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Title: ladders, planks , or scaffolds
Post by: brp on October 19, 2005, 06:07:20 PM
Hi, I am a new member here and also a newer contractor. I am doing a job that involves painting a ceiling on a third floor. My challenge is that the ceiling is below a staircase, and right below is nothing for 3 stories down. I need some type of system that involves using uneven legs (one side on the stairs, and one on the floor) , since the stairs are in the way. I also need something to go across the room to the other side, such as a plank, that will attach to another lift device. I don't know if there is a safe way to do this, since my work will involve a platform where there is nothing below. Any suggestions, and also, any safety gear to recommend? There is at least 10 feet or so between each side.

Title: Re:ladders, planks , or scaffolds
Post by: the PAINTSMITH on October 21, 2005, 10:56:22 AM
Hmm...Well, without a diagram or photo to help me visualize the situation a little more clearly, all I can come up with (barring getting an articulating manlift into the house), would be to set up with ladderjacks and a pick. Werner and a couple other companies make those neat adjustable convertable ladders, "Little Giant" is one of them. I have the Werner model, and it's been a godsend on staircases.

You could also rent some sectional rolling scaffolding. I've done 40 ft. church ceilings with those (there are outriggers to stabilize them if you're using more than a couple of sections).

This doesn't sound like a fun project--I hope that you bid accordingly... :o
Title: Re:ladders, planks , or scaffolds
Post by: admin on October 21, 2005, 09:11:54 PM
There is always a temptation to "rig" some staging with a challenging job. NEVER sacrifice safety.
A rolling scaffold could be a solution. You will need out rigs for the casters if the staging is going over 12 feet. Three "bucks" of 6 ft. 4 in. sections will top out at 20 feet, add a guard rail, safety belt & lanyard. Platform the entire working stage with walk boards or sheeting.
Follow all OSHA safety regulations while constructing and working from the scaffold.
Good Luck and be Careful.

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