Whether for building a new house or for renovations, scaffolding is one of the most useful tools to help you in conducting constructions above the ground. Apart from this, it has enough space for multiple workers as well as some tools. There are many types of scaffolding, some of which are professionally manufactured. Construction companies use their own company-made scaffolding. If you are going for do-it-yourself home improvement projects, be sure that you know how to assemble your own scaffolding. Here are the steps to assembling your own scaffolding.
- Location. Before setting up your scaffolding, make sure that it is has a secure base. The base is preferably a hard surface. However, you can also use small square planks to secure the footing of the scaffolding, such as when you are placing the scaffolding on sandy areas or soft ground. Apart from the ground location, you should also make sure that the corresponding height of the scaffolding will fit in with the area. If you are planning on building tall scaffolding, you might encounter wirings from electricity poles or tree branches. Avoid these, or clear the area and turn off the electricity that runs in the particular wires that will come into contact with the scaffolding.
- Build the base platform. Once the location has been determined, you need to create the base platform. Most scaffolding sets are made from iron pipes and tubing. These have pressed corners that can be fitted with bolts. The basic parts of the scaffold are the legs and the platform frame. The legs are usually a square frame with two overlapping legs at the bottom. It takes two of these to set up a platform frame which will sit on top of the legs. The legs also have built in ladders on the side to allow construction workers to climb the platform.
- Platform. The platform frame can be completed by adding in a couple of planks. In general, you should use the planks provided by the scaffolding manufacturer. Or, if these are not available, you should use supported plywood planks. Use at least two one-inch thick plywood planks placed securely on top of the platform frame. Use nails or screws to lock the platform into place.
- Add height. If you need more height to the scaffolding, you should add another pair of legs to the top of the platform frame. The platform frame should be left empty, but should still be installed even when not in use. These frames will help in pulling the legs together and ensuring stable scaffolding. You should also install diagonal braces between the legs to support the added weight of more scaffolding, as well as to keep the structure stable. Keep in mind that these structures are very sensitive, without the diagonal braces. Once the desired height is achieved, add the platform and secure into place.
Once the scaffolding has been assembled, make sure that you load the platform with only the bare necessities. If you sense that the platform planks are being over-strained with the weight of the workers or the equipment loaded into the scaffolding, immediately lessen the load and add supporting braces. You can also add another scaffolding side by side with the first, to allow more people to work on the area, or to place equipment closer to the area. Through these steps, you should be able to complete your do-it-yourself home renovation projects - no matter how high up it is.