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Garelick MFG. Company Step Stools & Ladders
Getting the right ladder helps you stay safe as you work or play. Staples has options available from Garelick MFG. Company and other popular brands.
Choosing the Right Step Stools Pool ladders that have platforms help swimmers get in and out easily, while molded step stools give kids a boost as they learn to use the toilet. Telescopic ladders extend to reach greater heights but reduce in size for easy storage when they aren't needed. Diving styles support divers with angled steps. Many ladders and stools have extra grips or tread designs that prevent slipping.
Important Features for Step Stools and Ladders Step stools support you as you work or reach for items, so they must be strong and durable. Most step stools have wide, solid platforms to support the whole foot. Ladders have evenly-spaced footholds with extra grip to prevent falls; some, like diving styles, split the ladder in two with a single bar in the middle of the steps. This makes it easier for divers to use the ladder without running into the sides with flippers.
Are There Differences Between Step Stools and Step Ladders? Step stools hold up to 200 pounds as rated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Heavy-duty stools hold up to 300 pounds. Some fold away, while others come in molded shapes that fit around toilets or against furniture, depending on its intended use. Some step stools have a bar or bar with utility tray. These items help users keep their balance and give them a place to store tools or other items as they work. Step ladders vary because they are much taller than the one- or two-step stools. Step ladders extend up to 20 feet in some cases, making it possible to work on ceilings and roofing, among other possibilities.
Which Is Better, Molded or Foldable Step Stools? Most molded options have one or two steps. They fit specifically into a particular position; for example, a molded stool might be designed to fit around a toilet or into a corner. They provide extra height in those specific locations without taking up too much room. They remain out at all times in most cases. Foldable step stools, on the other hand, fold away and may be hidden from view when not in use. They tend to be made of metal, which may be stronger than the plastic or wood used to create a molded step stool.
Is it Safe to Stand on the Top Rung of a Ladder? When using a ladder, it's unsafe to use any of the top three rungs. Standing at least three rungs down means you'll be around three feet from the top of the ladder, which braces the legs against the body of the ladder and gives your body more support to prevent a fall or unbalancing the ladder.
Staples has a selection of Garelick MFG Company ladders available for a wide range of uses including reaching a roof, getting back into a boat or climbing out of a pool.