Ladder Lockdown and Ladder Levelizer Tested

By: John Scanlan, Published on Jul 18, 2018

Ladders are a daily necessity for surveillance and security installers, but working on an unstable surface can be extremely dangerous. In addition to selecting the appropriate ladder, it is important to ensure the ladder is safely footed.

Two manufacturers claim to improve ladder safety: 

We bought both ladder devices and tested them. Below is an overview:

We tested both of these devices in real-world conditions to see how they work, examining:

  • Marketing Claims vs Performance
  • Ladder Levelizer Demonstration
  • Ladder Lockdown Demonstration
  • Product Failures / Shortcomings
  • Physical Overview
  • Price

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*** ************* ***** ** improve ****** ******: 

** ****** **** ****** devices *** ****** ****. Below ** ** ********:

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*** ****** ******** ** recommended *** *** **** another ****** ** *** available ** **** ** ***** * ladder. *** *** ****** is **** ****** ******** ****** *** be **** ** ****** ground that ******** **** ****-**** pads **** ****** ******* with *** ******. ***** the ****** ******** ** uneven ****** ** **** safe **** ***** * ladder *****.

*** ****** ********* ** *********** for ******* ** ****** ground *** ***** ** advertised, ******** * ***** non-slip **** ** ****** ground ***** *** ********* required **** ********* ***-** leveling **** *** ********* ladders, ***** ***** ** not ****** ** ***** a ****.

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*** ****** ********* *** *********** ******** **** *** manufacturer's ******* *** ~$** USD.

*** ****** ******** *** be ********* ******* ************'* ******* *** ~$150+ ********, ***** *** ~$30 ** *** ******. 

Ladder ********* *************

** *** *******, *** Ladder ********* ****** ****, with ** ****** ****** on *** ******, ****** pushed **** *** ****** in **** ********, *** the ****** ****** ** top. ** *** ** issues **** *********** **** placed.

*** ***** ***** ************ using *** ********* ** a ***** *****.

Ladder ******** *************

** *** *******, *** Ladder ******** *** ****** on ****** ********, **** the ****** ******* ** the ******* **** *** contact *** *** ******** strips ** *** ****** of *** ********. ** even ******** *** ** mulch/soil, *** ****** ******** worked ************, **** *** non-slip ****** *** ****** spikes ********* ********* ****.

*** ***** ************ ***** scenarios:

Beware ****** ******** *******

******** ****** ******** ****** it ** *** ***** than * ****** ***** users ** *** ****** Lockdown **** ****** **** the ***** ** ** flat ******, ** **** a ***** **** ** raised **** ** * **** surface **** ***** *** plate ** ***** ****** it **** **** **** a ****** *****.

*** ****** ** *** Ladder ******** *** *** small ***** **** ***-**** ********, ******* the ****** ***** ******* to *****.

** ********* ****** ********, who ******** *** ********* response:

*** ***** ** ***** and **** ***********. ** may ** ******* *** in *** ****** ** even * ******* **** across *** ******. 
** *** ***** ***** the ****** ** ** uneven **** **’* ******** create * **** ***** that ***** ** ******* the ***** ***** ** our ****** ********, ** would ** ****** ** use *** *** ****** or ******* ** *** asphalt ** *** ** use ****** ******** ** that ********* ** ***.  Should *** *** *** ice ****** ** *** cons, *** ***** ** the ******* *** ****** filled ****** ** ******* them **** **** ******.  

** **** ****** **** report ** **** ****** up ** *** ****** change.

******* ** **** *****, Ladder ******** ****** ** advertised, ********* * ***** footing ** **** ** **** ******.

Alternatives ** *********/********

***** *** **** *********** alternatives ** *** ******* detailed *****:

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Extension ****** ****** *** ********

**** ************* ***** ******-*** ******** *******, which ******* ** *** lower ******* ** *** ****** ** the *** *** ***** the ******. ***** **** ~$100 *** ** ******* and **** ** ** permanently ******** ** *** ladder, ***** ***** ******** drilling ******** ***** ** the ******, ***** *** (likely ****) **** ******** and ** **** ***** degrade *** ******'* ****** rating.

Extension ****** ******** ********

***** *** **** ******* that ******* ** ***** section ** ********* ******* and ******* * **** dynamic ******** ********** ******** the **** ** **** on ****** ******** *** have *** ****** **** along *** ****-****** ****. This ******* **** *** require ****** ************ ** it ***** ** ** the ****** ** * similar ******* ** *** height ** ******** **** **** locks. ***** *** ********* ~$100-150.

Built ** ****** ******

**** ********* ******* ******* ***** on ***** **** ***** may ** ****** **** the ****** ** **** surface, ******** ** ******** as ******, *****, ** toes. ***** ****** *** also ********** *** ******** variances ** ****** ******* the ****** ******** (**** than ~*"), **** *** spiked cleat pushed **** *** **** on ****** ******, *** the **** **** **** on ***** ******.

