Scaffolding is a versatile piece of equipment. Many think of scaffolding as a tool that is only used during construction of large buildings, but that’s not the case. In fact, it has many uses in smaller home and DIY projects. We’ll discuss a few of those uses today, as well as a few basic safety tips to ensure that you complete your project without incident or injury.
Uses of Scaffolding
There are many uses of scaffolding in home renovation, repair and DIY.
- Painting high interior walls
- Painting, stuccoing or laying brick on the exterior of a home
- Cleaning or repairing ceilings, fans or light fixtures
- Cleaning or repairing gutters, roofs or chimneys
In general, scaffolding is much safer than a ladder. It provides a more stable, supportive surface on which to stand, and guardrails protect against falling. The wide work space will allow you to keep tools and equipment close by, instead of having to go up and down the ladder every time you need something. That being said, there are important safety considerations to keep in mind.
- Rent the right piece for your project.
Working on uneven ground? Plan to move around as you work? Our Minneapolis equipment rental experts can help you figure out the right rental for your project.
- Get a stable base.
Never stack bricks, blocks or wood under the scaffolding to raise or level it. Rent leg extensions or casters to ensure that you have a stable base.
- Use the right planks.
Don’t use standard wood planks – you need stronger planks to ensure your safety.
- Move safely.
When moving a scaffold, first remove all tools and materials. Avoid overhead wires and power lines, and don’t roll it near ditches, holes or steep slopes.
Scaffolding is a helpful tool for a variety of home repair and DIY projects. Visit our equipment rental catalog to see our wide variety of scaffolding rentals. If you’re not sure about the equipment or tool rentals you need for your projects, give our friendly Minneapolis rental experts a call.