Exterior House Work, House and Acreage Restoration

March to the Scaffold

Perhaps it might be more accurate to say “March with the Scaffold,” but Berlioz didn’t title his piece that way. In the house restoration adventure, we have had the help of a lot of tools. But one contraption that deserves credit (that I rarely mention) is the scaffolding.

I rarely mention scaffolding because it’s a little scary and a pain in the ass to move.

The scaffolding contains a series of pieces that you can arrange (however you need) to get whatever height you need to be on the tops of walls and the roof. The concept is like laying legos on top of each other, but it feels more like you are playing jenga.

X-Braces
X-Braces

There are X-braces that hold the two wall of the scaffolding together. These walls slide on top of each other through posts. Then these big metal platforms can hook onto the walls to create a walking/working space.

Metal Platforms Set on the Scaffolding
Metal Platforms Set on the Scaffolding

The concept is phenomenal. However, it doesn’t feel as sturdy as one might expect. Partly, this is due to the ground being uneven. Despite using a level to make sure the scaffolding is safe, there is always a little sway when you are on top of it. Then, there’s the awkwardness of trying to get to the very top on the metal platform while it is ever so lightly swaying forty feet above the ground.

View from the Top
View from the Top

I actually have no idea how high I am off the ground when on it, I prefer not to know, but it’s high enough that if you fell you’d either die or severely injure yourself.

Tyler balancing on the top of the scaffolding, while nailing plywood onto the house
Tyler balancing on the top of the scaffolding, while nailing plywood onto the house

At least there is a little bit of sanity; we do not use the scaffolding while it is raining. But most of the work required now, involves being on and moving the scaffolding (one piece at a time). I’ll be very glad when we are done with it.

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