Folding ladders made of aluminium are a typical example of unsustainable design if you can't change the feet in a few easy steps. Because in tough construction site use, these, unlike the rest of the ladder, are quickly scrap.
It's probably very typical of me and my website that the fiftieth blog post, the anniversary post, is not a particularly nice story, but just a simple repair of an important item in our home.
And it reminded me once again how beautiful wooden ladders actually are, because they don't make that stupid, bright, annoying rattling noise but just hum along a bit when you push them back and forth.
Wood instead of plastic
Over time, the feet of our Heilo folding ladder have gone. They simply crumbled. Of course, the feet are only pressed in, as this step can be done more cheaply by machines in the factory. That's why there are no replacement feet, even though I would have ordered them immediately.
The repair was actually done quickly:
- old feet out, with drilling and chiselling out
- plane new feet out of leftover old beech wood
- round off edges
- chisel out the heel
- stain black
- press in
- drill and screw tight
- glue leather piece underneath
Like new and no longer so noisy. Instead, a new project has landed on my eternal project list: building a folding ladder out of wood that isn't so heavy. Sounds exciting.
The pictures speak for themselves. I'm sure it could be done even more beautifully, neatly and precisely, but in this case the goal was achieved quickly.
New piece screwed in, set up once and cut off at an angle. Nothing wobbles. The screw at the bottom is new, because only pressing it in should not hold, despite the heel.
Heilo folding ladder all feet broken or wobbly. Quick repair with beech and leather.