use, you will need to fill up the fryer with it, taking care not to over-fill or under-fill it.

If you have a model that have a minimum or maximum fill line, it becomes even easier as you have a ready gauge to guide your measurement.

​Step Ladder

2. Turn it on and start operating

These are single-section, fixed length ladders. They have stabilizing legs that allow for free standing, can withstand long term usage and loads and can be stored compactly. You can get them in aluminum and fiberglass. If you want to go the old way, you can select one that comes in wood.

To start using your device, you need to turn it on by plugging it in and using the switch button to power it up.

After that, set the temperature and time and ensure that you obtain the right level of temperature for the oil without going over that.

You also need to maintain a temperature between 350 degrees F and 375 degrees F which is the suitable range for most of the cooking you will be doing.

If your device comes with a thermostat, you don't have to bother too much about the temperature as it will automatically determine the correct temperature.

However, if it doesn't come with one, you may have to get yourself a thermometer to select the right temperature for the oil.

Extension Ladder

3. Pat your food dry

Extension ladders are usually a combination of more than one single-section ladders that you can deploy in cascading manner.

So that you get different lengths and can use it for variety of applications.

They typically have two or three single-sections and are available in aluminum and fiberglass.

Before drying any kind of food, make sure it is dried and doesn't have any traces of water. You can make use of a kitchen paper towel or cover the food in some dusting to remove any traces of water.

For example, freshly cut potatoes can be wiped with paper towel so that there is no water on it before throwing them into the fryer. Not doing this may cause some dangerous spilling of oil that may be injurious to you or children around.

Telescopic Ladder

4. Lower the food slowly into the fryer

This is similar to an extension ladder except that the rungs collapsed into a smaller compact size. This means that it has smaller footprint and can be transported more easily. It is available in aluminum and we have reviewed all the best models here

Some fryers come with a basket that you can place the food you want to fry and carefully lower it into the fryer and once it's lowered it should lock in place.

However some models don't have this luxury and you may have to use a slotted spoon or your hands to get the food into the fryer. Whichever one you go with, you need to ensure you do it slowly to avoid any hazard.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.