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Ladder Challenge Accepted!

January 26, 2017 0
Professional snowboarders and film makers Jake Price and Lukas Huffman are celebrating the ten year anniversary of their cult snowboarding film ir77, with a remastered edition featuring several DVD exclusive shorts from the original film footage.  One of the mini features on the DVD is a very impressive ladder challenge; to build a functional ladder out of wood in just nine minutes.As they travelled from Canada to Romania, via Germany, fellow snowboarder Andrew Crawford found a wall he wanted to board off, but in order to get up there he needed a ladder.  They did not have one to hand, nor was there anyone they could borrow one from; so the challenge to build his own ladder in nine minutes was devised.  His friends didn't believe it can be done, and at points in the video they look like...
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An Educational Ladder

January 15, 2017 0
Schoolchildren in China's Sichuan province have recently been given a helping hand with their education after images appeared of them, aged between 6 and 15-years-old, scaling an 800 metre ladder, made of bamboo and vines, in order to get to school.  The children live in the mountain top village of Atule'er and attend a boarding school in a town at the bottom of the cliffs, only returning home every other weekend, due to the dangers involved in making the journey up and down the cliff face.Village chief Er Dijiang told reporters that people have died after falling off the ladder, which had suffered from rot in the past and required a lot of risky upkeep.  The prefectural government had to intervene and proposed replacing the old ladder with a new one made of steel poles, like the type us...
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Ladders and Trade Shows

December 31, 2016 0
Ladders are hugely useful to us on a daily basis and they are more present in our lives than we may notice. After all, they are absolutely everywhere and they contribute to large parts of our lives, making this easier for us and those around us. While popular in the professional world among people like painters and decorators, they also have quite a few uses for those who own small businesses. If you have a business that attends trade shows, then you might want to think about how a ladder could benefit you and the time it takes you to set up and pack things away. This article plans to take you through just that, making things a little easier for you during events.Ladders to Use You often find that the show organisers will have a few ladders available for use, as and when they are needed, b...
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The stranger side of ladders

December 29, 2016 0
Ladders are usually used for DIY and construction projects, but there are many other creative uses for ladders out there.  Our favourite story of the month is how a simple step ladder transformed one man’s wedding day.  Groom James Lusted was born with a rare genetic condition, Diastrophic Dysplasia, which causes dwarfism.  At 3'7” he stands a whole two feet shorter than his bride Chloe, but wanted to be able to kiss his new wife at the ceremony without her having to bend down.  The couple had been together for three years before getting engaged in 2014, and are looking forward to their new life together; as devout Christians they have waited for marriage to live together.  James had the four step ladder specially made for the big day and it features in their wedding photographs a...
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Telescopic Ladders from MLC

December 23, 2016 0
Ladders are essential, and it is amazing how much we rely on them for. Without them, we would not be able to reach high places to do maintenance or pick the nicest fruits from the top of the tree without risking our safety climbing it. The telescopic ladder is a revolution in the ladder world and has created so many fantastic solutions for those who use ladders, either personally or professionally. This article aims to take you through the history of the telescopic ladder, as well as some of the great ones you can purchase directly from us.The History of the Telescopic Ladder Telescopic ladders were initially created for the professional market by the company Teletower. The idea was to create a ladder that could be used like any other, but took up a lot less space and was easier to move fr...
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Fish ladders in action

December 23, 2016 0
Over in America the fish spawning season is underway, which means that the numerous fish ladders that sit along many of the great American waterways are seeing lots of action.  The Nimbus fish ladder, on the American River in California is especially busy at this time of year, as Chinook salmon return to their spawning grounds.  There are eight hatcheries in the area, all of which make use of the fish ladder to catch salmon and harvest eggs; approximately 24 million of them over the season, to breed young salmon for release in the spring of 2017.  It is open to the public and has plenty of educational resources, so everyone can enjoy the spectacle of the returning fish jumping upstream through the ladder and learn about the conservation efforts of the hatcheries.  Viewing windows allow...
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Ladders in Retail

December 15, 2016 0
It is no secret that ladders are one of the most widely used tools in the world.  After all, without them there are a huge range of tasks that we would not be able to undertake.  Practically every profession has or uses a ladder at some point, and the retail world is no exception.  We rely on them to help us with a huge number of tasks, and if you work in retail this is something you will know all too well.  This article will take you through some of the great uses ladders have in retail, as well as the types that are most commonly used.Most Commonly Used Ladders in Retail The most frequently used ladders in the retail world are the standard ladder and the step ladder. These two serve great purposes within the walls of any store, although you will find them out back, rather than on the...
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Artistic Ladders

December 09, 2016 0
The humble ladder is an unassuming object, waiting patiently in the corner of a shed until it is needed, and then serving a unique purpose that no other object could until it is put back in the corner, quietly out of the way until next time.  The strength of a ladder and the simple, yet effective construction has inspired artists all over the world, including our old favourite Charlie Brouwer.  This time we have a really explosive artwork to share with you.Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang works with fireworks and gunpowder to create some stunning large scale artworks that are both fleeting yet highly memorable, including parts of the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing.  He is said to 'paint with fireworks', organising spectacular displays in Shanghai.  His latest artwork, “Sky Ladder”...
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Work Platforms

December 02, 2016 0
Ladders are an essential piece of equipment, both from a professional and personal perspective. Every home should have some form of ladder, as they are a key piece of kit when it comes to basic home repairs and maintenance. The work platform is no different, and has multiple functions in both home life and professional work. It’s a great type of ladder with some really useful purposes. This article aims to take you through the work platform, its origin and the ways in which it can be used. Why not take a look?The Origins No one is entirely sure who created the work platform as it is today, and its conception is unclear. However, it is interesting to see how it has developed and branched out, since the original ladder that was created thousands of years ago. The work platform has proved i...
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The Human Ladder

November 23, 2016 0
Games night with family or friends is one that is often looked forward to. It’s a fantastic opportunity to spend some quality time together socialising and sharing delicious snacks. Even if you go on holiday or camping games can be an essential part of the experience. In fact, there are a few ladder games that you can play as well. Board games such as Snakes and Ladders may be the first to come to mind, but there is actually a more physical one that is built on trust available. It’s called the Human Ladder and it is great fun for all the family.Where Can I Get It?The Human Ladder is available in many toy and games stores across the world. It is also available from online retailers and shopping sites. However, if you struggle to find a copy for yourself, the game is incredibly easy to m...
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