I've got a Werner 28-foot type I aluminum extension ladder, and, with my post-polio and this bad arm it's getting to be too much for me to handle. I bought it when we resided the house 18-20 years ago, but I now use it only about once a year to clean out the high gutters. The house is a "split entry", so the roof edge (2-foot overhang) is about 15 feet above "ground level", but on the north side the ground slopes away by about 2 feet before you're out the roughly 6 feet to the point where the ladder base must rest. (It's always "fun" on that side -- have to set up a piece of plywood with a cleat to hold the ladder base.) But this is probably too much information.
I'm planning to go up the north side one more time on that ladder, and will measure while I have it up to see what length I really need. Then I'm hoping that a 24-foot ladder will turn out to be sufficient. If so, I'd plan to buy a new ladder.
I weigh in at 230 bare naked at the gym in the morning. A new 24-foot type I would save me close to 10 pounds from what I can figure (the current ladder weighs in at 47 pounds), while a 24-foot type II would shave off about 17 pounds.
So -- What are the arguments for picking one or the other (or is there a 3rd option)? (I do kinda like having the stiffer ladder, but I can get used to a bouncier one, I suppose.)
(BTW, I installed screens over the south side gutter today, and plan to do the same on the north side in stages, but I'll still need to get up there on occasion.)
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