Telesteps: Some Frequently Asked Questions

Some products are destined to be a hit.

They seem to strike a chord in the psyche of consumers that when they're seen in action there's a collectively exhaled, "Ah!" of comprehension; the penny seems to drop as we can suddenly see the place the product will take up in our life.

One such brand of product is, undoubtably, Telesteps. For a brief overview of the company, their ethos and a snapshot of their product range, please watch this video interview.

However, just because a product fits that particular niche in our work or home life, we likely still have some questions about how to get the best from it. This is where Toolstop aims to help with our Telesteps FAQ.

FAQ #1: "How do I measure for a Telesteps loft ladder?"

Helpfully, Derek Grey from Telesteps made this video to show us exactly how to measure so that we buy the correct telescopic loft ladder.

First off, Telesteps make two loft ladders, the 60324 and the 60927. The model that's correct for your loft will depend, not on the size of loft hatch opening, but on the following:

  •  measure from the top of the joist in your loft 100mm downwards
  •  mark the joist at this 100mm mark with a line
  •  from that mark on the joist, measure downwards to the floor
  •  this measurement will, in turn, affect the model of Telesteps loft ladder you'll purchase

So, for example, if the measurement from the mark on the joist to the floor is 2.35 to 2.45m, then you will buy Telesteps loft ladder model 60324. Alternatively, if the measurement is between 2.50 and 2.97 you'll buy Telesteps loft ladder model 60927.

FAQ #2: "How do I fit the springs on a Telesteps loft ladder?"

telesteps loft ladders

It may, at first, seem a bit daunting when you've attached the top of the loft ladder but realise you need to tension a pair of springs. However, it's easier than it may first appear. First off, it's demonstrated in this video.

Get a cable tie, a larger sized one like is used in the video, and make a loop through the bottom ring on the spring (1). Simply slide one of the ring ends on the spring over the bar at the top of the loft ladder, the part that sits inside the loft (2).

Using the cable tie, gently pull the spring downwards until it reaches the lower bar (3). Slide the loop over the bar (4). Then use a knife to cut the cable tie.

Repeat on the other side of the loft ladder.

FAQ #3: "What is the maximum weight that a Telesteps ladder will support?"

This is a simple question to answer. Telesteps ladders will support a maximum weight of 150kgs. That's because they're are safety rated to EN131.

FAQ #4: "What does EN131 rating mean?"

Derek discussed the EN131 rating that all Telesteps telescopic access equipment have achieved in our video interview with him. See the video here, the relevant part starts at 5.20 minutes.

In basic terms, EN131 is a certification standard that ladders and access equipment can achieve in the UK and Europe. This acts as a guide as to the amount of weight, and the applications, that the product can withstand. As noted above, EN131 rated ladders will support 150kg in weight.

EN131 also denotes that the ladders are manufactured for "commercial" use, rather than domestic or industrial. More information can be found here.

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