Most modern ladders and platforms are made from lightweight metals such as aluminum, although it is still possible to buy more traditional wooden designs. Purchase ladders that meet current safety standards, and store them horizontally.
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These can have two or three sections. Brackets attached to each ladder section allow sections to slide over each other up into an extended position (right). Cleats at the lower level of the upper section secure the ladder in an extended position. For storage and moving, the sections are retractable.
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