*******, **** ****** *** a **** ******* ***** than ***-** *******, **** ~2" ** ****, ******** to *"+ **** ***** leveling **** ** ********.

Comments (16)

*** *** ***** ** ladder ********* *** *** box ****** ********* ***** be ***** '***** *** world...

* ************ ****** *** the *** ** * "3rd-party" ******* **** **** would ** ******* ** a ******* **** ** civil *******?

* ***** ** ***** be ********* ****, ***** that *** *** * use *** ***** ** on******'******** *** ****** ** factory ********* ** **** installed. *'** **** ** a **** **** *** one **** ***** ******** with *** ****** ***** extended. ** ****'* ***** anywhere.

***, **** ** ******* that *** **** ********* part *** ********* ** a ********* ****** *** the ************'* ***********. * wouldn't ** *** ********* with **** ** * find ** **** ***** a ******* ****** *********** without *** *** ***** products ***** **. **** use * ***** *** as * *** ***** product.

* ********** ******'* *** the ***** ******** ****** in ********* ** **** article. ****, * ****** fiberglass ******* *** **** away **** ******** *******. Commercial **** ****** ** see ********** ******* *******.

*******: *** ******’* *** use ****?

* ****** ******** **** I *** *** ** multiple *********. *** ****** Levelizer ******'* *** **** of *** ****** * use ******* **** ** spanning ****** **** *** product * ****** ** shows. ** ******* *** worked ** **** **********. The ********* *****'* ****** to *** ** **** as * ***** **** it.

*** ******** ***** ** useful **** *** ****** in *** ****** *** not ** * ****** slightly ****** ******* **** wouldn't *** *** ******. There ****'* **** ********** where * **** * completely ****** *******. *** in *** ******, * find *** ****** ****** built ** *** ****** work **** *** **. If * **** **** stabilization ** *** ****, I ***** ****** **** something **** ********** **** as****. **** ** *** of *** ******* ***** I *** *** *****. 

* **** **** *** use ** ******** * ladder *** ********** *** a ******** ****** **********.

** ***********. **** ****, *** our **** **** *** pro **** *******.

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*** ******** ****** ***** versatile ******.

** - ****** *** the ******** *** ****!  That ****** **** * solid *******. *** **** has **** ******* **** using ** *** **** you *** *** ******** / ****** **** **?

** ****, *** ** have **** ***** *** a **** **** ****, like *****. *** *** engineers **** ** ** the *** ** **** of ***** ***. ** ******** with ** ** ***.

**** *** **** ** health *** ****** *** getting ******* ** ***** we **** *** **** to ** ** ******** but **** *** ******* demonstrate ********** ***** ** mitigate risk. **** ******** **** on ****.

** ******, *** **** to ****** ******* ****** training *** *** ****** checks ** ******.

 

 

 

* **** ** ** a ******* **** ** the ***.  ** ****** carried * *** ** shim **** ** *** from *** ********** ** we ***** ***** ** a **** ** ****** ground.  ** **** ** you **** ****** ** the ******, **'* **** worth **.

* **** ***** *** wobbly ****** *** ***** tripod *******.

** *** *** ****** leg ******** (********* ** each ***) *** **** found **** **** **** great. *** **** ******* is **** *** * lot ** ****** *** that ***** ****** ** all ** *** ****. That ***** *** ****** very ******* ** *****. 

**** **** ** ********* to ****** *** ***** that **** ******* ** uneven *******. 

** *** *** ******* by *** ** *** straight ******* **** ** without *********** ** ******. This ** ***********, ** is *** ******* ** use ******* * ***** anymore.

****-**** - ****** *** your ***** ******* *** the ***********.

** *** ******** **** not **** **** ** uneven ******, *** **** the ********* *** **** on ***** ******?

 

*******, *** ********* ** not ****** ** ***** ground *** ** **** on **** ****** ** will **** *** ****** tilt. *** ******** **** not **** ** ****** that *** ****** ***** in ** ****** ** the *****, ***** ** does *** **** ****-**** material ** *** ******.  They *** ******* ** change ****.

*** ********* ***** **** a ****** *******, ******** I'd **** ** *** a ***** ********* ** the ****** ***.
*** ******** ** *** other ****... **'* **** are ** ****** **** the ******* ** ** flat ********, ****'* * detriment **** *** ******* seen ******* ** ** sliding ***** ** *****.  More ****** **** *** mitigate **** ***********.  ****** non-slip ******** ***** **** immensely.  ** *** ***** or ****, * **** the **** **** ** ladders ** ** **** than ********.  * ******'* see ****** **** *** $25, *** ***** $*** to ** ****. 

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