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Ladders in Furniture

September 12, 2016 0
Admittedly sometimes more artistic than practical, there are pieces of furniture out there that are made from ladders, whether repurposed or taken apart and put together to make something new. From shelving units to sofas, ladders have been used to create all sorts of living room and general home pieces. Recycling is an important aspect of our society, however, so perhaps reusing old wooden ladders is not as whacky as it first sounds. Here are some interesting, and some bizarre, pieces of furniture that have been made using ladders. You never know, you might even have some ideas for your own old ladders.Shelving Ladders can be used for several types of shelving. Some have been attached to the walls horizontally and the gaps between the rungs used as shelving for books and other miscellaneo...
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Ladders in Sieges

August 31, 2016 1
The medieval period is an interesting one. Our technology and culture seemed to almost regress from the technological and social advancements made by the Greeks and Romans that came before. It is an example of how truly devastating the collapse of an Empire and a dark age can be. Ladders were used regularly in this period, much like through the rest of history, but they weren’t just used for construction and decoration. Ladders were turned into tools of war during this period, and ones that could aid armies in causing huge amounts of damage to castles and fortresses. The ladders became a formidable foe!Why Ladders?The best thing about ladders in this period is that they were made from wood. This made it very easy to find the materials needed to build them and assemble them. This simple a...
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Ladders and Board Games

August 29, 2016 1
Ladders are great and useful tools, and ones that we would certainly be stuck without. Ladders are more prominent in our lives than we might think, and even feature in a number of board games and general games for children. Of course, there is one obvious one we can all think of, which will be included here, but there are more ladder related games than just Snakes and Ladders!Snakes and Ladders Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian game, that has origins based on morality, and was used to teach children and adults what good and bad deeds were. The original game had “squares of virtue”where the ladders represented good deeds, and the snakes represented the bad ones. The number of ladders is less than the number of snakes to remind us that the path to being a good and moral person is h...
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Ladders and Bad Luck

August 26, 2016 0
Ladders are known for causing bad luck if you walk under them. It’s interesting to see how superstitions are created and carry on even into the modern day. We know not to stand under one, but many people still don’t know why that is. How did the ladder come to be seen as a symbol of bad luck, and why is standing under one so bad? In this article, we will explore the origin of this superstition.Of course, walking under a ladder is generally unsafe and not advised, but there is more to this superstition than safety precautions. There are actually several theories with regards to where this interesting belief originated.Christianity and LaddersCuriously, one of the theories originates with Christianity. It is believed that the Holy Trinity forms a triangle as it has three points (just as ...
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Why You Need to Invest in a Combination Ladder

August 20, 2016 0
For those people that need to use a ladder for a variety of purposes, a combination ladder is a great investment. Most suitable for home use, these ladders can be used in numerous ways for different jobs. With plenty of different formats, investing in a combination ladder means the owner does not need to invest in other types of ladder.So it is obvious that the first benefit of investing in a combination ladder is its ability to save you money. A combination ladder is likely to be the only ladder you will ever need at home as it can be configured into a stepladder, an extension ladder, a stairway ladder and even a free standing ladder.The fact that you can reach different heights and it can be freestanding if necessary is also a great reason why you should invest. Its adjustable heights e...
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Ladders - A Look Back

August 12, 2016 0
Ladders are such useful, commonplace items in our world that we rarely stop and think about their origins and history. They are used for so many purposes, and even mentioned at various and frequent points during history, myth, and legends. The word ‘ladder’ can be traced as far back as having Latin origins, which is unsurprising considering they were used even in the Roman era. Where did the ladder come from and how has it been used throughout history? While its exact origins may be less clear than we would like, it’s interesting to see how this handy tool has been used across the ages.Early OriginsThe ladder is thought to have been first used during the Mesolithic period around 10,000 years ago. A cave painting found in Spain depicts two men climbing a ladder to reach a beehive so t...
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Ladder Climbing Contests

July 30, 2016 0
It may seem a little bizarre, but there is in fact a contest for climbing ladders in the fastest time. It takes place across the world every year, and is simply known as the ladder climbing contest. There are many videos of it to be found on the internet, and the sheer speed of some of the people involved is really quite extraordinary. Here is some more information about this bizarre yes fascinating competition.Who is Involved?It actually started as a competition for firemen, sort of similar to their own version of the Olympics. It’s a popular sport in America, but has also taken hold of some firefighting institutes across Europe as well. It’s a great way for them to keep fit, stay active, and even raise money for charity or to fund further training by selling tickets and turning it in...
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Should You Invest in a Work Platform?

July 29, 2016 0
Climbing up and down a ladder is all very well but if you need a wider space to work in then it might be better to choose an entirely different option. A work platform is essentially a mini scaffold system that allows you to do a range of jobs whether you are a professional trades person or a home owner who just wants to work in comfort and safety. There are plenty of different models on the market nowadays and one to suit most wallets.Work platforms have a number of great benefits:They allow you to work up to a height of about 1 metre and give you a platform that is about one and a half metre wide, all of which means you can cover a reasonable area in one go.They are easy to put up and take down and store, made of lightweight material that most people can handle with little or no trouble....
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The Pros and Cons of Spiral Staircases

July 25, 2016 2
If you are thinking of adding a touch of class to your home, then a spiral staircase might be just the ticket for getting that wow factor which impresses your friends and family. They’re elegant, easy to install and call to a bygone age of film stars and dramatic entrances. Many people choose to install one when they have something like a loft extension put in, but they can even be used to replace an existing traditional staircase to make more room or simply to make a style statement.You’re may think you are more likely to see a spiral staircase in older homes nowadays and they were very popular in Victorian times. The good news is that they are coming back into fashion and there are some great designs and makes out there to suit almost any taste and home.The Benefits of a Spiral Stair...
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Ladder Classifications

July 22, 2016 1
Not only do ladders come in a range of different styles and materials they also have different strengths and classifications. In order to ensure you have the right ladder for your needs, we have put together this blog post that outlines some of the different ladder classifications out there.In general the majority of ladders available in the UK and Europe meet the requirements of British and European standards. One of the longest certifications in place in Britain is the BS2037 and all step ladders and extension ladders must be subjected to this. The BS2037, which was introduced in 1994 contains three different class ratings. These are: Industrial also known as Class 1, Trade also known as Class EN131 and Domestic also known as Class 3. Each of these class ratings have been colour coded to...
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