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Posted on OK to make a ladder out of 2 x 4s??

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#1 posted 05-27-2020 02:53 PM

About every building I’ve been in that had a loft had a 2×4 ladder. I do advise doubling the sides. And use good quality screws or big nails.
Also those ladders are usually heavy so if you are intending to move them much I’d suggest buying a lightweight option.
As for your comment of 8ft isn’t to far to fall…. I had a buddy whose mom was killed when she fell backwards off a 3 foot step ladder and hit her head on a table. Also know a older guy whos dad died when he fell off a 5 foot pump house….. and personally seen a older woman trip and fall face first into concrete and broke her nose and some teeth…..... all that to say the distance of the fall is mostly irrelevant but the conditions of the impact make all the difference

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