Simple Homemade Scaffolding
Safe to use and inexpensive to build, here's an alternative to ladders, pump jacks, and rented scaffolding
Synopsis: Veteran builder Mike Guertin argues that you can build these versatile A-frames for less than the cost of renting a 5-ft. section of scaffolding for one day. Here he explains how to build these A-frames from framing lumber.
Whether you work on houses for a living or just enjoy doing projects around your home, chances are you need to work up in the air sometimes. There’s a lot you can do from a ladder, if you know how to set up and use a ladder safely. Pump jacks and ladder lacks are an option. And some builders are starting to stage their projects from start to finish, like you would more commonly see in commercial construction. That seems like a pretty smart idea, particularly when building a house where you’ll be working on the walls in stages. This is common in high-performance homes.
For many of us,…