Today another milestone occurred! I have used my scaffold for the last time on our house. All of the scaffold work is finally done. Originally I thought of using only a ladder, as that is what my parents used to do.
However upon trying it out I realized it is too slow and too cumbersome. Also I have realized that if you are doing work that is 4 meters (13 feet for metric impaired wink emoticon ) or higher you should be using a scaffold.
I am not scared of heights per say. I just need to get used to it. I remember when I was a teenager my father used to send me up the ladder or onto the roof. I always thought it was because he was “lazy”, but now I realize he was scared of heights. For when I was not around, it was my mother that did the height work.
My brother can handle heights if there is firm ground. Otherwise not a chance. Me I am now used to the 8.5 meters (28 feet) that our house is. And let me tell you I did some funky stuff as you will see by the pictures.
The EARLY days… That was my first scaffold. It was only 10 feet high, and 15 inches wide. I ran across it often and did not think twice, but many folks hated it…
Here I am using a single scaffold while preparing a wall before insulation.
A fully insulated wall with the wood struts used for the facade
This was the highest. Here we have 28 feet of single scaffolding.
The hard part is put it up and taking it down. For then you have to remove the guards and safety pieces. The scaffold wobbles like crazy and you have be very careful with your next steps and actions.
My first scaffold. A redneck edition. My brother was not impressed.
Working during the winter in the snow… It was ok, but my feet and hands kept getting really cold. And due the effort needed I could only work 7 hour days doing this work.
For every piece of wood I would have to go up and down the scaffold. I usually needed two pieces of wood per row. So typically I went up and down 200 times a day. I did this for 3 months!!!
I worked during the winter, which was a bit dangerous as snow and ice built up and I had to be careful. But I had an awesome view.
That is siding, insulation, and preparation.
Here you see the snow I had to deal with.
This was under the construction floor where I used construction boards to create a floor for the scaffold.
This was my first scaffold idea, and my brother freaked out. I built a floor with wood. Then used the scaffold as a center orientation piece. And as a second floor I used more boards, on top of which I put a ladder.
My brother looked at that, asked “is it stable?” I responded, “not really, it bounces like bamboo.” He rolled his eyes. The hardest aspect was putting the second level ladder to the edge, getting to the top of the second level ladder and then looking straight down. Since the surface was “stable” it took some getting used to.
Here is the two scaffold construct I used. I bought a second scaffold, and then put wooden beams across to create levels. The rub here is that the center beams were bouncy and the highest levels did require getting some used to. Especially when there was snow and ice. You could easily slip and fall down 6 meters.
Actually I did fall, but only 3 meters. Though I cracked my telephone screen. At that point I stopped putting my phone in my back pocket.