A telescopic ladder is adjustable in length. It is small and portable and can extend whenever needed. It has a folding design that allows the ladder to collapse into sections, like a telescope. A telescopic ladder is a popular type of ladder because of its high-quality components. Its parts are made of aluminium and are strong enough to withstand the weight of steel.
To be considered for the En131-6 standards, a telescopic ladder must meet the following criteria. These ladder rungs must be 50% larger than the standard telescopic ladders and angled for maximum comfort and grip. Not all Telescopic ladders meet these criteria.Telescopic ladders are a better replacement for traditional ladders in different aspects. They are light, reliable, and durable. Although these ladders are more durable and compact than traditional ones, they too are prone to damages. Damages are occurred mainly due to poor maintaining, mishandling, and using it for the wrong purpose. So, you must know the common faults that can happen with these ladders.
Common Faults of a Telescopic Ladder
Stiff up and down Mechanism
The collapsible rungs in a Telescopic ladder should move freely up and down the stiles while retracting and extending. This process is vital for the smooth functioning of the ladder. Sometimes when you try to fold and unfold the ladder, this won’t happen naturally. Excess accumulation of dirt may be the core reason for the stiffness. The dirt gathered in the ladder will clog the inside of the stiles and make them stiff, and it will be difficult for the rungs to move up and down smoothly. You may spray silicone-based furniture polish on the stiles of the ladder to solve the problem. Never try to lubricate the ladder with a WD40 lubricant. It may also make the ladder stiff in movement.
Faulty Locking Mechanism
A distinctive telescopic Ladder has 32 locking Mechanisms. The efficiency of your ladder locking mechanism is very significant. You need to check it every time before using it. It is the lock mechanism that holds each rung in position. This issue occurs when the locking mechanism on a telescopic ladder is faulty. It prevents the ladder’s entire body from fully extending.
When used properly, a telescopic ladder can provide a stable platform. However, it can also cause issues with its stability due to a detachable stabilizer base. It happens especially when you extend the ladder to its maximum height. If your telescopic ladder is of good quality and purchased from a reputable company, you never experience this kind of fault unless you exceed the ladder’s maximum weight capacity.
Shaky Telescopic Ladder
This fault usually occurs in low-quality telescopic ladders due to the frequent movements and squeaks which may happen when using them at their fully extended height. Long-term use is the core reason for this fault. Though this issue usually applies to both new and used ladders. If you experience this fault in a new or recently bought ladder, assuredly it is because of the low quality.