“… Yes, those things that are like stairs and that are used to get up …” This is how most people usually refer to a scaffold; and are not completely wrong. Scaffolds are nothing more than a structure made of tubes; which fit together to provide you with a much more stable platform than a simple ladder. They give you much more comfort and facilities when doing some work in the higher parts of your home.
Because they allow you to have many tools at hand for the shape of their structure. The Scaffolding is a must when you are remodeling ceilings and walls in very high places, both indoors and outdoors. Its structure even allows you to use more than one scaffolding; as the models are usually of the standard type and can be stacked on top of each other to climb in the work you will perform. Here in Decorating Visita Casas we are going to teach you when and how to used it.
How many types of scaffolding are there?
One of the amenities provided by the scaffolding when it comes to remodeling your home is to have what you need. They are roomy enough to have paint cans for ceiling and wall covering work; as well as materials for heavier jobs such as bricks and cement for building walls. In fact there are several types of scaffolding depending on the work to be done. The most common are:
- Predominate multidirectional
- Mobile towers
- Towers of Cimbra
Also called European style. Are structures that are usually used when restoring a facade and simply lean on the floor or some other structure.
These can be connected to each other by bridges, and are useful for wide works of facades and whole walls.
The so-called “gondolas” are a type of suspended scaffold mostly used in buildings that require maintenance, restoration or cleaning of their windows.
They are fastened through cables long enough to reach from the top of the building to the ground floor.
We need to talk about the frequency
Depending on whether they are required with relative frequency, they can be part of the same building structure, to facilitate cleaning and maintenance work.
Many skyscrapers are built with supports for this type of structure; so that they can be assembled and removed relatively quickly.
There are some that have wheels to facilitate their transfer from one side to another as are the scaffolding of mobile towers, they are also known as access stairs.
Other types of scaffolding are those that form part of the others and are mostly used to support weight, rather than providing work space.
There are light and heavy, mobile, zipper… well, there are so many models and so different uses for each one; but it’s better to focus on what you need in your home.
The house needs a change, but what do I do?
You will need a scaffold that will allow you not only to reach up to where the roof begins; but also to give you enough space to have all those things you need. Because it would be very exhausting to be going up and down every so often and take with you those brushes and cans of paint that you bought.
A light scaffolding would be your best option for the exterior; those what are used for cleaning facade and restoration.
The idea is to raise the tools and be there long enough to replace that piece of wood or lining that deteriorated.
And, What if we need an indoor work?
Well, here it is a bit different. Indoors, the first thing you think about is the roof. One with the particularity of being mobile will work great.
One that you can move in any direction with just a little push and roll you to that part that needs a paint job; and if you have someone to help you when repainting or changing that already worn color of your ceiling that’s is even better!
And sure you thought a ladder would be your first answer, but think of everything you need: the paintbrush, the paint can, a roller, also at some point you will need to rest. It would be very dangerous to leave the ladder there in the middle of all.
They are somewhat unstable and things can fall into the slightest stumbling block; and you cannot be going up and down everything at every turn.
The comfort of the scaffold comes in the quantity of tubes from where you can place a small table as a shelf to leave things to one side without even moving the feet.
Safety tips with scaffolding
You should always think about safety first and foremost. Scaffolding is better in this respect. A well-rigged scaffolding system has a characteristic cube shape and that makes them very stable and wide enough for your work.
- Make sure that the mobile scaffold does not move on its own: Place brakes on the wheels.
- Tighten the nuts: Although the upper parts of a scaffold insert into the lower ones; they usually have holes where small metal rods or a screw with their nut are inserted to prevent them from being detached and released.
- The scaffold you use is not for play: Children love to climb things; but the tubes are too far apart to use as a ladder even for an adult. In that case some come with a ladder that will help you get higher.
- Beware: The old scaffolding was made of wood; but now, they are made of metal. A cable with a little hair up to copper could be disastrous.
- If the scaffold is very low, it will be difficult for you to reach the roof: if it is very high you will get a good blow when standing up. That’s why there’s so much pipe. Adjust the height of the shelf where you stand.
- Check that pipes are not rusted: bent, or fractured prior to arming. Even after assembling your scaffolding check that everything is well fixed where it should be. Follow the instructions.
- Always wear protection: gloves, helmets, and non-slip shoes. You will not want to fall from above.
- Check your moves: If for each movement you have the reflection of holding the structure when you are in the highest part, then something is wrong. Make sure the ground is level first, or at least do not move too much before climbing.
Do research before you buy your Scaffolding
Like everything, they have their limit. Do not use scaffolding for remodeling and painting for building or masonry. The scaffolding system does not withstand unlimited loads.
Each country certainly has regulations for the use of scaffolding, so investigate a little first, before using one on your own. Remember that in every remodeling process of your home you need the right implements.
These are, of course, just some of the tips you should take into account. Use common sense.
All work at home, however simple, carries some risk and more if they are high work; use the appropriate protection and clean your workspace at the end.