Home maintenance sometimes requires greater reach and movement than what a step or extension ladder gives. A scaffold may solve the problem, but exercise great caution when setting up any homemade scaffold. Creating a scaffold is easy but you should always work under a buddy system. A spotter can help if there is a problem, and provide emergency care if needed.
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Things you need
- Two or more end braces such as sawhorses or stepladders
- Two planks of sufficient length, width, and thickness
Place two or more sawhorses side by side.
Place the planks lengthwise upon the sawhorses to provide the footing for the scaffolding. This works if the height to be reached is less than 10 feet.
Place two identical stepladders with the steps facing one another for higher projects.
Slide the planks through the steps at the height you need. This set up allows you to adjust the scaffolding height by using a higher step if you need to reach higher.
Tips and warnings
- According to OSHA the maximum span for a 1-1/4 x 9-inch or wider plank is only four feet. The OSHA minimum recommendation for total front-to-back width of the scaffold is 18 inches.
- Objects such as paint cans should not be placed on the scaffold where they can trip the worker or be knocked off to endanger someone below.
- Unstable footing for any part of the scaffold can cause it to fall down. Ensure the feet are solidly placed on the scaffold.
- Leave a sufficient length of board past the contact point to ensure it does not "walk off" the contact.
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