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I'm building an extension to my two man ladder stand. I have quotes for both 11 gauge and 14 gauge steel. Would both hold or is 14 too light for a 500lbs rating stand? I'd rather not find out up in the stand!

Question by griffon_49. Uploaded on November 22, 2010

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Your question does not furnish enough material and dimensional data to do a stress analysis to develop a load rating. Better to go with the heavier gauge or pay an engineer to figure it out before you test the g-force of a ground impact.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

What Wam said, but I would add thereing as "Too is no such thing as "TOO STURDY!!!!!!!!!"

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Even if you add on addition stronger structure in a modification, what effect will it have on the weakest part of the existing structure? Something to think about. I assume you are talking about extension of the ladder only.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

the stronger the better. I'd say good welding is almost more important. I made a duck bling with 14ga square tubing for my boat. You can stand on it and its pretty sturdy. But for a short ladder extension you might as well go with the stronger stuff

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Or use 11 for the uprights and 14 for the steps

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from griffon_49 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Thanks guys...going with the 11 gauge and it's only for the ladder part...i'll bolt it along with the weld.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Your question does not furnish enough material and dimensional data to do a stress analysis to develop a load rating. Better to go with the heavier gauge or pay an engineer to figure it out before you test the g-force of a ground impact.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Even if you add on addition stronger structure in a modification, what effect will it have on the weakest part of the existing structure? Something to think about. I assume you are talking about extension of the ladder only.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

What Wam said, but I would add thereing as "Too is no such thing as "TOO STURDY!!!!!!!!!"

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from griffon_49 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Thanks guys...going with the 11 gauge and it's only for the ladder part...i'll bolt it along with the weld.

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

the stronger the better. I'd say good welding is almost more important. I made a duck bling with 14ga square tubing for my boat. You can stand on it and its pretty sturdy. But for a short ladder extension you might as well go with the stronger stuff

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

Or use 11 for the uprights and 14 for the steps

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